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WCC's 'BIG' Grants

WCC's 'BIG' Grants

Local Businesses Encouraged To Apply For Council Grants

Warrnambool businesses are being encouraged to consider applying for a grant of up to $3000 through a new Council business support fund.

“The Business Initiatives Grants (BIG) program is aimed at helping businesses recover from the impact of COVID-19,” Warrnambool Mayor Cr Tony Herbert said.

“The program will support initiatives from businesses that achieve either growth, business collaboration or an entrepreneurial effort that benefits both the business and the community.

“To maximise the benefits from the program the guidelines include a requirement for funding to be spent locally, where possible.”

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The program focuses on businesses most affected during the pandemic including those from the following sectors.

Retail, Hospitality, Automotive (Servicing and Sales), Personal Services, Accommodation Services, Leisure and Recreation and Professional Home Improvement Services.

“We’re pleased to be able to offer this support to businesses,” Cr Herbert said.

“Our draft 2020-2021 Budget proposes a $1.95 million package of measures which are aimed at supporting the community through the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The guidelines for the BIG grants are available on the Council's website at https://www.warrnambool.vic.gov.au/business-initiative-grants-big .

Applications are now open and close 5pm, Monday June 22.

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