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Bid Blast #29 June 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.
June 8, 2021
Hello to everyone. The 2020/2021 financial year has almost concluded.
The June bid blast focuses on a selection of grant and program opportunities under the categories of:
1. Business Grants: 6 Opportunities
2. Community Grants: 5 Opportunities
3. Infrastructure Grants: 5 Opportunities
4. Disaster Recovery Grants and Funding: 6 Opportunities
- 4.1 Bushfire Assistance: 2 Opportunities
- 4.2 COVID-19 Assistance: 2 Opportunities
- 4.3 Storm and Flood Assistance: 2 Opportunities
Hurry! The Small Business Fees and Charges Rebate, FRRR Investing in Not-for-Profit Capacity in Regional NSW (INFPC) Glen Innes Severn Grant, Everyone Can Play, Local Sporting Champions and Stronger Country Communities Fund - Round Four – Infrastructure Grant applications all close in June.
Apply for your NSW Government Dine & Discover NSW vouchers now and support our applicable LGA businesses as this program ends 30 June 2021. Information on the vouchers is in the Community Grants section of this Bid Blast.
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 30 May 2021, Glen Innes Severn Council has had sixteen (16) grant applications approved for a total of $12,883,551 Ex GST. A further eleven (11) applications currently submitted are pending decision for a total of $16,973,909 Ex GST. There have been five (5) unsuccessful applications for a total of $4,704,448 Ex GST.
A highlight for Council and residents since the May bid blast was the successful grant approval to build a Skywalk at Centennial Parklands. This new tourism and local active participation attraction will integrate Celtic and Ngoorabul culture around an elevated walk at a high vantage point over the town and surrounding landscape. The ongoing economic benefits for Glen Innes businesses from increased tourism from this project will be an indirect positive outcome.
The month has again been a busy time for Council in-regards to me completing fund reports to Government Funding Departments on grants approved to Glen Innes Severn Council.
For an update on Economic Development including grants please see the May 2021 Council Business Paper, pages 117 to 140 and 147 to 161. Click here to view.
You can also sign up to receive the Economic Development e-newsletter here: Click here.
Richard Quinn, Grants Officer
Glen Innes Severn Council
4. Disaster Recovery Grants and Funding
4.1 Storm and Flood Assistance
4.1.1 Special Disaster Assistance (Storms & Floods) Primary Producer Grants
Closes: 31 October 2021
Value: Up to $75,000 per affected property
Run By: NSW Government – Rural Assistance Authority
The objective of this assistance measure made under agreements between the Commonwealth and State Governments, is to support the recovery of primary producers impacted by the storms and floods starting 10 March 2021, across NSW. The Special Disaster Assistance (Storms & Floods) Grants, provide a grant to primary producers to help pay for the costs of clean-up and reinstatement of primary production enterprises that have suffered direct damage as a result of the eligible disaster.
Glen Innes Severn is a defined disaster area from this event.
a) The maximum grant amount for clean-up, reinstatement activities and emergency measures, per affected property (subject to section 4), is $75,000.
b) Funds of up to $15,000 will be provided to eligible, approved applicants, without the need to provide invoices at the point of application. Such funds can be provided on the basis of quotes or estimates, noting that evidence: eg valid tax invoices will be required in relation to that first $15,000, if the applicant seeks funding from above $15,000 to $75,000.
c) Funds of between $15,000 to $75,000 will require valid tax invoices at the point at which claims are made.
d) All supporting documentation including tax invoices and receipts for claims must be submitted within 12 months of the date of the declaration.
e) Should an initial application be less than the maximum grant amount, further applications may be submitted if additional expenditure is required to complete clean-up and reinstatement activities.
To be eligible for the grant, the applicant must:
a) be a primary producer;
b) derive at least 50% of their gross income from the primary production enterprise;
c) contributes a part of their labour to the primary production enterprise;
d) hold an Australian Business Number (ABN) and have held that ABN at the time of the disaster;
e) have a primary production enterprise located in the defined area for the eligible disaster that has suffered direct damage as a result of the eligible disaster;
f) have been engaged in carrying on the primary production enterprise when affected by the eligible disaster;
g) have lodged an application by 31 October 2021.; and
h) intend to re-establish the primary production enterprise.
An applicant may also be eligible for a grant if all of the following apply:
a) the applicant’s primary production enterprise is located outside the defined disaster area for the eligible disaster but is carried on at least sometimes on a regular basis in the area;
b) plant or equipment of the primary production enterprise situated in the defined disaster area has been damaged or livestock has died as a result of the eligible disaster; and
c) The applicant derives at least 50 per cent of their total gross income from primary production and value-added products (eg wine) made directly from raw produce grown by the applicant.
