The NSW Government have announced that Coffs Harbour and Bellingen are now included as defined disaster areas for the $10,000 bushfire support grant (this is a separate grant to the NSW COVID-19 $10,000 grant). Please refer to the Service NSW website for a full list specified Local Government Areas (LGA’s) included for this grant.

The grant is available to small businesses who have experienced a drop in revenue (because of the bushfires) of at least 40% over a relevant three month period, in comparison to the same period in the previous year.

To be eligible, a business must demonstrate that it was subject to at least one of the following:

  • Significantly reduced customer numbers, such as through consumer perception of danger and smoke haze;
  • An evacuation order or tourism leave order; or
  • Other supply chain interruptions or stock damage resulting in reduced sales, such as road closures and utility disconnections.

The grant monies may be used for, but is not limited to:

  • Meeting standard business costs, including utilities, salaries and rent;
  • Seeking financial advice to support the recovery of the business;
  • Adjusting the business to be viable in the changed local context following the bushfires ;
  • Developing the business and extending business reach through marketing and communications activities; or
  • Improvements to make the business more resilient to future disasters.

Applications are open on the Service NSW website.

If you require any assistance with the eligibility or application process, please do not hesitate to contact our office at

– Brad Sheaves

Posted 11.05.2020

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