Information and funding support packages for local businesses and individuals Due to COVID-19, Local, State and Federal Governments are offering different packages to support local businesses and individuals. Here is a quick list that can be helpful if you are after some advice or economic support. GRANTS AND FUNDING PACKAGES AUSTRALIAN COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS – 2020 RESILIENCE FUND Australia Council for the Arts are directing approximately $5M to the Resilience Fund to provide immediate relief to the Australian arts sector. The 2020 Resilience Fund is designed to provide emergency relief to support the livelihoods, practice and operations of Australian artists, groups and organisations during the COVID-19 pandemic. There are three streams you can apply for: SURVIVE RESILIENCE FUND Survive grants are available to individuals, groups and organisations to offset or recoup money lost due to cancelled activity. These grants provide stop-gap funding until relief offered by other funding agencies, government departments and support services can be accessed. Who can apply: Individuals, groups and organisations can apply to this category. How much you can apply for: Individuals and groups up to $2,000. Organisations up to $5,000 MORE INFO ADAPT RESILIENCE FUND Adapt grants are available to individuals, groups and organisations to adapt their practice and explore new ways of working. This could include skills and career development, business development, developing artistic practice, exploring new ways of connecting and collaborating inclusively, and increasing your digital capability. Who can apply: Individuals, groups and organizations can apply to this category. How much you can apply for: Individuals and groups up to $10,000. Organizations up to $20,000 MORE INFO CREATE RESILIENCE FUND Create grants enable individuals, groups and organizations to continue creating artistic work and/or develop creative responses in this time of disruption. Who can apply: Individuals, groups and organizations can apply to this category. How much you can apply for: Individuals and groups up to $10,000. Organizations up to $20,000 MORE INFO CITY OF SYDNEY – COVID 19 SUPPORT FOR BUSINESS To help keep businesses, creatives and cultural organizations afloat, and our most vulnerable communities safe, we recently announced a support package worth $72.5 million. The package includes the initiatives below. SMALL BUSINESS GRANTS This program, valued at $2 million, supports businesses with funds to enable them to adapt their business models to the new operating environment. Examples include the supply of new products or services to address a current or emerging demand in the market, the development of new online and e-commerce capabilities, support for training and professional development, or investment in capital works. Who can apply: Small businesses and for profit arts enterprises with 1 to 19 employees. In exceptional circumstances, we will consider applications from businesses in hospitality and tourism that have a greater number of employees. How much you can apply for: $10,000 per business MORE INFO CULTURAL SECTOR RESILIENCE GRANTS Worth $2.25 million in total, these grants provide immediate financial support to sole traders and not-for-profit arts and cultural organisations. It is for those who have had revenue-generating operations, programs, events or initiatives cancelled, postponed or reduced in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Who can apply: sole traders and arts and cultural organisations How much can you apply for: $10,000 per sole trader and $20,000 per organisation MORE INFO CREATIVE FELLOWSHIP FUND Valued at $1 million, this fund is to help keep arts and creative professionals working during a time of reduced opportunities. Projects can have outcomes that will be presented during or after the crisis. Who can apply: artists, creative producers, curators, and other creative workers How much can you apply for: $20,000 MORE INFO COMMUNITY SERVICES GRANTS Valued at $1.5 million, these grants provide financial assistance to not-for-profit and social enterprises who support vulnerable community members with food security, digital inclusion and social inclusion in response to Covid-19. Who can apply: Not-for-profits and social enterprises that service our vulnerable communities How much you can apply for: $5,000 to $50,000 MORE INFO QUICK RESPONSE GRANT PROGRAM Valued at $500,000, the quick response grant program supports small-scale initiatives for local residents, communities and organizations responding to urgent need in their communities. Who can apply: individuals, sole traders, unincorporated community groups, not-for-profit organizations and for-profit organizations How much you can apply for: $2,000 to $5,000 MORE INFO INNER WEST COUNCIL - CREATIVE AND CULTURAL RESILIENCE GRANTS PROGRAM These grants will support artists and creatives in the Inner West Council to develop their practice and produce new work and will help preserve creative spaces that nurture local culture Who can apply: Artist and Creative Practitioner Grants and Creative Spaces Grants How much you can apply for: up to $5,000 to $20,000 depending on the Grant. MORE INFO NSW GOVERNMENT – SMALL BUSINESS GRANT This is fast relief for NSW small businesses for unavoidable business costs such as utilities, overheads, legal costs and financial advice. The application form will be available on the Service NSW website by 17 April. Who can apply: NSW small business owners. How much you can apply for: $10,000 MORE INFO GOVERNMENT SUPPORT FOR BUSINESS FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SUPPORT The Australian Government’s Business website is updated frequently. It has information on eligibility and timing for business support, including for sole traders, employers and employees. NSW GOVERNMENT SUPPORT The NSW Government Small Business Commissioner website is updated regularly with details including which businesses are restricted from trading. It has tips and resources to help you manage your small business during the crisis and into the recovery phase. THE AUSTRALIAN BANKING ASSOCIATION Many banks are offering a small business relief package to help them stay viable. Features include deferring payments, waiving fees, charges and penalties.