City Business Saver Grant guidelines

On 21 January 2021, the City of Adelaide established the City Business Saver cash grant to assist small businesses in the City of Adelaide.

The grant is available to businesses within the City of Adelaide that:

  1. employ between 1 to 20 employees; and
  2. occupy non-residential properties; and
  3. contribute between $0 to $15,000 in council rates annually for the space they occupy.

Eligible businesses can apply for a cash reimbursement equivalent to 50% of the third quarter 2021–22 financial year rate.

The grant program is open to 30 April 2022.

Businesses must provide proof of a 30% loss of revenue

for the Defined Loss Period, to align with the Government of South Australia Business Support Grants (currently $40 million).

All eligible businesses are encouraged to lodge an application for the Government of South Australia Tourism, Hospitality and Gym Grant or Business Hardship Grant initially in order to streamline their application. A successful applicant for the State’s Tourism, Gym and Hospitality Grant and/or Business Hardship Grant will be automatically deemed a successful applicant for the Grant.

This document provides guidance for the City Business Saver Grant applicants. Please read these guidelines before applying.

Eligibility

The Restriction Period commenced at 12:01 am on Monday 27 December 2021 and concludes at 11:59 pm on Saturday 30 April 2022.

To be eligible for the Grant a business must, as at the commencement of the Grant Period:

  • Have a valid and active Australian business number (ABN) 
  • Have been carrying on the operation of a business in South Australia.
  • Have been registered for the GST.
  • Have had a total Australian grouped payroll of less than $10 million in the 2019–20 or 2020–21 financial year.
  • Not have been engaged in illegal activities.
  • The business must have a physical presence i.e. be a ‘bricks and mortar’ business located within the City of Adelaide local government area.
  • Have had a physical presence i.e. be a ‘bricks and mortar’ business located within the City of Adelaide local government area.
  • Have been physically located within a non-residential premises in the City of Adelaide local government area for a period of at least six months. Note: residential premises and vacant land are not considered a non-residential premises for the purpose of the Grant.
  • Have employed between 1 to 20 employees*.
  • As a tenant, have paid rates between $0 to $15,000.
  • The business must not be a government entity, organisation or subsidiary.
  • Not be in receipt of 100% rebate under the Local Government Act 1999 (SA).
  • Only one assessment application per business will be accepted.

In addition:

For businesses that commenced operations before 1 December 2020:

  • For businesses that commenced trading prior to 2019–20:

    As a consequence of COVID-19 restrictions between 27 December 2021 (beginning of restrictions) and 9 January 2022, a business must have experienced a reduction in turnover of at least 30 per cent for the consecutive two-week period when compared to the same two-week period (i.e. 27 December to 9 January) in 2019-20.
  • For businesses that commenced trading in 2019–20 or 2020–21 (before 1 December 2020):

    As a consequence of COVID-19 restrictions between 27 December 2021 (beginning of restrictions) and 9 January 2022, a business must have experienced a reduction in turnover of at least 30 per cent for the consecutive two-week period when compared to the same two-week period (i.e. 27 December to 9 January) in 2019-20 or 2020-21.

For businesses that commenced operations on or after 1 December 2020:

  • As a consequence of COVID-19 restrictions between 27 December 2021 (beginning of restrictions) and 9 January 2022, a business must have experienced a reduction in turnover of at least 30 per cent when compared to the average fortnightly turnover between when the business commenced and 30 November 2021.

Defined loss periods

The business must demonstrate 30% loss in the following periods:

  • 27 December 2021 to 9 January 2022
  • 10 January 2022 to 30 January 2022
  • 1 February 2022 to 28 February 2022

For businesses that commenced operations before 1 December 2020:

  • For businesses that commenced trading prior to 2019–20:

    As a consequence of COVID-19 impacts, a business must have experienced a reduction in turnover of at least 30 per cent for the loss period in the corresponding period of the prior year.
  • For businesses that commenced trading in 2019–20 or 2020–21 (before 1 December 2020):

    As a consequence of COVID-19 impacts, a business must have experienced a reduction in turnover of at least 30 per cent for the loss period in 2019-20 or 2020-21.

