Small Business Grants Program

Grant funding to support small businesses to recommence operations after the COVID-19 Disease Emergency.

Meander Valley Council has allocated grant funding to support small businesses to recommence operations after the COVID-19 Disease Emergency. Applications will be competitively assessed with grant amounts up to a maximum of $5,000 available as one-off payments to applicants who meet the eligibility criteria and can demonstrate an adverse financial impact from the COVID-19 Disease Emergency.


To be eligible to apply for a Small Business Grant, applicants must:

• Be a small business with up to 20 full-time equivalent staff prior to 19 March 2020;
• Be a sole trader, partnership, company or trust;
• Be registered in Australia for taxation purposes with an active ABN;
• Demonstrate that they operate “for profit” as an ongoing concern (not a hobby or private not-for-profit);
• Be located and operating in the Meander Valley local government area;
• Demonstrate financial hardship and provide evidence to support a loss or future loss as a consequence of the COVID-19 Disease Emergency;
• Not be subject to any legal impediment, including bankruptcy or liquidation, that would impact the continuance of the business or trade of the business; and
• As of 19 March 2020, been operating as a business for two months or greater.


When do applications close and where can I get more information?

Applications must be received by 5pm, Sunday 14 June 2020. There is no advantage in rushing your application as all applications will only be assessed after the closure date. More information about eligibility requirements and the assessment process can be found in the Small Business Grant Guidelines


How do I apply?

Apply online
Use the form below to submit your application and electronically upload any supporting documents

By email
Click here to download a printable form. Scan completed form and copies of any supporting documents and email to mail@mvc.tas.gov.au

By mail
Click here to download a printable form. Mail the completed form and copies of any supporting documents to:
Attn: Business Engagement Officer, PO Box 102, Westbury Tasmania 7303

Need help applying?
If you require assistance or have questions about your application, please contact Council by phone on 6393 5300.


Small Business Grant Online Application Form

To be eligible to apply for a Small Business Grant, applicants must:

  • Be a small business with up to 20 full-time equivalent staff prior to 19 March 2020;
  • Be a sole trader, partnership, company or trust;
  • Be registered in Australia for taxation purposes with an active ABN;
  • Demonstrate that they operate “for profit” as an ongoing concern (not a hobby or private not-for-profit);
  • Be located and operating in the Meander Valley local government area;
  • Demonstrate financial hardship and provide evidence to support a loss or future loss as a consequence of the COVID-19 Disease Emergency;
  • Not be subject to any legal impediment, including bankruptcy or liquidation, that would impact the continuance of the business or trade of the business; and
  • As of 19 March 2020, been operating as a business for two months or greater.

Business Owner Details

If the business is owned by more than one person, please list all owners (first name then last name)

Business Details

Council will use your ABN to confirm your details. Please ensure your ABN is written correctly and the online information associated with your ABN is up to date. If you are unsure or need to update your details visit www.abr.business.gov.au

Financial Impacts

I/we submit the following evidence to demonstrate financial hardship:

To upload multiple files, press the Choose File button once and select all the files (maximum of 10) at once. They will then be uploaded together.
To upload multiple files, press the Choose File button once and select all the files (maximum of 10) at once. They will then be uploaded together.
To upload multiple files, press the Choose File button once and select all the files (maximum of 5) at once. They will then be uploaded together.
To upload multiple files, press the Choose File button once and select all the files (maximum of 5) at once. They will then be uploaded together.

Grant Amounts

Applicants may apply for one grant of up to a maximum of $5,000. The amount awarded will be at the sole discretion of Council, having regard to the total number of grant applications and the demonstrated hardship and benefit of the grant to a business. Applicants seeking the maximum amount must demonstrate high need due to financial hardship AND high benefit in terms of direct links to the ongoing employment or re-employment of people.

If applying for the maximum grant amount ($5,000), please provide a brief description of:

Confidentiality: The Council may use and disclose the information provided by applicants for assessing applications under the program guidelines and decisions on successful applicants. Council is also required to report the name and dollar value of successful grant applications.

Governance: As part of the Council’s governance process, the Council may publicise the level of financial assistance and the identity of the business recipient from the grant program.

Right to Information: Information provided to the Council may be subject to disclosure in accordance with the Right to Information Act (2009).

Personal Information Protection: Personal information will be managed in accordance with the Personal Information Protection Act (2004) and the Council’s Personal Information Protection Policy. This information may be accessed by the individual to whom it relates, on request to the Council. 

Disclaimer: Although care has been taken in the preparation of this document, no warranty, express or implied, is given by the Council, as to the accuracy or completeness of the information it contains. Council accepts no responsibility for any loss or damage that may arise from anything contained in or omitted from or that may arise from the use of this document. Any person relying on this document and the information it contains does so at their own risk. Council does not accept liability or responsibility for any loss incurred by an applicant that is in any way related to the program.