Coronavirus, Bushfire Relief, Grants & More 

CORONAVIRUS - Support for Business
Looking for helpful links regarding the recent announcements and changes to business due to the Coravirus pandemic? We have shared a number of links to help you find the latest updates, on our website here: COVID-19 Update – Support of Businesses.

The new "At Home" culture
"How do I work when my kids are home?" How many times will this question have been asked in the last week or so? Check out this LinkedIn article "Juggling work and kids at home" by our CEO Kerry Grace, for some ideas on how to cope at home with the kids.

If you are looking for inspiration, to learn new skills or maybe you are just wanting a virtual visit to a gallery or museum check out this list of online offerings here: Inspiration from the Couch.

Keep a focus on Your Health
It is also important to a focus on your own health while you are working from home. Thea Connor, Personal Sustainability Specialist, has some great resources available here to help you keep connected and productive.

While we see our communities shutting down to safeguard our communal health from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government recently announced support for telehealth services to ensure we retain access to what we need. Read the full article here: Explained: What is telehealth and how does it work?

Looking for a Career Change? Now could be the time to do it
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, TAFE NSW, in conjunction with the NSW Government, is offering a number of fee-free* short courses that can be completed in just days or weeks, offering practical skills and experiences across a range of industries. If you’re considering a new direction, why not explore some of the fee-free* short courses as well as learn more about the Mature Age Scholarships, Destination Australia Scholarships and Women in Business program, among many others. Find out more HERE

Bushfire Relief for Business
If your small business has experienced a significant decline in revenue as a result of the NSW 2019-2020 bushfires (beginning in August 2019), and it's located within a specified Local Government Area (LGA), you may be eligible for the $10,000 small business support grant. Find out more about applying here

GRANTS - Where are they and how to apply
The RDAMNC website has a grants section listing a number of grants that may be useful to you. You can also check out GRANTCONNECT, an Australian Government site where you can continue your search.

So, you’re applying for a grant…

Grants are available at all tiers of government; think Federal, State and Local. Grant applications are often time-limited so be prepared to be prepared.
To help you on the way check out the DIY guide on the RDAMNC website. Part 1 and 2 are out now:

MY Future Workforce
The My Future Workforce Platform is a digitised employment eco-system serving the needs of job seekers, employers and service providers. The unique offering of the My Future Workforce platform is its ability to gather data from the entire employment eco-system thereby tackling issues such as service fatigue among employers and service gaps for job seekers. 

The platform embodies a simple registration system for services, job seekers and employers and it carries a powerful data function enabling instant access to the real needs of local labour markets. More information about My Future Workforce will be coming online soon.

MNC Skills Snapshot
Insights from the survey and statistical data about the North Coast region have been collated into an informative document called the “North Coast Skills Snapshot” and is available to download now from RDAMNC and RDANR’s websites. The information contained in the Snapshot is an excellent resource for prospective and existing businesses, local councils and other government agencies. Find the 2019 North Coast Skills Snap shot here.

North Coast Employment Strategy
RDAMNC in partnership with RDA Northern Rivers is currently writing an employment strategy for the North Coast. We would appreciate your views on the matter and links will be available from next week (20 April)  here.

Regional Business Connect Facebook group
The Regional Business Connect Facebook group is designed to support small businesses by linking them with the support they need in the current environment. There are over 80 business mentors from across Australia online and ready to provide free assistance. Take a look here.

That's it for now, stay tuned for another update soon.
Thanks and regards

Kerry Grace
Director of Regional Development and CEO
Regional Development Australia Mid North Coast
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