The first round of Hindmarsh Shire Council’s 2021/2022 Business Assistance Grants program is now open for applications.

Although the program has been running since 2016, changes to the criteria and format have been made this year to allow greater flexibility recognising that no two businesses are the same.

Hindmarsh Shire Council Mayor Ron Ismay said that the program aims to be flexible in order to support the individual needs of business owners.

“The Business Assistance Grants Program has been revised for this 2021/2022 Financial Year with Council recognising that business owners have individual needs, particularly in the present climate with COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions.”

Business owners who have looked into the program before are being encouraged to look again.

“Because of the new criteria, Council strongly encourages business owners to review the guidelines and criteria to determine their eligibility and to contact Council staff who will be happy to assist with any queries they may have prior to submitting an application,” Cr Ismay said.

Past rounds of the program have gone to staff training, the development of websites, signage, marketing and improvements to shop fronts.

Hindmarsh Shire Council has allocated $20,000 towards the 2021/22 Business Assistance Grants program in the 2021/2022 Annual Budget, as well as an additional one off COVID-19 recovery allocation of $20,000.

There are two tiers of funding available to businesses across Hindmarsh:
The Tier One category will assist existing businesses to undertake small projects or initiatives to a value of up to $1,000 without a co-contribution from the business.

Initiatives could include assistance with the growth of the business through upskilling of employees, creation or updating business, marketing or succession plans or the development of a website or social media platform.

The Tier Two category grants aim to assist existing businesses to undertake larger projects above $1,000.

Successful Tier Two category grants will receive $3.00 from Council for every $1.00 co-contribution from businesses up to a maximum of $3,000.

Tier Two initiatives could include assistance to expand a home business base to commercial premises, the relocation of businesses from other municipalities into Hindmarsh Shire, or upgrades to premises, e.g. new or improved signage, painting, minor repairs, all-ability access, security/in-store lighting, air conditioning, veranda/awning repairs etc.
Round One of the Business Assistance Grants Program will close at 5pm on Friday 17th September 2021. Applications are available on the Hindmarsh Shire Council website and can either be downloaded or completed online.