Where an applicant’s income from primary production is less than 50 per cent of their total income, the applicant may nonetheless be eligible for a grant if it can be demonstrated that:
a) In the ordinary course of business the applicant would meet that requirement, but:
(i)Their primary production income is currently reduced due to seasonal conditions; and/or
(ii) Due to long lead times to full production, the applicant expects to earn such an amount of income within a three to eight year period, taking into account the nature of the industry.
Further information and guidelines: Click here.
4.1.2 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.
4.2 Bushfire Assistance
4.2.1 Natural Disaster Transport Subsidy
Value: Up to $15,000
Run By: NSW Government – Rural Assistance Authority
A natural disaster assistance transport subsidy is available to eligible farmers who are affected by a declared natural disaster event.
This subsidy pays for the cost of transporting:
• fodder and/or water to an affected property
• stock to sale or slaughter
• stock to/from agistment
Note: Drought is no longer a declared natural disaster.
Subsidies of up to 50% of the total freight costs to a maximum of $15,000 per farm enterprise per financial year are available. The $15,000 is counted within a financial year from the date when the payment is made to the applicant.
Further information, eligibility and criteria: Click here.
4.2.2 Bushfire Restoration Grants - Tree Planting
Value: In-Kind Trees
Run By: Foundation for National Parks
This program provides trees from the FNPW Bushfire Recovery Nurseries for restoration activities in and around bushfire impacted areas
Trees provided as in-kind are to be sourced through one of the FNPW Bushfire Recovery Nurseries. A minimum of 1,000 trees (>3m) for all orders. Approximately 50,000 trees are available in nurseries as of March 31 for planting in 2021.
Decision and contact to all applicants will be made via email within 14 days of application.
Further information: Click here.
4.3 COVID -19 Assistance
4.3.1 Boosting Cash Flow for Employers
Closes: Not Specified
Value: $20,000 to $100,000
Run By: Australian Taxation Office
Temporary cash flow boosts will support small and medium businesses and not-for-profit organisations during the economic downturn associated with COVID-19.
Eligible businesses and not-for-profit (NFP) organisations who employ staff will receive between $20,000 to $100,000 in cash flow boost amounts by lodging their activity statements up to the month or quarter of September 2020.
The cash flow boosts will be delivered as credits in the activity statement system. They will generally be equivalent to the amount withheld from wages paid to employees for each monthly or quarterly period from March to June 2020. In practice, this means you keep the amounts you have withheld from payments for these periods. However, there are some exceptions.
An additional cash flow boost is applied when you lodge activity statements for each monthly or quarterly period from June to September 2020. These credits are equal to the total boosts credited for March to June 2020. They will be paid out in either two or four instalments depending on your reporting cycle.
Further information, eligibility and criteria: Click here.
4.3.2 Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment
Value: $1,500 for each 14-day period you’ve been told to self-isolate or quarantine,
or are caring for someone with COVID-19 for eligible applicants.
Run By: Services Australia
Provides a lump sum financial assistance to limit the financial hardship for eligible individuals who are unable to earn an income having been informed by a health official in the state they live and/or work to self-isolate or quarantine due to COVID-19.
Claimants are required to complete an application by telephone or by submitting a completed claim form by fax to Services Australia. The easiest way to claim is over the phone.
A claim will be assessed by Services Australia against the eligibility criteria before making payment and claimants will be notified by letter if their claim has been granted or rejected. Where requested, a claimant may also need to provide evidence of meeting the eligibility criteria for the payment.
Services Australia makes every effort to process claims as quickly as possible. Depending on individual circumstances, payments can be released in real time to the claimant’s Australian bank account.
Further details and eligibility: 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 – Service NSW, Impact Investing Australia, Australian Government - Job Active, NSW Government – Department of Regional NSW, NSW Government - Local Land Services – Northern Tablelands, NSW Government – Service NSW, NSW Government - Department of Regional NSW, Federation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR), Australian Government – SportAus, NSW Government – Department of Veterans Affairs, NSW Government – Department of Planning and Environment, NSW Government – Office of Responsible Gambling, NSW Government – Rural Assistance Authority, Foundation for National Parks, Australian Taxation Office, Australian Government – Tourism and Business, Services Australia, Joint Commonwealth-State-Territory Governments Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).
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