Businesses in the Harden-Murrumburrah region that have had to close due to Federal Government measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic can apply for up to $10,000 in assistance in a local program.
Harden Regional Development Corporation, in conjunction with the Bendigo Community Bank and Kruger Trust, announced a second stage stimulus package for local business and sporting groups of the Harden Murrumburrah region on Friday.
The stimulus package is a three-tiered support offering that will deliver financial aid to those businesses that have been affected by the restrictions set out during this uncertain time.
Local businesses that have been directly impacted by last Sunday's federal requirements - pubs, clubs, cafes, restaurants, gyms and beauty therapists - are invited to apply for assistance this week. Applications open Monday March 30 at 9am, and close Friday, April 3 at 3pm.
Local businesses that can show a 50 per cent loss of trade from the restrictions can apply for up to $5000.
These applications will be accepted from 9am Monday April 6 and close 3pm Friday April 10.
The third round of funding is for local sporting clubs impacted by the Federal Government restrictions.
They will be invited to apply for $5000 for new equipment to entice increased membership and activities when restrictions are lifted.
These applications are open 9am Monday April 13 to 3pm Friday April 17.
Chair of HRDC Richard Fleming said that, like State and Federal Government, HRDC is putting its shoulder to the wheel to assist local business during this difficult time.
"Earlier this week HRDC announced its first stage assistance package which centred around business assistance and marketing business changes for the Harden Murrumburrah area, but now I'm pleased to announce a Stage 2 Financial Stimulus Package," he said.
"We know that our community is feeling the pressure of these COVID-19 restrictions and we hope that this stimulus will support local business and compliment those already set by the State and Federal Governments.
"We will continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with our local businesses during these tough times.
"Each round of the package will be open for a week, and we have done that purposefully to allow resources to be distributed quickly and give some solace to affected businesses."
Mr Fleming said he would like to thank the Kruger Trust and Bendigo Community Bank for partnering with HRDC on this initiative.
All information is online at www.hrdc.org.au
Funding applications for the second round of the stimulus package will be open on Monday, April 6.
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HRDC CEO Chris Ireland said that due to applications being open for such a short time the application is entirely online.
"We know people are stressed and busy trying to manage their business and keep up to date with the quickly changing circumstances, so we have made the application process streamlined and very user friendly," he said.
"It's a totally online system which should take businesses less than 30 minutes to complete."
Mr Ireland said they would like to encourage anyone seeking support to call the HRDC offices on 02 6386 5536.