Twelve small businesses across the Alexandrina region have received more than $50,000 in grants, to aid in the economic recovery following COVID-19.
Alexandrina Council provided $52,577 as part of round two 2020-2021 Economic Development and Events Recovery Grant which aims to support businesses and stimulate the local economy.
In November 2020, ten businesses shared in $47,000 as part of the first round of funding.
More local businesses were encouraged to apply for grant funding of up to $5000 as part of round two, which targeted "new activities that will generate economic growth and stimulate profitability".
Successful applicants cover a range of sectors including accommodation and food services, agriculture, arts and recreation services, health care and social assistance, retail, and wholesale trade.
The council received fourteen eligible applications in round two, with $63,277 in total funding requested by 14 businesses.
The 12 successful businesses in the second round of funding are:
- Kanoetree Park Wines ($5000)
- Peninsula Providore Farm ($5000)
- Spirit Australia Cruises ($5000)
- The Joinery at Factory 9 ($5000)
- Strath Sewing and Quilting ($2,077)
- Woodburn Homestead ($5000)
- Wildfire Organic Tea ($5000)
- Motherduck Cafe ($5000)
- Alice's Bed and Breakfast ($4000)
- The Pickle Pot Strathalbyn ($5000)
- Rivers End Retreat ($1500)
- The Potting Shed on Sunter (($5000).
Alexandrina Mayor Keith Parkes said the council was pleased to provide the funding to help stimulate Alexandrina communities.
"Our council is committed to supporting growth in our region and we look forward to watching these local businesses flourish," Cr Parkes said.
The council's elected members approved the second round of funding at their April meeting.