Small business urged to apply for city grants

July 24, 2017 by  

A vast array of creative and unique businesses are being urged to apply for a small business grant on offer by the City of Melbourne.

The grants programme, according to Lord Mayor Robert Doyle, recognises the innovation and diversity small businesses contribute to the city, as well as their valuable role in providing jobs and boosting the economy.

He said Melbourne’s tally of small businesses has now reached 13,700, which represents 83% of the total number within the entire municipality, explaining:

“Over the past decade the City of Melbourne has allocated $8 million in grants to more than 360 businesses, many of which have gone on to achieve local and international 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, ranging from printing services to commercial enterprises, can apply for the grants with up to $30,000 available towards expansion or startup projects.

Businesses can also apply for up to $10,000 towards initiating business support services, or if they are seeking to move into the competitive export market.

Councillor Susan Riley, Small Business, Retail and Hospitality Portfolio Chair, said the City had supported small business for a long time, adding

“We deliver more than 50 services that can help Melbourne businesses.”

Applications close on August 7.