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Economic Development Office Newsletter - July 2021

Tue 31 Aug 2021

Welcome to Productive Shoalhaven - July 2021

This month the Economic Development Office is focusing on COID-19 Business Assistance for Small Businesses.

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COVID-19 Business Assistance

If you’re a business, sole trader or not-for-profit organisation in NSW and you've been impacted by the recent COVID-19 restrictions, you may be eligible for a one-off grant of $7,500, $10,500 or $15,000.

The 2021 COVID-19 business grant provides cash flow support for businesses that experienced reduced demand or had to close due to the public health orders.

Eligible applicants across NSW can use the grant for business costs incurred from 1 June 2021, including:

  • utilities, wages and rent
  • financial, legal or other advice to support business continuity planning
  • marketing and communications activities to develop the business
  • the cost of perishable goods that can no longer be used
  • other activities to support the operation of the business.

If you’re not able to complete your application online, please call Service NSW on 13 77 88.

Please note that Service NSW has had some 7,000 requests for callbacks and are receiving over 6,000 phone calls per day across the state. Service NSW Business Concierges have an extremely heavy workload at present and may not be able to get back to local customers quickly.

If you are representing a client, can you please forward this information to them at your earliest convenience.

2021 COVID 19 Business Grant

A one-off payment to help businesses, sole traders or not-for-profit organisations impacted by the current Greater Sydney COVID-19 restrictions.

Grants between $7,500 and $15,000 are available to eligible businesses depending on the decline in turnover experienced during the restrictions.

  • Click here for eligibility criteria and to apply. 

COVID 19 Micro Business Support Grant

A fortnightly payment for businesses with a turnover between $30,000 and $75,000.

How much: 

  • $1,500 per fortnight


  • A turnover between $30,000 and $75,000.
  • A revenue decline of 30% or more.
  • Businesses that provide the primary income source for a person associated with the business.
  • Applications open late July. 


Fortnightly payments to help maintain employee headcount (as at 13 July) and provide cashflow support to businesses.

How much:

  • Employing businesses: 40% of weekly payroll, with a minimum payment of $1,500 per week and a maximum payment of $10,000 per week.
  • Non-employing business: $1,000 per week


  • A revenue decline of 30% or more.
  • Turnover between $75,000 and $50 million.
  • Applications open late July.
  • Click here for further information on Job Support.

Small Business Fees & Charges Rebate

As part of the NSW Government’s COVID-19 stimulus and recovery plan, small businesses may apply for a rebate worth $1500 to help them pay for government fees and charges

  • Click here to apply for the Small Business Fees and Charges Rebate

Service NSW

For further information contact SERVICE NSW on 13 77 88


Economic Development Office

Contact the Economic Development Office on telephone: 02 4429 3388 to speak with:

  • Greg Pullen – Economic Development Manager
  • Marianne Jones – Economic Development Officer
  • Sally Bacon – Economic Development Administration Officer

Click here to access Shoalhaven City Council Economic Development Website