Twenty four Victor Harbor businesses will share in more than $79,000 worth of grants from the City of Victor Harbor to help them navigate through these challenging times.
The Business Support Grants were one of the many measures adopted by council to support its community deal with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The program enabled Victor Harbor businesses to apply for up to $5000 funding support to be used to assist with adaptation initiatives, cashflow and business planning.
Applications were received across a number of business types including restaurants and cafes, health and beauty services, transport and logistics, tourism and retail.
Projects funded under the program have included such things as website developments enabling businesses to serve their customers differently, physical changes to restaurants and cafes, as well as the purchase of plant and equipment that allows for alternative products and services to be offered.
City of Victor Harbor Chief Executive Officer, Victoria MacKirdy said the COVID-19 pandemic has placed significant pressure on the local business community, particularly those in tourism, food and hospitality, and direct service sectors.
"The situation we are in is something we have never experienced and the council has thought outside the square in order to provide meaningful support for its business community," Ms MacKirdy said.
"We know there are businesses doing it tough and this program aims to help them navigate through the challenge at the same time as helping to put things in place to future proof operations.
"In designing the grants program we worked closely with Business Victor Harbor to make sure that the program we offered was going to suit the needs of our community."
Ocean Street business, All Sweets and Treats, were one of the successful grant recipients.
Owner and operator, Justin Thompson said he was grateful to receive the financial support from council.
"The funds will be used for developing a website and online store allowing us to serve more customers, not just those that walk into the shop," Mr Thompson said.
"We have a very small floor space, meaning that we quickly exceed the density restrictions that have been in place. The new website will allow us to diversify our business ensuring that we can get through this challenging time and thrive on the other side."
A full list of all COVID-19 business support grant recipients is available at www.victor.sa.gov.au