“On top of the already crippling COVID-19 challenges, our border communities have been dealing with the major economic impacts of border closures blocking staff from work and customers from accessing services,” said Business NSW Regional Manager Andrew Cottrill.
“The NSW Government response targets our most impacted small businesses and this funding will help sustain businesses and jobs until we can revert to a more open and flexible border community permit system."
The Southern Border Small Business Support Grant includes two tiers, the $5000 grant for employing and non-employing small businesses, such as sole traders, that have suffered at least a 30% decline in turnover.
The $10,000 tier is for employing small businesses that have suffered at least a 75% decline as result of border restrictions.
However the Grant can only be used for expenses of which no other government support is available. For example, it cannot be used to pay wages for staff eligible under JobKeeper.
Cottrill encouraged eligible businesses to apply.
“We encourage business operators to check their eligibility once the grant program opens and to maintain the dialogue on their progress. We want to maximise the take up to sustain jobs and our regional economy and will request Service NSW provide every assistance on the ground to help make this happen.
“We also remain hopeful the Deputy Premier will have more to say on much needed changes to the border permit system when he visits the border again this week.”