National Retail Association welcomes state government COVID-19 grants plan to Queensland businesses

Helping hand: Eligible small businesses can receive up to $10,000 in grants from the state government to fight the impacts of COVID-19.
Helping hand: Eligible small businesses can receive up to $10,000 in grants from the state government to fight the impacts of COVID-19.

The National Retail Association has welcomed a government plan to provide grants to Logan and Scenic Rim businesses struggling from the impacts of COVID-19.

Eligible small businesses can receive up to $10,000 in grants from the state government in a state-wide program worth $100 million.

NRA chief executive Dominique Lamb said that retailers were appreciative of any help during the turmoil.

"The NRA estimates that our members lost $1 billion in the month of March alone due to the impact of COVID-19," Ms Lamb said.

"The fate of thousands of Queensland small businesses continues to hang in the balance and all support is welcomed.

"Retailers force to hibernate or limit their services need assistance with expenses ranging from financial and legal advice, the cost of restructuring and marketing costs. These and many more expenses will be covered by the grant which is good news.

"We will be encouraging all our members to see if they are eligible and will assist them if they need help in determining this."

The package was announced today as part of Queensland's Economic Recovery Strategy: Unite and Recover for Queensland Jobs.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the new grants program had been developed to assist those small businesses forced into hibernation, to restructure or to significantly change their business operations or move online.

"Small businesses represent 97 per cent of all businesses and employ over 970,000 people or 45 per cent of the state's private sector workforce," Ms Palasczcuk said.

For information on how to apply and eligibility, visit www.business.qld.gov.au

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