30 Local Businesses Receive Boost Thanks To Back To Business Grants

30 Local Businesses Receive Boost Thanks To Back To Business Grants

Thirty local businesses from across the Gladstone Region impacted by COVID-19 pandemic have been earmarked to receive funding support thanks to the Back to Business Grants program.

Shell’s QGC business teamed with Gladstone’s key regional economic and tourism organisations – Gladstone Engineering Alliance (GEA): Gladstone Area Promotion and Development Limited (GAPDL), Gladstone Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) and Discovery Coast Tourism and Commerce (DCTC) – to provide the grants of up to $5000 designed to assist small to medium-sized businesses as they adapt to the new operating environment while stimulating local spend.

The initiative is funded by Shell’s QGC business and administered by Gladstone Engineering Alliance.

Applicants were notified of the outcomes of the grant last week after a Grants Assessment Panel comprising representatives from the partner tourism and economic bodies, and Shell QGC, met to determine the recipients.

GEA General Manager Chantale Lane said the recipients represented a broad cross-section of the business community, from cafes to tourism operators and allied health providers.

“Not only was there a significant diversity of businesses but the recipients are located across our region form the Gladstone CBD to Calliope, Boyne Tannum, Turkey Beach, and Agnes Water/1770 and various points in between,” Ms Lane said.

“The process really did demonstrate the enormous diversity of our local businesses and, unfortunately, how so many have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“The good news is these grants will provide them with support to keep operating and, in some cases, reposition their businesses.”

GAPDL Chief Executive Officer, Gus Stedman, said the grants would provide a welcome boost to local business operators.

“The contributions companies such as Shell QGC make to our community are substantial and greatly appreciated,” Mr Stedman said. “We were delighted to be asked to assist in formulating the grants program and distributing the funds.”

Details of recipient businesses will be released later this month.