Virtual information sessions to assist local businesses in how to take advantage of Singleton Council-led COVID-19 support programs

9 July 2020

Businesses across the Singleton local government area that did not qualify for government assistance but have been negatively affected by COVID-19 are invited to an information webinar to learn more about Singleton Council’s Business Relief and Rebuild Fund and other business support programs.

The $100,000 Business Relief and Rebuild Fund is part of Council’s $2 million Community Support Package and funded under BHP’s Vital Resources Fund, offering grants between $2,000 and $10,000 to help businesses recover and rebuild from COVID-19 restrictions.

To be led by Karen Varker, Council’s Senior Economic Development Officer, the webinars will be held on Wednesday 15 July at 8am and Thursday 16 July at 5.30pm for sole traders, microbusinesses and other enterprises in the Singleton local government area that were not eligible for government assistance, including JobKeeper. 

Vicki Brereton, Council’s Director Organisation and Community Capacity said with so much information for businesses coming from a range of sources, the webinars aim to encourage businesses to learn more about Council’s Relief and Rebuild Fund, and to highlight how easy it is to apply via a simple three-page form.

“One of the key components of Council’s Community Support Package is to support the operators that support out local economy, acknowledging this has been an extremely difficult time for many business operators and more so for those businesses that didn’t quality for government programs such as Jobkeeper,” she said.

“Council was very quick to partner with the Singleton Business Chamber to develop programs to assist local businesses in Singleton, and we are grateful for the support of BHP’s Vital Resources Fund that has allowed the Business Relief and Rebuild Grant to operate, offering grants between $2,000 and $10,000 for essential projects. 

“The grants can be used for a range of projects, including marketing, purchase of stock and business training, and there will be more information available at the webinars about how the grants might help your business as well as support and guidance on how to apply.

 “We’re inviting all eligible businesses to participate in one of the webinars so that we can be inundated with applications and assist as many businesses as possible.”

The webinars will cover:

  • the need for the fund;
  • what the fund is;
  • what projects may be supported by the fund;
  • who is eligible to apply;
  • how to apply using the simple 3-page form;
  • an update on other business support programs; and
  • Q&A to help you complete the application.

“Participants will also have the opportunity to learn more about the Business Supporting Business $250 Preloaded Spend in Singleton Gift Card program that helps local businesses support each other as they get back on their feet,” Ms Brereton said.

“In addition, we’ll talk about the Spend in Singleton Support Local Campaign, which has been developed in partnership between Council and the Singleton Business Chamber to encourage locals and visitors to support local traders, as well as the results from our business survey and the next steps in supporting businesses in Singleton.”

The webinars will be held via Zoom. To register for either the 8am session on Wednesday 15 July or the 5.30pm session on Thursday 16 July, email your name, contact details and your preferred session to council@singleton.nsw.gov.au or contact Council’s Customer Service team on 02 6578 7290. 

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