The ACT Government will extend a range of existing support measures and introduce a 2022 funding round for the successful Amp It Up! grant program.

The measures to be extended include:

  • the closing date of the Small Business Hardship Scheme from 31 January to 28 February
  • the food business registration fee waiver from 31 March to 30 June
  • the annual licence fee waiver for liquor licences (effectively a 50% fee reduction) from 31 March to 30 June for nightclub, restaurant and café, bar, general, catering special and club liquor licences
  • $500,000 for a second round of Amp It Up! later in 2022

“The extension of these existing programs will provide further targeted financial support for impacted local businesses.

“As part of the extension of the Small Business Hardship Scheme, businesses can now claim for expenses during January and February 2022 up to $10,000 per ABN. Business that have already received a payment can reapply.”

Minister for Business and Better Regulation Tara Cheyne said local businesses and artists had both benefited from the first round of Amp It Up!

“The first round of Amp It Up! contributed almost $800,000 to local live music businesses by offsetting costs for live performances and gigs at their venues,” Minister Cheyne said.

“Twenty-three venues were funded, and many local artists benefited from the program. We look forward to working with venues to deliver this successful program again later this year.”

More details on all financial measures are available at: www.act.gov.au/business

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