Supporting educational experiences for Willoughby students

Sunday, 06 February 2022

NSW Government is helping businesses that deliver educational experiences get back on track, after they were impacted by school COVID safety measures in late 2021.

Liberal candidate for Willoughby, Tim James, welcomed Government support for Willoughby businesses, after a lot of students missed out on opportunities during fourth Term of 2021. 

“Willoughby is home to some of the best schools in the state and the country, and one of the things that makes them particularly outstanding is the range of additional experiences that our kids have at schools – some of them delivered by our own local small businesses.”

“This support will allow these businesses to continue providing great educational experiences for local students,” Mr James said.

Treasurer Matt Kean said the Government is continuing to provide support for businesses dealing with the impact of the Omicron wave.

“The grants will provide eligible businesses and not for profit organisations one-off payments equal to 40 per cent of their decline in Term 4 2021 turnover compared to previous years, up to $15,000,” Mr Kean said.

Minister for Education and Early Learning Sarah Mitchell said the grants would help organisations restart and refocus on delivering quality programs for NSW school students.

“I know just how hard the pandemic has hit small business, and for those offering camps and some music programs, their recovery is just beginning as schools return under new COVIDsmart settings,” Ms Mitchell said.

Guidelines for the grants will be available in February, with businesses expected to apply for grants in April through their Service NSW for Business profile. 

Minister for Customer Service and Digital Government Victor Dominello said the application process would mirror existing business grant programs to deliver a consistent customer experience and help ensure eligible businesses received support quickly. 

“We want to make the process as simple and seamless as possible,” Mr Dominello said. “Almost 500,000 businesses have Service NSW for Business profiles and we can reuse existing proof of identity and business information to help make the application process quick and easy for business customers.”

School camps and all music programs can start again from Term 1, 2022.