COVID-19 Assistance Grants

Published Friday 15 May 2020

Click here to access the COVID-19 Assistance Grants Booklet

Click here to start your online application on Smarty Grants

The Town has created two new grants to ease COVID-19 related economic hardship.

We know Hedland businesses and community groups are hurting. That's why Council adopted a number of COVID-19 related economic relief measures at the April Ordinary Council meeting. 

Part of this package was the establishment of a COVID-19 Assistance Grants Fund for eligible Hedland based businesses and not-for-profit organisations. 

We have allocated $365,000 for a Community Group Assistance Fund and $625,000 for a Support Local Business Fund. 

Grant funded to an organisation is capped at $10,000.

Who can apply for these grants?

If you're applying for the funding from the Community Group Assistance Fund:

• Registered not-for-profit and incorporated (under Associations Incorporation Act 2015) or auspiced by an incorporated association
• Based in Town of Port Hedland local government area boundaries or providing ongoing services within this community
• Can demonstrate the impact COVID-19 has had on providing services to the Port Hedland community
• Have not received moneys from any other ToPH grant for the same initiative
• Have appropriate insurance and workplace health and safety policies in accordance with the funding agreement.

If you're applying for the funding from the Support Local Business Assistance Fund:

• Be a registered for-profit organisation or business permanently operating in Port Hedland
• Have a registered Australian Business Number (ABN)
• Have the appropriate insurances, permits and licences or detail a plan to obtain
• Describe how funds will be utilised
• Demonstrate a substantial reduction (30% or more) in turnover and/or profit compared to an equivalent period in the previous financial year
• Not have been declared insolvent/bankrupt

Where can I find more information regarding business support?

Phase 2 of the WA Road map will take place as of MONDAY, 18TH MAY 2020. Please click here for a detailed roadmap flyer: WA Roadmap Flyer

For up to date information about the current status of WESTERN AUSTRALIA'S COVID-19 ROADMAP TO RECOVERY impacting our WA communities, please regularly check the WA Roadmap website here: https://www.wa.gov.au/organisation/department-of-the-premier-and-cabinet/covid-19-coronavirus-wa-roadmap

Advice for businesses as of Phase 2 On 18 May 2020:

Businesses and Organisations across Western Australia will need to prepare a COVID-19 Safety Plan before they re-open, to protect staff and customers.

This includes consultation with the hospitality, community and cultural venues, and sport and recreation sectors.

All businesses are required to mitigate the risks of COVID-19.

To reopen, businesses will need to:

  • comply with conditions outlined in the COVID Safety Guidelines — please read these before completing your plan
  • complete a COVID Safety Plan
  • display a COVID Safety Plan Certificate in a visible location on the premises — this is included in the plan
  • maintain a strict limit of a minimum of 4 square metres per person
  • ensure a maximum of 20 people per venue (excluding staff)
  • maintain hygiene and frequent cleaning
  • maintain attendance records of patrons for contact tracing
  • carefully manage waiting areas to ensure social distancing.

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