For businesses that commenced operations on or after 1 December 2020:

  • As a consequence of COVID-19 impacts, a business must have experienced a reduction in turnover of at least 30 per cent when compared to the average fortnightly turnover between when the business commenced and 30 November 2021.

Other Criteria 

* To be considered an employee, staff must be under the control of the business, receive regular PAYG salary or wages, and have Pay As You Go Withholding amounts as well as superannuation paid by the employer. An owner, partner, or beneficiary of a trust is not considered to be an employee for the purpose of the Grant.

Businesses will be required to declare a reduction in turnover due to restricted trading conditions. They will not be required to provide any supporting information at the time of application but will be required to retain supporting information that could be made available if required such as:

  • Turnover comparison data for the relevant assessment periods;
  • Emails or texts to or from clients or suppliers detailing cancelled orders or appointments;
  • Receipts for refunds provided;
  • Invoices or delivery dockets.

General requirements

Applicants must certify that they meet the Eligibility Criteria when submitting an online application.

If, following the distribution of a grant, any information in any application is deemed to be false or misleading, the grant will be repayable on demand.

Information suspected to be fraudulent may be referred to the relevant authority for investigation.

Grant amount

The Grant amount is equivalent to 50% of third quarter rates for the business for 2021–22 financial year.

Grant use

Grants are provided to support eligible businesses that have been adversely impacted by restrictions enacted by State or Commonwealth government due to COVID-19.

Grant use may include, but is not limited to:

  • meeting business costs, including utilities, salaries, and/or rent;
  • obtaining financial, legal or other advice to support business continuity planning;
  • developing the business through marketing and communications activities; and / or
  • other supporting activities related to the operation of the business.

How to apply

Applicants are required to submit an application online. All questions in the application must be completed.

The online application must be completed by an Authorised Officer, being:

  • In the case of a business that is a sole trader that employs, the sole trader.
  • In the case of a business that is a partnership that employs, a partner.
  • In the case of a business that is a body corporate that employs, a director, secretary, public officer or equivalent.

Note: An agent, such as an accountant or lawyer, may submit the application on behalf of the applicant provided the agent has been instructed to do so by the Authorised Officer.

Applicants must meet the Eligibility Criteria requirements of the grant, including that they employ staff to be eligible.

The Grant will be provided to successful applicants by the City of Adelaide. Whether an applicant is successful or not will be determined by City of Adelaide in its absolute discretion. To access grant funding, applicants will be required to agree to the below Terms and Conditions at the time of application stipulating obligations and conditions under which assistance will be given to eligible applicants. City of Adelaide will not be legally obliged to pay any grant monies to an applicant.

Opening Date

Applications are open now.

Closing Date

Applications close at 11:59 pm on Saturday 30 April 2022.

Once an application has been submitted, applicants will receive an application receipt number via their nominated email address.

Further Information

If you require further information to participate in the program please contact [email protected]

City of Adelaide reserves the right to amend these Terms and Conditions as required and without notice.

City of Adelaide is subject to certain legislative and administrative accountability and transparency requirements of the Local Government Act 1999 (SA), including public disclosure in accordance with the Act.

City of Adelaide will treat all information provided by applicants sensitively. Any information contained in, or relating to, an application, including information identified by an applicant as confidential, may be disclosed by City of Adelaide:

  • to its employees, advisers or third-parties in order to assess, process and/or audit an application;
  • where information is authorised or permitted by law to be disclosed; and/or
  • where the information is already in the public domain.

Terms and conditions

1. FUNDING AND INVOICING

1.1 The Recipient must not issue a Tax Invoice in respect of a Taxable Supply.

2. PROVISION OF INFORMATION

2.1 If City of Adelaide reasonably suspects that the Recipient was not eligible for the Grant, it may request additional information from the Recipient and the Recipient must promptly comply with such request.

