Small Business Bushfire Recovery Grant

The South Australian Government has partnered with the Commonwealth Government to offer financial assistance under Disaster Recovery Arrangements to those impacted by bushfires in South Australia.

Financial assistance of up to $50,000 is available to impacted small businesses for costs associated with clean-up, restoration and rebuilding.Available funding includes:
  • An initial amount of up to $25,000 to support an initial claim, with evidence of the direct damage such as photographs, quotations, tax invoices or official receipts required.
  • A subsequent amount of up to $25,000 to support subsequent claims, with full evidence of payment required. (This evidence must also include any amounts claimed under the initial claim if not already provided).
Multiple applications can be made up to the maximum amount available under the non-profit organisation grants.

Bushfire affected primary producers can also seek relevant grants and services. For more information, visit Recovery grants for bushfire affected communities in South Australia.

Apply for a South Australian Small Business Bushfire Recovery Grant

  • What are the eligible affected areas?

    Eligible declared emergency events  
    Yorketown 20 November 2019
    Cudlee Creek 20 November 2019
    Kangaroo Island 20 November 2019
    Keilira 30 December 2019
  • Is my small business eligible?

    Eligible small businesses can claim up to $50,000 to help with clean-up and immediate restoration costs.

    Available funding includes an initial amount of up to $25,000 to support an initial claim and a subsequent amount of up to $25,000 to support subsequent claims.

    Small businesses are eligible for a recovery grant if:
    • they are located within the bushfire-affected regions
    • have suffered direct damage to premises and/or tools of trade
    • are a registered business and has less than 20 full time employees
    • provide more than 50% of the owner’s total gross income
    • are a small business in development and it is deemed that they will be developed into a small business.

    For more information about eligibility criteria, read the Small Business Grant Guidelines (PDF) or the Non-profit Organisation Grant Guidelines (PDF).

     
  • Is the grant payment tax exempt?

    The Federal Government will ensure that disaster relief payments, including grants to small business impacted by the bushfires are tax exempt. Legislation to give effect to the tax exemption will be required.

    The legislation will be introduced in the next sitting of the Commonwealth Parliament on 4 February 2020.
  • What costs can I claim?

    Eligible small businesses can claim costs associated with the:
    • clean-up and removal of debris, including hire of equipment, disposal costs and labour and material costs above normal wage and material expenditure
    • restoration of damaged assets and stock including safety inspections, essential repairs, purchase, hire or lease of equipment and stock essential to the immediate resumption of trading
    • re-location to, and leasing of, temporary premises when immediate re-opening of damaged premises is not possible.
    Loss of income is not eligible under this scheme.

    For a complete list of eligible costs, read the Small Business Grant Guidelines (PDF) or the Non-profit Organisation Grant Guidelines (PDF).
  • What do I need before starting my application?

    To complete your application, you will need to include copies of your small business’s:
    • business registration certificate
    • current rates notices or utilities bill (proof of location)
    • latest business tax returns and financial statements
    • tax invoices/receipts for expenses.
    For more information about the application process, read the Small Business Grant Guidelines (PDF) or the Non-profit Organisation Grant Guidelines (PDF) and see Terms and Conditions.

    If you are unsure about any of the questions in this application, or are unable to provide the information requested at this time, please contact a member of the Small Business Team on 8429 3261.  We are here to help.

    If you have any issues accessing the online form please use Bushfire Recovery Grant application form (PDF).

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