- The small business grants program provides financial assistance to small businesses currently located or intending to locate in the City of Melbourne.
| 9am on 19 February 2014
||5pm on 19 March 2014
||For events / activities completed by June 2015
The key objectives of the small business grants program are to:
- increase diversity in the city by supporting the establishment of new and creative small businesses
- assist existing businesses that are introducing innovative services or products as part of their expansion phase
- encourage and support businesses to enter and expand into new overseas markets (exporting)
- support member-based organisations within the city.
There are five categories of grants; start-up, business expansion, export entry, business support services and micro business.
Am I eligible for a small business grant?
Please read the small business grants guidelines (PDF, 2.5MB) before you apply.
General information session (held on 19 February 2014)
Download the small business / social enterprise grants presentation (.PDF, 329kb)
Lunchtime workshop sessions
These sessions will focus on the assessment criteria for each grant category and information that is required for the application forms.
Note: all sessions are now fully booked and there will be no additional sessions scheduled.
Session dates/times are as follows:
Monday 24 February (12pm to 1pm)
Friday 28 February (12pm to 1pm)
Monday 3 March (12pm to 1pm; combined with Business expansion)
Tuesday 4 March (12pm to 1pm)
Wednesday 5 March (12pm to 1pm)
Thursday 6 March (1pm to 2pm; combined with Business expansion)
Wednesday 12 March (11am to 12pm; combined with Business expansion)
Wednesday 12 March (12pm to 1pm; combined with Business expansion)
Business expansion category
Thursday 27 February (1pm to 2pm)
Monday 3 March (12pm to 1pm; combined with Startup session)
Thursday 6 March (1pm to 2pm; combined with Startup session)
Wednesday 12 March (11am to 12pm; combined with Startup session)
Wednesday 12 March (12pm to 1pm; combined with Startup session)
All sessions will be held in the Nat Bonacci meeting room, 240 Little Collins Street, Melbourne.
There is no briefing session scheduled for export entry or business support services categories of the grants. If you have queries about these categories, please call 9658 8710 or email email@example.com
Micro business category applicants are encouraged to call 9658 8710 and discuss your proposal prior to submitting an application.
Application and support
The City of Melbourne uses a system called SmartyGrants for online applications. Online forms can be edited, saved and reviewed prior to submitting a final version.
Please refer to the SmartyGrants help guide for assistance in submitting your application. The SmartyGrants support desk is open on weekdays between 9am and 5pm and can be reached by phone 03 9320 6888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications for all small business grant categories close at 5pm on Wednesday 19 March. Late applications will not be accepted.
To apply, complete the relevant online application form:
As part of your application, you will be required to submit a set of financial statements relating to your business proposal. Templates for financial statements and accompanying notes to help you prepare them can be downloaded.
Small Business Mentoring Service
The Small Business Mentoring Services can help to 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.
The session will be with an experienced business mentor who will talk to you about the preparation of financials or check that the financials you have prepared meet the application requirements.
Please ensure that you make a booking early to allow ample time for mentor to review and discuss your financial statements.
In many instances, this session will be sufficient to ensure your application fulfils the City of Melbourne’s requirements and that it is accurate and representative of your business outlook.
If it is identified that you need additional help, the mentor can either directly assist through the purchase of additional sessions or put you in touch with a mentor that aligns with your needs.
As part of your application, you will be required to provide information about your market analysis and strategy. Review the checklist (Excel, 66kb) to guide you in completing your sections 4 and 5 of the application form.
For further information, please contact:
Business and International Team
Phone: 03 9658 8710