Businesses impacted by school COVID safety measures late last year now have access to a grant program to help them get back on track.
The $14 million grant program will be available to businesses whose services schools were restricted from accessing in Term 4 of 2021. The restrictions primarily impacted overnight camp providers and music education instructors and services.
The grants will provide eligible businesses and not for profit organisations one-off payments equal to 40 per cent of their decline in Term 4 2021 turnover compared to previous years, up to $15,000.
Nationals Minister for Education and Early Learning Sarah Mitchell said the grants would help organisations restart and refocus on delivering quality programs for NSW school students.
“I know just how hard the pandemic has hit small business, and for those offering camps and some music programs, their recovery is just beginning as schools return under new COVID-smart settings,” Ms Mitchell said.
Guidelines for the grants will be available this month, with businesses expected to apply for grants in April through their Service NSW for Business profile.
The application process will mirror existing business grant programs to deliver a consistent customer experience and help ensure eligible businesses receive support quickly.
Almost 500,000 businesses have Service NSW for Business profiles and the government can reuse existing proof of identity and business information to help make the application process quick and easy for business customers