We know from Google Trend analysis that online shopping isn’t going anywhere and it’s more important than ever to be thinking about your online presence. Maybe this is something you’ve been thinking about for a while, but the cost to build a website can be intimidating. Your business and your brand are important, so the investment of time and money in a good quality website should be a key element in your COVID-19 recovery strategy.
The digital experience you give your customer should be at the same level of great service you give your customers face to face.
We’ve done some research to list where you can find different Government grants and programs that could potentially contribute to your budget. Hopefully this can help bring the dream of a beautiful new website a little bit closer to a reality.
1. Using Local Government Grants to cover costs in building a website
As an example, for us here in Niddrie the City of Moonee Valley the local government is offering $10,000 grants for Adapting to Changing Needs.
This includes online innovation, web design and redevelopment, ecommerce platforms, mobile app development. We’re currently working with local businesses who are applying for these grants and taking the opportunity to discover new customers waiting online.
2. Reading the COVID-19 Employer Guide to stay up to date on changes
The Victorian Chamber of Commerce has put together an Employer Guide for COVID 19. It is regularly updated and includes changes to the Modern Award. That’s something every Victorian business owner should want to be aware of.
While you won’t get a cash injection reading this guide, it helps prevent legal costs or fines that could take away from any budget you’ve put aside to cover your costs for building a website.
3. Having a search through GrantConnect
GrantConnect is a portal where you can review a variety of different grants. They come from different states, industries and programs. Each grant covers useful details such as categories, close dates and eligibility criteria.
This is a great place to find any niche grant opportunities you many not have been aware of specific to your industry.
4. Applying for the Business Support Fund Expansion
When Victoria went to Stage 3 Restrictions again on the 8th of July the Business Support Fund was extended. What does this mean for you? If you’re already getting JobKeeper there is now another $5,000 grant available you can currently apply for.
One suggested use of this grant is “developing the business through marketing and communications activities”. We can’t think of a better way to achieve this than updating your website to generate new customers.
5. Have another search for grants through Business.gov.au
Leave no stone unturned. The grants and programs portal at Business.gov.au asks you a few questions and then generates a list of grants specific to your business.
While this list is shorter than the one at GrantConnect it is another place to regularly check for resources that may be available to you.
6. Apply for a loan through the Coronavirus SME Guarantee Scheme to cover the cost to build a website
Depending on eligibility grants might not be an option for you. We know the investment of a strategic and stunning web presence will play a key role in how you operate post the COVID-19 outbreak.
That’s why we’ve included the Coronavirus SME Guarantee Scheme. This scheme gives you an opportunity to get an unsecured personal loan that includes an initial 6 month repayment holiday.
7. Maximise COVID-19 Tax Relief Measures
Victorian businesses are eligible for various tax relief measures as a result of COVID-19. If you haven’t already lodged your tax for the last year it’s worth reading up on.
You can use your tax return as an opportunity bring in some extra cash. Any extra budget could be put towards the cost of building your website.
We hope you found this list helpful, but we aren’t experts in government stimulus. We’re experts in custom web design. Eligibility criteria, close dates and other relevant information can be found on the linked websites. It’s worth looking into and seeing if there is anything you’re not currently getting that you’re entitled to.
Once you’re ready to get started you can contact with us on 03 9043 1039. Alternatively you can fill in the contact form below. We’d love to be a part of making your website a beautiful reflection of your business.