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Small business grants

What are small business grants?

The program provides financial assistance to small businesses currently located or intending to locate within the City of Melbourne municipal boundary.

With an annual budget of $306,000, the small business grants program has funded over 320 businesses with over $7 million worth of grants since 1996.

Important dates

From July 2015 there will be one round of applications per year.

2015 dates

The round is now open and closes Monday 10 August at 5pm.

Start your application.

Prospective applicants are strongly advised to attend a general information session or a lunchtime workshop session. Find out more and register your attendance.

Am I eligible?

  • You must be currently located within the City of Melbourne municipality.
  • If you are not located within the municipality, you must be planning to re-locate within the next three months.
  • You must have 20 or fewer full-time equivalent employees.
  • You must have a registered Australian Business Number.
  • You must have an appropriate legal business structure.
  • Your proposal is innovative, creative and has a strong point of difference.
  • Your proposed product/service is market-ready.
  • Your proposal delivers benefits to the City of Melbourne.
  • Your proposal is financially-viable.
  • You must be able to proceed without grant funding.

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How do I apply?

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Grant categories

  • Start-up – Increase diversity by supporting the establishment of new and creative small businesses. Grants up to $30,000 are available.
  • Business expansion – Assist existing businesses that are introducing innovative services or products as part of their expansion phase. Grants up to $30,000 are available.
  • Export entry – Encourage and support businesses to enter and expand into new overseas markets (exporting). Grants up to $10,000 are available.
  • Business support services – Support member-based organisations to deliver new initiatives and provide significant tangible benefits to their members. Grants up to $10,000 are available.
  • Micro business – Assist business owners from marginalised target groups to establish a new business or expand their existing business. Grants up to $25,000 are available.

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Assessment criteria and process

Each application received is assessed internally and by an external assessment panel. Each application is assessed against these criteria:

  • Innovation and creativity (30%)
  • Business readiness (25%)
  • Financial viability (20%)
  • Benefits to the City of Melbourne (20%)
  • Ethical and other considerations (5%)

A shortlist of applicants recommended for funding are then presented to Council for formal approval. Once approved, each applicant is informed of the outcome and the grant recipients are publicly announced.

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More information and help

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Small business grant recipients

Applicant

Category

What the grant supports

Born Licensing Pty Ltd

Start-up

To establish an entertainment clip licensing agency.

CleanTek Market Pty Ltd

Start-up

To support the development of an online platform to source and manage clean technologies and investment in Melbourne.

Hike Pos

Start-up

To support the development of a cloud-based point-of- sale system that also works offline.

Hux Connect Pty Ltd

Start-up

To support the development of a professional building assessment service for monitoring and improving comfort in commercial office space.

Intellink Pty Ltd

Start-up

For the purchase of specialised business software to measure building performance with internet-enabled devices using IoT and big data.

Kalinya Communications Pty Ltd

Micro-business expansion

To support an Indigenous communications business to develop educational workshops on the role of online technologies, and build a professional website.

Pharmaceutical Packaging Professionals Pty Ltd

Business expansion

To support the establishment of a large storage facility for primary and secondary labelling of investigational clinical products.

Two Mavericks Research and Development Pty Ltd

Start-up

To support the development of a radiation shielding assessment consultancy for industries including medicine, nuclear security, and spacecraft development.
  • Read the media release from Tuesday 7 July announcing the small business grant recipients for the March 2015 round.
  • Previous grant recipients have achieved some amazing results with the assistance of our small business grants. Find out more.

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Don’t pay for free grants information

Message from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)

If you are considering applying for a grant, please be careful of cold-callers or websites that charge for grant-related services when such assistance is already available for free.

Visit the ACCC for information and tips on how to protect your business or project.

If you have queries about the City of Melbourne’s grant application processes, please contact us.