More information is available regarding support for businesses affected by Cyclone Gabrielle. The grants – up to a maximum of $40,000 – will be available to businesses affected by Cyclone Gabrielle and the flooding in January.
This support is focused on helping businesses meet immediate costs and maintain cashflow, further assist with clean up and funding for business support and advice services to position yourself for a successful recovery.
Local agencies in affected regions will be taking care of applications and distributions of these grants. A list of these agencies has been provided below. These agencies are still setting up their own application and payment systems and there is no set date when applications will commence but the expectation is early March. As the application links become available, we will update below.
In the meantime, we suggest you start compiling information, mainly around the impact of this event on your business, to be ready to submit your application once they open.
Farmers and growers can apply for separate support from the Ministry for Primary Industries. Businesses that support farming and horticulture will be eligible for the business support package e.g. Horticulture Labour Supply, Shearing gangs etc.
We have pulled together what information we have available at this time:
You can apply if you are Self Employed, a Sole Trader, Company and/or Employer of up to 50 Full Time Equivalent employees. Rough guidelines of the eligibility criteria at this stage are:
- be primarily located where a regional State of Emergency was declared
- face significant cashflow issues due to continued challenges with customer access, ability to source stock, supply chain issues, inability to operate as usual due to physical damage to equipment or premises, or delays in insurance assessment and repairs
- be an otherwise viable business both before and after the flooding
- not have received any funding from the MPI recovery fund
- commit to acting in line with employment law and with due regard to its employees
The local agencies administering the grants may set further criteria. We recommend you check these before you apply.
Hawkes Bay – HB Chamber of Commerce
Northland – Northland Inc
Auckland – Auckland Business Chamber
Bay of Plenty – Toi Economic Development Agency
Coromandel – Thames Coromandel District Council
Gisborne – Trust Tairawhiti
Tararua – Tararua District Council
Additional information is also available via MBIE
The following regions have opened applications:
Bay of Plenty & Thames-Coromandel: Please check back and we’ll update this page with application links as they become available.
We also have this article outlining other options of support which is available through banks, Work and Income NZ and Inland Revenue:
If we can help with applications or anything else, please get in touch.
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