Small business bushfire support from Facebook

If your business has been affected by the Australian bushfires, Facebook would like to help. Following on from a full day's Boost With Facebook session in Batemans Bay on March 2nd the team of Facebook experts have now ventured further south to Bega where business people from Towamba, Eden, Merimbula, Tathra, Bega, Cobargo, Bermagui and beyond have gathered for a free Facebook masterclass providing them with another tool in the region's bushfire recovery effort. Mayor Kristy McBain was on hand at the Bega Valley Innovation Hub to thank the global giant for a donation to the Bega Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund.

Above: Kristy McBain - Mayor, Bega Valley Shire Council, Alisha Elliot from @Facebook, Dan Murphy, Council's Economic Development Manager, and Mia Maze, Manager of Bega Valley Innovation Hub. MISSED OUT ON THE EUROBODALLA WORKSHOPS? NOT TO WORRY.... Facebook recognises that Australia is going through a difficult time and that unprecedented bushfire events have taken a huge toll on communities across the country. Their message to our fire affected communities is "If your small business has been affected by bushfires, please make contact (at the link below) and a Facebook Small Business Support Specialist will get in touch to understand your business challenges and offer guidance and assistance." How we can help Dedicated support for fire-affected business owners. Facebook business page coaching and advice. One-to-one business consultation with a Facebook Small Business Support Specialist. $200 AUD advertising coupon to help attract more customers. Regional workshops in online marketing to help boost fire-affected small businesses. Australia Groups Fund: Bushfire and drought recovery

Facebook advise that they have seen an incredible range of people from across Australia coming together through the power of Facebook Groups to coordinate and support the community response both online and offline. "We're providing grants of AUD 1,000-10,000 to Facebook Group admins to support the facilitation and ongoing activities of their Facebook Group to respond to the bushfire and drought crisis.If you have been involved in a Facebook Group or know of a Facebook Group who has made an impact in your community, find out how you can apply or nominate a group below." In particular, they are looking to fund Facebook Group activities that:

-  Build community resilience and connectedness by bringing people together

-  Nurture cultural vibrancy and the arts

-  Stimulate new spending within the local economy

-  Enhance mental health and wellbeing.

-  Improve the natural environment, wildlife and ecosystems

-  Support diverse and/or marginalised groups

If you know of a Facebook Group who has made an impact, please nominate them below and Good2Give will reach out to them with application details.

If you are a Facebook Group admin who fits the criteria above, apply now.

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