A new jointly funded package from the Commonwealth and South Australian Governments will give local small and medium businesses in Barker further financial support as they continue to recover from the recent lockdown.

The new South Australian COVID-19 Additional Business Support Grant – will deliver about an extra $40 million in support to an estimated 19,000 local businesses in eligible industries – such as hospitality, performing art venues, artists and performers, tourism, gyms, and transport.

The package will be split on a 50/50 basis between the Commonwealth and the South Australian Governments, with the state government to administer the program.

The new package includes:

  • $3,000 cash grants for employing businesses and $1,000 for non-employing businesses (e.g. sole traders) in eligible industry sectors that have experienced a decline in turnover of 30 per cent or more over a two-week period as a result of the COVID-19 trading restrictions introduced from 28 July 2021.

In addition, a new Major Events Support Grant of up to $25,000 for eligible events that were either cancelled, or suffered a significant financial loss, as a result of having to be cancelled or postponed due to the COVID-19 lock down in July or further restrictions to 4 August will be funded by the South Australian Government.

Member for Barker Tony Pasin welcomed the new funding announcement.

“By providing extra cash grants for small and medium businesses in Barker, this new jointly funded package will help cover operating costs such as rent, wages and utilities – keeping businesses in business, and local people in jobs,” said Mr Pasin.

“Local businesses are the lifeblood of our community and have done it extremely tough throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The Morrison Government will continue to assist businesses in Barker through this difficult time.”

“Together we will get to the other side,” said Mr Pasin.

Applications will open 13 August and will close on 17 October 2021. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply at https://www.treasury.sa.gov.au/Growing-South-Australia/COVID-19.