City of Melbourne’s Small Business Grants

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Monday 9 July - 6 August 2018

It’s that time of year again – applications for the annual City of Melbourne Small Business Grants program open on Monday 9 July 2018, and close on Monday 6 August 2018.

The program aims to support businesses that contribute to the City of Melbourne’s reputation for innovation and thriving business culture. Startups and small businesses from all sectors are eligible to apply provided they are market-ready and underpinned by a strong business proposal that will proceed regardless of grant funding.

Since 1996, the City of Melbourne has awarded $8 million in grants to more than 370 businesses, helping many achieve local and international growth.

Well-respected local businesses that have benefited from City of Melbourne grants include Code Like a Girl, Beetbox, mag nation, Melbourne City Rooftop Honey, KokoBlack, Bastion Cycles, Everproof, MӦRK Chocolate, KeepCup and many more.

To be eligible to apply for a grant, you must:

* Have a registered ABN
* Employ 20 people or less
* Have an appropriate legal structure
* Be located or committed to relocate to the City of Melbourne municipality.
Individuals can apply for up to $30,000, and business support organisations and export businesses can apply for up to $10,000.

Grants are judged on the following criteria:

* Innovation and creativity: 30%
* Business readiness: 25%
* Financial viability: 20%
* Benefits to the City of Melbourne: 20%
* Ethical and other considerations: 5%

To find out more, register to attend one of these free workshops:

For start-up applicants

Monday 16 July 12-1pm
Thursday 19 July 12-1pm
Tuesday 24 July, 12pm to 1pm

For business expansion applicants

Thursday 12 July 12-1pm
Wednesday 18 July 12-1pm

For export entry applicants

Thursday 12 July 1.30 – 2.15pm
Wednesday 18 July 1.30 – 2.15pm

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