Isaac Region Community Chest Fund - Applications

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If your small business has suffered direct damage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, grants are available from Isaac Regional Council to assist your small – medium business pay for outgoings, to seek professional advice or to support your diversification efforts for business continuity.

WHAT ASSISTANCE IS AVAILABLE?

  • Financial Hardship
    • Assistance to maintain unavoidable and non-deferable expenses to keep business enabled
  • Assistance for Professional Advice
  • Assistance to Cover Diversification Strategy
  • Assistance for Re-Establishment

Please note that businesses can make staged applications as their needs arise. All applications will be received and evaluated on merit. Applicants are requested to be mindful that there is finite amount of funds available for all of our region.
As a guide grants, will be funded for up to $10,000 and special circumstances will be considered.


DEFINITIONS

Financial Hardship
Assistance to maintain unavoidable and non-deferrable expenses to keep business enabled

Key outgoings, unavoidable and non-deferrable expenses to keep your business afloat. This can be either if the business is still active or temporarily closed/restricted.
E.g. Electricity, rent, licences, permits, cleaning, insurance, etc.

Assistance for Professional Advice

Legal, Financial Advisor, etc.

Assistance to Cover Diversification Strategy

New equipment, more staff, different expenses, etc.

Assistance for Re-Establishment

If your business has been inactive, ‘start up’ costs to activate and re-establish operations.


ELIGIBLE ITEMS

  • Financial assistance for ongoing or recurrent operational costs to help sustain the viability of the subject organisation, including:
    • Reasonable essential operating expenses supported by evidence
    • Rent and/or leasing fees in non-Council facilities where relief or deferral is not available
    • Fuel and other essential supplies (for the purposes of organisational activity only)
    • Permits and licences to maintain the business.
  • Servicing of loan interest payments for a period of up to six months where relief or deferral is not provided by a financial institution.
  • Financial assistance to obtain professional advice such as legal or financial services
  • Temporary equipment hire or purchase of new tools of the trade for diversifying the business.


INELIGIBLE ITEMS

(Unless demonstrated evidence that these are key attributes for the business to function)

  • Salaries/wages, Directors’ fees or other forms of personal compensation and reimbursement
  • Relief from Council-levied fees and charges which are dealt with under separate provisions
  • Instances where insurance coverage will provide restitution
  • Capital improvements to assets or facilities
  • Asset replacement or renewal, inclusive of failure, damage or loss of essential equipment
  • Development of privately-owned facilities
  • Low-value portable technology
  • Projects / events / activities run solely for commercial profit
  • Travel (excluding fuel for the purposes of organisational activity only)


HOW CAN THE ASSISTANCE HELP YOU?

The assistance enables you to pay for costs associated with business continuity and reinstatement activities.

Examples of eligible activities:

  • hiring or leasing equipment or materials essential to for immediately resuming business activities
  • replacing lost or damaged stock essential for immediately resuming trading
  • leasing temporary premises to resume operations

To be eligible for assistance you must own and have operated a small-medium business (as defined by the ATO) and be located and operating this business within the Isaac region’s local government area.


SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION

Complete online via the application portal below or alternatively submit a paper-based application by:

Email: records@isaac.qld.gov.au

Post: ISAAC REGIONAL COUNCIL, PO Box 97, MORANBAH, QLD, 4744


FURTHER ENQUIRIES

Contact Council’s Economy and Prosperity team on 1300 ISAACS (1300 47 22 27).

If your small business has suffered direct damage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, grants are available from Isaac Regional Council to assist your small – medium business pay for outgoings, to seek professional advice or to support your diversification efforts for business continuity.

WHAT ASSISTANCE IS AVAILABLE?

  • Financial Hardship
    • Assistance to maintain unavoidable and non-deferable expenses to keep business enabled
  • Assistance for Professional Advice
  • Assistance to Cover Diversification Strategy
  • Assistance for Re-Establishment

Please note that businesses can make staged applications as their needs arise. All applications will be received and evaluated on merit. Applicants are requested to be mindful that there is finite amount of funds available for all of our region.
As a guide grants, will be funded for up to $10,000 and special circumstances will be considered.


DEFINITIONS

Financial Hardship
Assistance to maintain unavoidable and non-deferrable expenses to keep business enabled

Key outgoings, unavoidable and non-deferrable expenses to keep your business afloat. This can be either if the business is still active or temporarily closed/restricted.
E.g. Electricity, rent, licences, permits, cleaning, insurance, etc.

Assistance for Professional Advice

Legal, Financial Advisor, etc.

Assistance to Cover Diversification Strategy

New equipment, more staff, different expenses, etc.

Assistance for Re-Establishment

If your business has been inactive, ‘start up’ costs to activate and re-establish operations.


ELIGIBLE ITEMS

  • Financial assistance for ongoing or recurrent operational costs to help sustain the viability of the subject organisation, including:
    • Reasonable essential operating expenses supported by evidence
    • Rent and/or leasing fees in non-Council facilities where relief or deferral is not available
    • Fuel and other essential supplies (for the purposes of organisational activity only)
    • Permits and licences to maintain the business.
  • Servicing of loan interest payments for a period of up to six months where relief or deferral is not provided by a financial institution.
  • Financial assistance to obtain professional advice such as legal or financial services
  • Temporary equipment hire or purchase of new tools of the trade for diversifying the business.


INELIGIBLE ITEMS

(Unless demonstrated evidence that these are key attributes for the business to function)

  • Salaries/wages, Directors’ fees or other forms of personal compensation and reimbursement
  • Relief from Council-levied fees and charges which are dealt with under separate provisions
  • Instances where insurance coverage will provide restitution
  • Capital improvements to assets or facilities
  • Asset replacement or renewal, inclusive of failure, damage or loss of essential equipment
  • Development of privately-owned facilities
  • Low-value portable technology
  • Projects / events / activities run solely for commercial profit
  • Travel (excluding fuel for the purposes of organisational activity only)


HOW CAN THE ASSISTANCE HELP YOU?

The assistance enables you to pay for costs associated with business continuity and reinstatement activities.

Examples of eligible activities:

  • hiring or leasing equipment or materials essential to for immediately resuming business activities
  • replacing lost or damaged stock essential for immediately resuming trading
  • leasing temporary premises to resume operations

To be eligible for assistance you must own and have operated a small-medium business (as defined by the ATO) and be located and operating this business within the Isaac region’s local government area.


SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION

Complete online via the application portal below or alternatively submit a paper-based application by:

Email: records@isaac.qld.gov.au

Post: ISAAC REGIONAL COUNCIL, PO Box 97, MORANBAH, QLD, 4744


FURTHER ENQUIRIES

Contact Council’s Economy and Prosperity team on 1300 ISAACS (1300 47 22 27).