2.2 By submitting your application you are authorising City of Adelaide to access your application with the State Government via the Department of Treasury and Finance. This information will be treated confidentially.

2.3 By submitting your application you are authorising the City of Adelaide to utilise your contact information for further updates in relation to the Grant and for the purposes of communication and marketing from the City of Adelaide

3. INSPECTION

3.1 The Recipient must allow any officer or person authorised by City of Adelaide on the giving of reasonable notice, to enter the premises of and to inspect the operations of the Recipient (including premises, accounting records, documents and information) and interview the Recipient’s personnel on matters pertaining to the operations of the Recipient and the Recipient’s eligibility for the Grant.

4. DEFAULT AND TERMINATION

4.1 If City of Adelaide determines that the Recipient:

(a) provided false or misleading information in its Grant application;

(b) is otherwise ineligible for the Grant; or

(c) has failed to comply with this Agreement at any time;

City of Adelaide may upon giving written notice to the Recipient:

(d) require the Recipient to repay either the whole or a portion of the Grant (whether expended or not) within 30 days of a written demand from City of Adelaide, and the Recipient will comply with such demand;

(e) withhold funds not already paid;

(f) withhold future funding from the Recipient; and/or

(g) terminate this Agreement.

5. EFFECT OF ENDING THIS AGREEMENT

5.1 Any termination of this Agreement does not affect any accrued right of either Party.

5.2 Despite termination or expiry of this Agreement, this clause 5 and clauses 2, 3, 4, 6 and 7, will survive.

6. CONTRACT DISCLOSURE

6.1 City of Adelaide may disclose this Agreement and/or information in relation to this Agreement in either printed or electronic form, and either generally to the public or to a particular person as a result of a specific request.

6.2 Nothing in this clause derogates from:

(a) the Recipient’s obligations under any provisions of this Agreement; or

(b) the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 1991 (SA).

7. GOVERNING LAW AND JURISDICTION

7.1 This Agreement is governed by the laws in the State of South Australia.

7.2 The courts of the State of South Australia have exclusive jurisdiction in connection with this Agreement.

8. ENTIRE AGREEMENT

8.1 This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between the Parties in respect of the matters dealt with in this Agreement and supersedes all prior agreements, understanding and negotiations in respect of the matters dealt with in this Agreement.

9. NO ASSIGNMENT

9.1 The Recipient must not assign, encumber or otherwise transfer any of its rights or obligations under this Agreement without the written approval of City of Adelaide.

10. MODIFICATION

10.1 No addition to or modification of any provision of this Agreement will be binding upon the Parties unless agreed by the Parties in writing.

11. NO FURTHER OBLIGATION

11.1 The Recipient acknowledges that the Grant represents a one-off payment by City of Adelaide, and City of Adelaide is under no obligation to agree to pay any subsequent funding to the Recipient.

12. INTERPRETATION

12.1 In this Agreement (unless the context requires otherwise):

(a) a reference to any legislation includes:

(i) all legislation, regulations and other forms of statutory instrument issued under that legislation; and

(ii) any modification, consolidation, amendment, re-enactment or substitution of that legislation;

(b) a word in the singular includes the plural and a word in the plural includes the singular;

(c) a reference to two or more persons is a reference to those persons jointly and severally;

(d) a reference to dollars is to Australian dollars;

(e) a reference to a Party includes that party’s administrators, successors and permitted assigns.

13. DEFINITIONS

In this Agreement:

(a) “Agreement” includes this Agreement for Receipt of the City Business Saver Grant, the Grant application form and the City Business Saver Grant Terms and Conditions.

(c) “Grant” means the City Business Saver Grant received by the Recipient from City of Adelaide;

(d) “Party” means a party to this Agreement;

(e) “Recipient” means the business that has applied for and received the Grant.