Gunnedah Shire Council has opened the Section 356 Access Incentive Small Grants Round, aimed specifically at supporting local businesses and community groups to enhance access within their premises.

A grant of up to $2000 (GST exclusive) is available to each successful applicant for relevant projects that encourage innovative access actions.

Projects may include the installation of an access ramp to the business or shop front or redesign of marketing collateral such as menus to appeal to a broader demographic.

It could also include changes to the fit out of premises to enhance manoeuvrability, and safe access and safety for prams, wheelchairs, and people with temporary mobility challenges.

Applications are required to meet at least one of the following criteria:

• Assists businesses and organisations to meet legal responsibilities in relation to access and universal design.

• Results in increased potential to attract and retain customers and clients with temporary or permanent disability or impairment.

• Seeks to address issues of access and inclusion.

• Improves access for people with temporary or permanent disability or impairment.

• Has an access awareness education and training focus.

• Demonstrates an innovative and creative approach to addressing access issues.

The grant opportunity is supported by the Gunnedah Shire Missed Business Guide which is a valuable resource to assist organisations and businesses to identify potential projects for funding. A copy of the Missed Business Guide is available at

Application forms are available from Council’s website

More information about the grant application process is available by contacting council’s community and social Planner, Debra Hilton, on 6740 2100 or via email: [email protected].

The 2024-25 funding round closes at 5pm on Friday, June 28.

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