NSW Government Announces Support for Camps
The NSW Government has announced support for school camps and music. Businesses impacted by school COVID safety measures in late 2021 will now have access to the grant program.
The $14 million grant program will be available to businesses whose services schools were restricted from accessing in Term 4 of 2021. The restrictions primarily impacted overnight camp providers and music education instructors and services.
“The grants will provide eligible businesses and not for profit organisations one-off payments equal to 40 per cent of their decline in Term 4 2021 turnover compared to previous years, up to $15,000”.
This announcement has come as a direct result of our meetings with the NSW Government, in particular Minister Mitchell, and the combined advocacy efforts from the state peak body Outdoors NSW & ACT and Christian Venues Association.
Minister for Education and Early Learning Sarah Mitchell said the grants would help organisations restart and refocus on delivering quality programs for NSW school students.
“I know just how hard the pandemic has hit small business, and for those offering camps and some music programs, their recovery is just beginning as schools return under new COVID-smart settings,” Ms Mitchell said.
Once more detail is known about where to register for these grants, the ACA will inform Members via our usual channels (Newsletters and Bulletins). We encourage Members to apply as soon as applications open.
We hope that this provides Members and sector colleagues in NSW a welcome boost for the start of 2022.
"...Camps have been shown to reduce anxiety, increase connection to school, increase connection to peers and increase efficacy, all strong markers of good mental health..."