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Business Support Vouchers Now Available

$1.7M Business and Community Support and Recovery Package in June this year in response to COVID-19 shutdowns

By Portal Admin - 22nd September 2020 - Back to News

Latrobe City Council is working with business operators to help ease the immense challenges they are facing during the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Council adopted a $1.7M Business and Community Support and Recovery Package in June this year in response to COVID-19 shutdowns.

A key component of Council’s Business and Community Support and Recovery Package is the addition of a Latrobe City Business Support Voucher Program targeted towards small businesses that have been impacted significantly by COVID-19.

Latrobe City ‘Business Support’ vouchers can be used by businesses to access services, advice, or expertise provided by a local service provider. The intent of the voucher program is to provide local small businesses with a voucher to access the support of local professional services, such as, but not limited to, financial, legal, media and digital, marketing and communication, business coaching, human resources, and mental health and wellbeing.

The vouchers aim to support existing businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19 by helping business operators to:

  • Develop a better understanding and key networks of local professional service available to businesses in Latrobe City
  • Think strategically and for key personnel to work on the business, not just in the business.

"Latrobe City Council recognises that COVID-19 has placed tremendous financial pressures on local businesses," Latrobe City Council Mayor Cr Dan Clancey said.

"As thriving businesses are essential to our City’s economy, Council must help business operators to continue to operate where possible, to continue to provide valuable services and products to our communities, and to offer ongoing employment. This voucher support program will go some way towards doing that."

To be eligible for the ‘Business Support’ voucher, applicants must have an Australian Business Number (ABN) and be based within the municipality of Latrobe City. Applications open on Monday 14 September and close on Friday 27 November. Vouchers must be used within three months of issue date, unless otherwise agreed.

Businesses can apply online via SmartyGrants:

Applications will be assessed on an ongoing basis and applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application within five business days.


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