Due to the impact of Covid19, Business Grants are now available from The City of Melbourne and Business Victoria.
City of Melbourne Business Grants
As part of the City of Melbourne’s economic support package for city businesses, they are offering $5 million in grants for small to medium-sized businesses and non-profit organisations to invest in online and e-commerce capabilities, take part in training and professional development, and undertake capital works.
- Up to $5000 for investing in online and e-commerce activities.
- Up to $2000 for training and professional development.
- Up to $10,000 for capital works projects (matching dollar-for-dollar) to adapt to changing conditions.
COVID-19 is testing us all – and part of our response must be to innovate.
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Digital Marketing Services Available
- Website/App Design and Development
- Google Ads
- Facebook & Instagram Ads
- Content Creation
- Graphic Design – Branding/Logo/Brochures
Are You Eligible?
To be eligible to apply applicants must meet the following criteria:
- be located within the City of Melbourne municipality
- have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
- be a small to medium-sized business (employ fewer than 50 full-time equivalent employees at the time of application, or up to 75 staff for hospitality and tourism sectors)
- be a small to medium-sized non-profit organisation (employ fewer than 50 full-time equivalent employees at the time of application)
- able to demonstrate how the grant will help support your business or non-profit organisation in response to the impact of COVID-19.
Business Victoria Grants
Funding of $10,000 per business is available and will be allocated through a grant process.
Businesses are eligible to apply for a grant through the Fund if they meet the following criteria:
- Have been subject to closure; and
- Employ people; and
- Have a turnover of more than $75,000; and
- Have payroll of less than $650,000; and
- Hold an Australian Business Number (ABN) and held that ABN at 16 March 2020; and
- Have been engaged in carrying out the operation of the business in the Australian State of Victoria on 16 March 2020.
What is the Business Support Fund for?
The Business Support Fund is for small businesses that employ staff and are subject to closure or are highly impacted by the shutdown restrictions announced by the Victorian Government as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19). This includes businesses in the hardest-hit sectors including:
- Accommodation and Food Services (e.g. cafes, restaurants, caterers, hotels, motels)
- Arts and Entertainment (e.g. cinemas, performing arts venues, creative spaces, performers, museums)
- Health and Beauty Services (e.g. hairdressers, barbers, beauty therapists)
- Sport and recreation (e.g. gyms, swimming pools, indoor climbing, play centres)
- Tourism (e.g. tourist transport, tour operators, tour arrangement)
- Retail, other than supermarket, groceries, liquor and pharmacy businesses
- Other Services (e.g. real estate agents)
How can the funding be used?
Examples of what the grant funding could be used for include:
- Meeting business costs, including utilities, salaries, rent
- Seeking financial, legal or other advice to support business continuity planning
- Developing the business through marketing and communications activities
- Other supporting activities related to the operation of the business.
Evidence of eligibility and compliance
- Applicants must certify in writing that they meet the eligibility criteria.
- Applicants will be subject to audit by the Victorian Government or its representatives and will be required to produce evidence, such as payroll reports to demonstrate impact, at the request of the Victorian Government for a period of four years after the grant has been approved.
- If any information in the application is found to be false or misleading, or grants are not applied for the purposes stated in the terms of funding and application, the grant will be repayable on demand.
Links to Grants
City of Melbourne - Covid-19 Quick Response Business Grants
Business Victoria - Business Support Fund