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Bid Blast #27 April 2021 - Welcome to Glen Innes Severn Council’s newsletter informing committees, community groups, businesses, Council, not-for- profits and individuals of potential funding opportunities through grants and programs.
April 19, 2021
Hello to everyone. April has arrived with the cooler months approaching.
This April bid blast focuses on a selection of grant and program opportunities under the categories of:
1. Business Grants: 6 opportunities
2. Community Grants: 8 Opportunities
3. Infrastructure Grants: 4 Opportunities
4. Disaster Recovery Grants and Funding: 5 Opportunities
- 4.1 COVID-19 Assistance: 2 Opportunities
- 4.2 Storm and Flood Assistance: 2 Opportunities
- 4.3 Bushfire Assistance: 1 Opportunity
Hurry! The Volunteer Grants Activity - 2021 Volunteer Grants - MP Nominations fund closes on 28 April with the NSW Regional Business Event Development Fund and White Rock Wind Farm Grants closing on 30 April 2021.
Links to further information and eligibility are provided at the end of each category listing which will direct you to the appropriate website for full details and how to apply for that grant or program.
For the 2020/2021 financial year up to 16 April 2021, Glen Innes Severn Council has had fourteen (14) grant applications approved for a total of $9,088,733 Ex GST. A further thirteen (13) applications currently submitted are pending decision for a total of $19,001,809 Ex GST. There have been three (3) unsuccessful applications for a total of $4,626,548 Ex GST.
For an update on Economic Development including grants please see the February 2021 Council Business Paper, pages 113 to 136 and 146 to 149. Click here.
Or you can sign up to receive the Economic Development e-newsletter. Click here.
Enjoy the rest of your April.
Richard Quinn, Grants Officer
Glen Innes Severn Council
4.1 Storm and Flood Assistance
4.1.1 NSW Storms and Floods: 10 March 2021 - Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment
Closes: 28 September 2021
Value: $1,000 per eligible adult and $400 per eligible child
Run By: Australian Government
The Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment (AGDRP) provides one-off financial assistance to eligible Australians adversely affected by the storms and floods.
The rate of AGDRP is $1000 per eligible adult and $400 per eligible child. Claims for this payment can be lodged with Services Australia for a period up to 6 months.
AGDRP is available for people who have been seriously injured, have lost their homes or whose homes have been directly damaged, whose major assets have been directly damaged or are the immediate family members of a person who has died as a direct result of the storms and floods.
Glen Innes Severn LGA is included in the sixty-four (64) eligible local government areas. You have until 28 September 2021 to lodge a claim for AGDRP.
For more information on eligibility: Click Here.
Or contact the Australian Government Information Hotline on 180 22 66 for claims assistance.
4.1.2 Joint Commonwealth-State-Territory Governments Disaster Recovery
Funding Arrangements (DRFA)
Closes: Not specified
Value: Not specified
Run By: Joint Commonwealth-State-Territory Governments Disaster Recovery
Funding Arrangements (DRFA)
The joint Australian, state and territory governments' Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA) provide a range of financial assistance to the natural disaster-declared areas in each state or territory.
For the north coast storms and floods from 10 March 2021 onwards the available assistance measures include:
• Personal hardship and distress assistance
• Counter disaster operations
• Restoration of damaged essential public assets
• Concessional interest rate loans for small businesses, primary producers and non-profit organisations
• Freight subsidies for primary producers
• Grants for non-profit organisations
Assistance may be available for the Glen Innes Severn LGA.
For information on available recovery assistance: Click here.
For further information on recovery arrangements: Click here
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade will replace passports that have been lost or damaged in declared natural disasters free of charge:
4.2 COVID -19 Assistance
4.2.1 COVID-19 Consumer Travel Support Program
Open: Expected late April 2021
Closes: Expected June 2021
Value: $7,500 up to a maximum of $100,000 for each successful applicant.
Run By: Australian Government – Tourism and Business
On 11 March 2021, the Australian Government announced a second round of the COVID-19 Consumer Travel Support Program. An additional $130 million has been provided under Round Two to help give eligible travel agents breathing space to facilitate customer refunds, and follow up travel credits. Several adjustments will be made to this second round to take into account industry feedback. Round Two is expected to open in late April 2021.
