Extraordinary Disaster Assistance Recovery Grants are available to assist directly impacted small businesses with the costs of clean-up and reinstatement.
Disaster Recovery for Small Business – What assistance is available?
Small Business Disaster Assistance Recovery Grants of up to $50,000 are available for affected small businesses following the South East Queensland Rainfall and Flooding to hire or purchase equipment and materials, clean up, remove debris, replace or repair damaged infrastructure and stock and other costs associated with the recovery process. Businesses should take photographs of the direct damage to accompany their application.
Applicants need to show they are an eligible small business, within the defined disaster area and demonstrate they have suffered direct impact from the disaster. Read this page and the guidelines for more information.
If you are insured, full details and a copy of your insurance policy and/or claim must be provided. Please be aware that QRIDA may be unable to finalise your Disaster Assistance Grant application until the outcome of your insurance claim is determined and claim outcome is provided.
The maximum grant amount is $50,000 and is available through two applications:
- An initial amount of up to $15,000 is available to support an initial claim. Evidence of the direct damage is required such as photographs, quotations, tax invoices or official receipts.
- A subsequent amount of up to $35,000 is available to support subsequent claims for which full evidence of payment is required.
Complete applications are assessed in order of receipt and QRIDA may request further information to help assess an application.
How may the assistance help you?
Eligible clean-up, reinstatement activities and emergency measures include:
- Equipment and materials to undertake clean-up
- Additional labour costs (above and beyond normal wage expenditure i.e. day-to-day staffing)
- Disposing of damaged goods and stock, including associated costs
- Repairs to buildings (other than housing)
- Reconditioning/ repairing essential plant and equipment
- Purchase or hire/ lease costs for equipment essential to the immediate resumption of the business
- Payment for tradespeople to conduct safety inspections
- Essential repairs to premises and internal fittings that is not covered by insurance.
Am I eligible?
To be eligible for an exceptional circumstances grant, you must:
- be a small business owner
- hold an Australian Business Number (ABN) and have held that ABN at the time of the eligible disaster
- own a small business located in the defined disaster area for the eligible disaster that has suffered direct damage as a result of the eligible disaster
- have been engaged in carrying on the small business when affected by the eligible disaster
- be primarily responsible for meeting the costs claimed in the application and
- intend to re-establish the small business in the defined disaster area for the eligible disaster.
An applicant may also be eligible for an exceptional circumstances grant if both of the following apply:
- the small business is located outside the defined disaster area for the eligible disaster but is operated at least sometimes on a regular basis in the area; and
- plant or equipment of the small business situated in the defined disaster area has been damaged as a result of the eligible disaster.
What documents do I need to provide with my applications?
If you have already applied for assistance from QRIDA please provide your QRIDA Client ID Number.
Rates Notice / Lease Agreement
- Your small business must be located within a defined disaster area. If you own the property, please attach a copy of your most recent Local Government rates notice for the property impacted by the disaster event.
- If you lease the property, please attach a copy of your current lease agreement (lease agreement must confirm that you are responsible for meeting the costs being claimed).
Photographs of damage
- 5 – 10 photographs evidencing direct damage
Evidence of payment
- For grant applications up to $15,000 (i.e. for immediate resumption of business directly following the disaster event):
- Copies of tax invoices or quotes/estimates
For grant applications over $15,000 or subsequent applications up to $50,000:
- Copies of tax invoices AND evidence that these invoices have been paid (e.g. bank statements, electronic bank transfer confirmations or official supplier receipts).
Details of insurance
If insured, full details and a copy of your insurance policy and/or claim must be provided. Please be aware QRIDA may be unable to finalise your Disaster Assistance Grant application until the outcome of your insurance claim is determined and claim outcome is provided.
Defined disaster areas
The Minister for Fire and Emergency Services has activated disaster assistance for South East Queensland Rainfall and Flooding, 22 February – 7 March 2022.
To be eligible for assistance your business must be located in one of the defined disaster areas:
- Brisbane City Council
- Fraser Coast Regional Council
- Gladstone Regional Council
- Gold Coast City Council
- Goondiwindi Regional Council
- Gympie Regional Council
- Ipswich City Council
- Lockyer Valley Regional Council
- Logan City Council
- Moreton Bay Regional Council
- Noosa Shire Council
- North Burnett Regional Council
- Redland City Council
- Scenic Rim Regional Council
- Somerset Regional Council
- South Burnett Regional Council
- Southern Downs Regional Council
- Sunshine Coast Regional Council
- Toowoomba Regional Council.