Business grant recipients to be announced in December

August 17, 2017 by  

Applications from creative and unique businesses of all types from West Melbourne and throughout the City have now closed for the latest small business grants on offer by the City of Melbourne.

The grants range up to $30,000 to put towards expansion or startup of a new business, or $10,000 to provide business support services or to enter the export trade.

Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said the programme of funding recognises the innovation and diversity that small business brings into Melbourne, and the important role they play in the city’s job market and economy, including its use of associated industries such as printing services. The Lord Mayor said:

“We now have 13,700 small businesses in Melbourne, making up 83 per cent of all businesses in the municipality.”

He said during the past 10 years the City has provided grants worth $8m to in excess of 360 businesses. Many, he said, have since achieved international and local success.

“Our support of small businesses and social enterprises has led to more than $70.9 million in turnover and more than 900 new jobs in the past decade.”

All industries were able to apply for the grants but each must be either planning to relocate or already operating within Melbourne City.

Small Business, Retail and Hospitality Portfolio Chair Cr. Susan Riley said there are upward of 50 services available from the City of Melbourne to help local businesses.

Results of the grant applications will be announced in December.