Government recovery grants for storm-affected local businesses

Published on 06 March 2023

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Our Council is now ready to receive applications for the Business Recovery Grants for businesses that have experienced significant and sustained disruption because of Cyclone Hale and Cyclone Gabrielle.  

The central government is funding $25 million in recovery support to businesses in seven North Island regions.

“Our district is administering $1.42m of this fund, which will enable us to further support local business operators who have been suffering in the wake of these storms,” says our Mayor Len Salt.

“We know it has been a really tough time for many of our industries, and we encourage any business that meets the criteria to take advantage of this opportunity for help.”

“Today’s brief closure of State Highway 25 to all traffic is a reminder of the fragility of the roading network in the Coromandel,” says Mayor Len. “Waka Kotahi got it back open to light vehicles pretty quickly, but heavy vehicles will need to take the Thames Coast Road section of SH25 to access the east coast and points beyond. This adds more cost to our local business sector and is another reason our Council is working as hard as we can to get the message to central government that investment in more resilient infrastructure and utilities is critical.”

To be eligible applicants must be experiencing significant cashflow issues due to continued challenges with customer access, ability to source stock, supply chain issues, inability to operate as usual due to the physical damage to equipment or premises, or delays in insurance assessment and repairs.

The grants are to help businesses cover operating expenses and position themselves for a successful recovery.

The $1.42 million our district has been charged with administering is for businesses across the Waikato region who fit the criteria for funding. Applications will be assessed by an independent advisory panel.


You can apply using our easy online form or download a PDF form to fill out online or by hand.


Applications close Friday 31 March.