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Applications open for commercial entities to fund silt and debris removal


Applications are now open for commercial entities to apply for Government funding to recover some of the costs of sediment and debris clean-up on their land following Cyclone Gabrielle.

The Government has provided $62.6m of funding for Hawke’s Bay commercial entities that meet the eligibility criteria and are approved by the assessment panel for work that has already been done or will be done by 30 June 30 2023.

The funding is in recognition that a significant number of businesses have been impacted by sediment and debris as a result of Cyclone Gabrielle. The amount of funding that has been made available from Central Government may not meet the needs of every eligible business.

Businesses that will find it most difficult to recover without assistance will be prioritised with the impact on previous year and future year income and the impact on the commercial premises as key measures around prioritising the allocation of funding.

Commercial entities may be eligible for:

1.       Up to $40,000 (GST exclusive) as a grant (this amount to be calculated including any support previously received by that Commercial Entity through the Cyclone Gabrielle Farmer and Grower Recovery Grant and/or Cyclone Gabrielle Business Recovery Grant); and

2.       Up to $210,000 (GST exclusive) on a reimbursement basis, where this part-Funding paid reflects a 50:50 cost share (where the balance is borne directly by that Commercial Entity and where the Commercial Entity has not applied any other Crown funding to meet its contribution).

The fund is being administered by the Hawkes Bay Regional Council. Commercial entities can apply on the Regional Council’s website until June 30, 2023, using the Smarty Grants system:

For those needing support to fill out the form, please contact the Regional Council’s Customer Service Team by phoning 0800 108 838. A FAQ and an infosheet are attached and available on the HBRC website with more detailed information.

13 June 2023

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