The Nationals Member for Shepparton District, Kim O’Keeffe says support is still available for businesses and not-for-profit groups that require assistance for flood recovery efforts.
“Local businesses have faced some tough years and we know that many are still recovering from the October 2022 flood and the widespread impact this disaster has had on the community,” said Ms O’Keeffe.
The Business Groups Flood Recovery Grants can provide grants of up to $50,000 to business groups that support a membership of businesses that have been impacted by the Victorian floods.
“Those that have not yet applied but who meet the criteria should make an application before the closing date,” said Ms O’Keeffe.
“Funding is designed to support flood-related recovery activities for members, promoting reactivation of affected small businesses.
“It can be used to provide workshops and networking events, to support collaboration between tourism organisations and other business groups, or to help members adapt to a flood-recovery operating environment.
“Potential projects include providing online training, workshops or networking opportunities, ‘buy local’ campaigns or investment in employee skill and capability development.”
The funding is still open with applications closing on October 31, 2023, or earlier if the funding application has been exhausted.
“12 months on and flood impacted businesses and communities are still recovering from the financial impact and the trauma of the flood event, and many people are still out of their homes and businesses a year later,” Ms O’Keeffe said.
For more information, including eligibility and to apply, visit: business.vic.gov.au/grants-and-programs/business-groups-flood-recovery-grants
The Flood Recovery Hotline remains open 8.30 am – 5pm, Monday to Friday, to help with services, assistance with accommodation, and financial, mental health and other support. To access this service, phone 1800 560 760.