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TAFE NSW is here to help you and your business!

Did you know that TAFE NSW has a wide range of courses and programs to support you, your staff and your business?

If you are currently in lockdown and want to upskill, you can with a fee-free* online short course, but places are limited.

Courses are a mix of self-paced online or teacher-led virtual classrooms, which can pathway into a variety of full TAFE NSW qualifications.

Major new COVID-19 support package to help tens of thousands of businesses across NSW

The NSW Government today announced a major new grants package and changes to the Dine & Discover program to help tens of thousands of small businesses and people across NSW impacted by the current COVID-19 restrictions.

The package includes grants of between $5000 and $10,000 for small businesses, payroll tax deferrals for all employers, an extension of the Dine & Discover program to 31 August and the ability for people to use Dine & Discover vouchers for takeaway delivered directly to their home by the venue itself.

Three different grant amounts will be available for small businesses depending on the decline in turnover experienced during the restrictions – $10,000 for a 70 per cent decline, $7000 for a 50 per cent decline and $5000 for a 30 per cent decline.

Businesses will be able to apply for the grants through Service NSW from later in July and will need to show a decline in turnover across a minimum two-week period after the commencement of major restrictions on June 26.
To read the full media release please click on the link here

Rewrite the Night’ Grants now open

Georges River Council is supporting small local businesses with $40,000 in grant funds to boost and transform our nightlife.

Local businesses can apply now for a ‘Rewrite the Night’ grant that can be used to activate their business at night. Grant categories include live music, arts, performance and lighting.

You may be a daytime business that wants to trade later at night with a different offering. This could be a florist by day leasing its site for an art exhibition at night or a coffee shop by day operating as a small bar by night.

To apply for a ‘Rewrite the Night’ Grant and for eligibility information, visit https://lnkd.in/g9tgzUV

Grant applications are open until Sunday 6 June.

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Funding for female founders of startup businesses to scale their startups into domestic and global markets


The Boosting Female Founders Initiative – Round 2 is now open and helps female entrepreneurs overcome the disadvantages faced in getting access to finance and support to grow their startups.  This targeted support will be on a co-contribution basis.

Close date: 22 Apr 2021 05:00 PM AEST.

What do you get?

Grants between $25,000 and $480,000 for female founded startups to expand into domestic and global markets.

Who is this for?

Female founded (majority owned and led by women) startups who wish to scale their business into domestic and global markets.

The program will also provide expert mentoring and advice to meritorious applicants. The Australian Government has announced a total of $52.2 million in grant funding for this program. For Round 2, an estimated $11.6 million in grant funding is available.

For more information on eligibility criteria please visit the Business.gov.au website

Georges River Council – Covid-19 Recovery Grants – Close 30 August

Last chance to apply for the  Georges River Council Recovery Grants program. The Recovery Grants is in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and aims to achieve the following;

  • Provide a structured and strategic program through which funding can be allocated to meet identified community needs caused by the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • Support local businesses to revitalize and diversify;
  • Support and facilitate the development of a more liveable community and enrich community social capital through targeted and timely support to community organisations;

The Recovery Grants program is based on the existing Policy Principles in Council’s Grants, Donations and Sponsorship Policy.

Council has committed $200,000 across four grant categories and is open for profit and not for profit organisations as wells community groups. (You can click on the relevant grant category to find out more information).

For more information please visit the COVID-19 Recovery Grants page on the Georges River Council website.

Applications close at 11:59pm on Sunday 30 August

Small Business Owners – R U OK? – Support is available via Beyond Blue and Heads Up

The teams at  Beyond Blue and Heads Up   have created a great range of resources to offer you the support you need to ensure that you can maintain your mental health during tough times.

Moreover they are providing generic information on the Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service website which is updated regularly.
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There are also the following free services available 24 hours / 7 days a week for all Australians

  • Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service  Phone 1800 512 348
    If COVID-19 has you feeling concerned about your wellbeing, our dedicated coronavirus mental wellbeing support service is available any time of the day or night

Based on your specific needs, our trained counsellors will provide advice and information, and will direct you where to turn for further support. You have access to the following:

Also available from the team at  Heads Up are resources for Small Business