COVID-19 Quick Response Grant to provide mentor activities to help business growth and sustainability

As part of Greater Shepparton City Council’s Economic Response to COVID-19 Package - Stage 2 for local businesses, Council is offering grants for small to medium sized businesses to better prepare, respond and build resilience to face the challenging situations that have arisen during the COVID-19 health pandemic.

The total pool of grant funds is $20,000 and Council will support projects up to a value of $300.00 per applicant as a one off grant in accordance with the guidelines.

The Quick Response Grant is open until all funds in the pool have been expended or until 1 October 2020 whichever occurs sooner.

How to apply

This grant is currently CLOSED.

For any questions about this grant, please contact Council on (03) 5832 9700.

Background and Objectives

The quick response business grants provide financial assistance to eligible businesses affected by COVID-19. The program is available to support businesses to engage professional consultation from business mentoring specialists. 

The mentoring offered is aimed towards supporting businesses’ rebound, adapt to changing work practises, support reactivation and support their future planning to aid with economic recovery as a result of the ramifications caused due to COVID-19.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for funding applicants must:

  • Have a business that is located primarily within the Greater Shepparton local government area and employ people.
  • Have a valid Australian Business Number (ABN).
  • Have an annual turnover of more than $75,000.
  • Have annual payroll of less than $850,000.
  • Have been highly impacted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Applicants must list any associated entities (including company trusts).
  • Suppliers must be established, identifiable businesses and/or actively trading.

Applicants must certify in writing that they meet the eligibility criteria. The Greater Shepparton City Council reserves the right to reject any application that is ineligible or does not meet the eligibility criteria.

Applicants must provide copies of the following mandatory requirements to support their application. Please note that applications will not be assessed until all mandatory requirements are provided:

  • The most recent Business Activity Statement (BAS).
  • Public Liability Insurance Certificate from your organisation. Applicants must provide a copy of their current Public Liability Insurance to the value of $20 million.
  • Other supporting materials can also be provided (if it supports any of the above mentioned eligibility criteria).

What may be funded

Fee for service of expert consultation, business mentoring and coaching to provide advice and guidance in the areas of:

  • Growing business profit and cash flow
  • Operational improvements
  • Marketing strategies
  • Business growth and development coaching

Services that will not be funded

  • Taxation
  • Property tax accounting
  • Superannuation and SMSF
  • Insurance
  • Asset protection

Please note that no retrospective funding will be awarded.

Timeframes

It is expected that the proposed activity will be completed within six months after funding approval (if successful) and preference will be given to those that can be completed in a shorter time frame.

Local suppliers

Applicants must use local suppliers within the Greater Shepparton region.

The applicant cannot have ownership into the business that is providing the quote.

The local supplier must have a valid ABN prior to 14 July 2020.

Assessment criteria

Applications will be assessed on an ongoing basis and applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application as soon as practicable.

Applications will be assessed on the following criteria:

  1. The degree that the business has been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  2. The business has identified the requirement for new or improved knowledge and skills to be better prepared and responsive to changes within the business as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  3. The ability to retain operations and existing staff and/or increase the number of staff as a result of the mentoring.
  4. Details of the proposal which clearly outline what advice is being sought and how the proposed mentoring will support the business during and post COVID-19.
  5. The capability and expertise of the expert/service provider to deliver sound and evidence based advice and information.
  6. Business providing the service must have a valid ABN prior to 14 July 2020.

Applications are assessed by Greater Shepparton City Council staff and peer reviewed. Applications are kept confidential and the application details will not be disclosed to any person outside the application and assessment process, however a short summary of the application activity will be utilised in briefings to Council and the list of successful applicants will be published on the Greater Shepparton City Council’s website.

All funding decisions are final.

Terms and conditions for successful applicants

Successful applicants are required to comply with the following terms and conditions:

  • sign a letter of agreement detailing the grant obligations; and
  • submit an acquittal report evidencing the invoices and receipts for the funding approved and demonstrate how the grant helped support the business in response to the impact of COVID-19.