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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 in the City of Melbourne.

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.

When and how do I apply?

  • Applications are sought in March and August. The next funding round opens in July 2014 and closes in August 2014.
  • Read the small business grants guidelines (PDF, 2.5MB) and decide which grant category is right for you. You may only apply for one grant in a funding round.
  • Come along to an information session to learn more about the applications and assessment process. Details and bookings will be available on the in early July 2014.
  • Complete and submit the relevant online application form, financial templates and schedule. 
  • Micro business grant applicants please call the City of Melbourne on 03 9658 8710 to discuss your business idea and application.

Grant categories

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

Application forms

Forms will be available during each application period (February and July).

More information and help

  • There will be a general information session and a series of briefing sessions held during each application period. Dates and bookings for the next funding round will be available in early July 2014. Follow our Twitter account for regular updates.
  • Small Business Mentoring Services can help review your financial statements prior to submitting your grant application. To access this service, go to Small Business Mentoring Service and enter the code 'MCGRA'. The cost of the session is $80.
  • For further information about the program contact:
    Business and International Team
    Email: smallbusinessgrants@melbourne.vic.gov.au
    Phone: 03 9658 8710