The NSW Government is offering grants of up to $2,500 for local councils and up to $3,500 for business chambers, industry associations and not-for-profits to deliver events during NSW Small Business Month that directly benefit and support the small business community.

It’s an important part of 2022’s NSW Small Business Month program with up to $640,000 in total in grants available statewide.

Member for Camden Peter Sidgreaves said Small Business Month was a unique opportunity to help the State’s hardworking small business owners by offering events that teach them new skills and inspire them with new ideas.

“Small businesses have been tested like never before with drought, floods, bushfires, the mouse plague and COVID-19. They’ve made enormous sacrifices to get where we are today and I want to acknowledge their hard work, effort and resilience,” Mr Sidgreaves said.

The grants can be used to help host activities for business communities across the state from 1 to 31 March 2022.

Applicants must design and produce an activity that support small businesses in their local area and aligns to the 2022 Small Business Month’s theme ‘Rebuild, Recharge, Renew’. Some suggested categories of activities include:

  • Focusing on your Customers
  • Working with Digital Technology
  • Leading your Team
  • Managing Money
  • Branding and Marketing
  • Growing your Business
  • Upskilling your Staff
  • Creating New Products and Services
  • Recruiting the Right Staff
  • Maintaining Mentally Healthy Workplaces, and
  • Building your Supply Chain.

Minister for Small Business Damien Tudehope said the theme of the 2022 Small Business Month reflects the Government’s determination to help small businesses recover and build a brighter, stronger future.

“The skills, resilience and ambition of NSW small businesses are vital to our economy and our communities,” Mr Tudehope said.

Applications for event grants open on 1 November, and must be submitted by 10 December with organisations encouraged to get online, review the grant guidelines and start preparing applications now.

The events must adhere to the relevant NSW Health advice, including having a COVID-safety plan, registration of all attendees, limiting the number of people in the venue, and attendees to remain seated as required at all events.

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Photo: Camden MP Peter Sidgreaves with former Narellan chamber president Shaun Pereira