The Government of South Australia has established a COVID-19 Business Hardship Grant to provide assistance to small and medium businesses that have been significantly impacted by COVID-19 restrictions but haven’t been eligible for previous business grant support since July 2021.
- The COVID-19 Business Hardship Grant (employing business) amount is $6,000 per eligible business.
Employing businesses are eligible to apply for COVID-19 Business Hardship Grant provided they meet the following criteria.
General eligibility criteria
At the start of the restriction period of 12:01 am Tuesday, 20 July 2021 a business must:
- Have a valid and active Australian business number (ABN) and were carrying on the operation of a business in South Australia.
- Be registered for the GST.
- Employ people in South Australia.*
- Have a total Australian grouped payroll of less than $10 million in the 2019-20 financial year.
- Not be engaged in illegal activities.
In addition, a business must:
- As a consequence of COVID-19 restrictions between 20 July 2021 (beginning of lockdown) and 31 August 2021 (impacted period), have experienced a reduction in turnover of at least 50 per cent for a consecutive two-week period when compared to the same two-week period within the Benchmark Period in 2019 (note alternative arrangements are available for businesses who do not have a trading history in 2019).^
Businesses will not be eligible to receive a COVID-19 Business Hardship Grant if they have received support under any of the State Government COVID-19 support packages launched on and after 20 July 2021, including:
- COVID-19 Business Support Grant – July 2021;
- COVID-19 Additional Business Support Grant;
- COVID-19 Tourism and Hospitality Grant; or
- Major Events Support Grant.
* To be considered an employee, staff must be under the control of the business, receive regular PAYG salary or wages, and have Pay As You Go Withholding amounts as well as superannuation paid by the employer. An owner, partner, or beneficiary of a trust is not considered to be an employee for the purpose of this grant.
^Businesses will be required to declare a reduction in turnover due to restricted trading conditions. They will not be required to provide any supporting information at the time of application but will be required to retain supporting information that could be made available if required such as:
- Turnover comparison data for the relevant assessment periods;
- Emails or texts to or from clients or suppliers detailing cancelled orders or appointments;
- Receipts for refunds provided;
- Invoices or delivery dockets.
Turnover comparison criteria
An eligible employing business must declare and retain evidence of the following:
- A relevant two week period between 20 July 2021 (beginning of lockdown) and 31 August 2021 (Impacted Period) where they experienced a 50 per cent reduction in turnover when compared to a same two week period within the Benchmark Period in 2019 (or 2021);
The Impacted and Benchmark Periods are defined as incorporating the dates within:
- Impacted Period: 20 July 2021 to 31 August 2021
- Benchmark Period:
- For businesses that were actively trading in 2019: 20 July 2019 to 31 August 2019, or
- For businesses that were not actively trading in 2019: 1 January 2021 to 30 June 2021.