Changes under Round Two of the Program:
The Government will continue to consult with industry to finalise the conditions of Round Two. However key changes include:
1. Simplifying the assessment and payment process for businesses eligible for a second payment under the program.
2. Increasing the payment amounts, from $7,500 up to a maximum of $100,000 (maximum payment amount is unchanged).
3. Reducing the number of turnover tiers used to calculate payments, from 41 in Round One to nine in Round Two.
Eligibility under Round Two:
The objective of Round Two of the Program is to provide travel agents and inbound tour operators and tour wholesalers (tour arrangement service providers, consistent with ANZSIC code 7220) who qualified for Round One of the Program, a second grant payment. This payment will assist these businesses to continue to meet their legal obligations to credit and refund Australian consumers unable to travel due to COVID-19. Eligibility requirements include:
• The business has been operating a business as either a travel agent or inbound tour operator, and tour wholesaler (tour arrangement service provider, consistent with ANZSIC code 7220), prior to the announcement of the closure of international borders by the Prime Minister on 19 March 2020, and is continuing to operate that business; and
• Had a turnover of between $50,000 and $20 million (which can equate to a Total Transaction Value (TTV) of between $500,000 and $200 million) for the 2019 calendar year; and
• Was in receipt of the extension of the JobKeeper payment from 28 September 2020 to 28 March 2021.
• Have qualified and received a payment under Round One of the Program;
• Sign a declaration that your business is solvent as at the opening date of Round Two of the program, that you intend to continue to operate your business throughout the June quarter 2021, and make best endeavours to retain your staff; and
• Commit to continue to trade and to meet your businesses obligations including to process refunds and travel credits to Australian consumers and to continue to provide services to your customers.
Additional verification points under Round 2 include:
• Applicants whose appeals are upheld under Round One of the program (including those with TTV greater than $20m but turnover less than $20 million) will be eligible for Round Two. The turnover used to determine the Round One payment will be the basis of any Round Two payment.
• Eligible applicants who recorded and were assessed on a turnover of $500,000 or more under Round One will be subject to an additional assessment by Austrade. Those found to have received a payment based on TTV in Round One that was greater than they would otherwise have received if the payments for Round One and Two were calculated on turnover, will not be eligible for a Round Two payment.
Consideration is also being given to the circumstances of mid-sized agents who operate multiple outlets under a single ABN.
Please refer to the COVID-19 Consumer Travel Support Program Guidelines in the section below for Round One (available now) and Round Two (available shortly) for the full eligibility criteria.
For further information: Click here.
4.2.2 Business Connect
Value: Advice and Support
Run By: NSW Government
Whether you are just starting out with a great business idea or looking to expand and grow your business, Business Connect services can help you on your journey to business success. Business Connect is a dedicated and personalised NSW Government program that provides trusted advice to help you start or grow your small business.
You can access free business advice and webinars including:
• developing a customised recovery strategy
• managing your cashflow
• accessing finance including grants and loans
• marketing your business to reach new customers
• connecting to other government support and local professional services.
For access to free business advice and webinars: Click here.
4.3 Bushfire Assistance
4.3.1 Public Land Boundary Fencing Program
Closes: 30 June 2021
Value: Up to $5,000 per Km
Run By: NSW Government - Local Land Services
Private landholders who share a boundary with public land and were impacted by the Northern and Southern fires of late 2019 and early 2020 are eligible to receive up to $5,000 per kilometre to contribute to the replacement of damaged boundary fences adjoining public lands.
Note that for the purposes of this grant, public lands includes:
• National parks
• Forestry Corporation land
• Travelling stock reserves
• Crown reserves, tenured roads and leases
• Roads managed by Roads and Maritime Services or Local Government.
Grants can be issued retrospectively to cover costs already incurred by landholders replacing fire damaged fencing where a boundary is shared with public lands.
Further information, eligibility and criteria: Click here.
Disclaimer: Information for this Bid Blast sourced from www.grants.gov.au, www.business.gov.au, Regional Development Australia Northern Inland, NSW Government – Destination NSW, CSIRO, SafeWork NSW, NSW Government – Local Land Services, Australian Government – Community Grant Hub, Glen Innes Severn Council, Essential Energy, Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal, Australian Government – Department of Veteran Affairs, NSW Government – Services NSW, nsw Government – Office of Sport, Australian Government – Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications, NSW Government – Office of Responsible Gaming, Australian Government – Tourism and Business, NSW Government – Resilience NSW, Joint Commonwealth-State-Territory Governments Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).
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