Business assistance grants

Business funding support

Applications are now closed. The next round opens in March 2022.

Businesses can apply for Council funds to assist them to diversify and expand and to encourage new businesses to start up.

Applications are invited two times a year, via an online application form in March and August.

There are a number of categories for businesses including:

Funding category - start up / new

For businesses: 

  • Operating less than one year
  • 1-10 full time equivalent employees
  • Maximum grant per application $3,000

Assessment based on:

  • Business plan
  • Innovation
  • Anticipated employment growth (full time equivalent)

Funding category - small business

For businesses:

  • 2-10 full time equivalent employees
  • Maximum grant per applicant $5,000

Assessment based on:

  • Business plan
  • Anticipated employment growth (full time equivalent)
  • Capital investment
  • Innovation
  • Anticipated flow on economic activity as a result of the investment 10%

Funding category - medium business

For businesses:

  • more than 10, but less than 20 full time equivalent employees
  • maximum grant per applicant $10,000

Assessment based on:

  • Business plan
  • Anticipated employment growth (full time equivalent)
  • Capital investment
  • Innovation
  • Anticipated flow on economic activity as a result of the investment

Funding category - large business

For businesses:

  • more than 20 full time equivalent employees
  • maximum grant per applicant $15,000

Assessment based on:

  • Business plan
  • Anticipated employment growth (full time equivalent)
  • Capital investment
  • Anticipated flow on economic activity as a result of the investment

Assessment

Applications should be completed and submitted in accordance with the guidelines set out on this web page. 

Applications must be submitted by the closing date.  

Applications will be assessed against the criteria outlined in each category. 

All applications will be subjected to an initial acceptance check for compliance before being considered further. Applicants will be advised if their application cannot be accepted and why. Provided the application is subsequently amended as required and resubmitted in time, it will be reassessed. Applicants are wholly responsible in this regard. 

All applications will be assessed by staff (individuals or groups), appointed by the Chief Executive Officer for each specific program. 

Applications that meet the relevant criteria will be presented to Council together with recommendations from the administration about approvals/refusals; amounts; and conditions.

If a group indicates that Council's grant will go towards money from other sources, the group will need to provide evidence that they have this money. If the group cannot provide this evidence, the grant will only be provided on a pro rata basis.

Any unspent part of the financial assistance grant must be returned to Council by the end of the financial year in which it was given, unless prior written approval to carry it forward is obtained from the Chief Executive Officer.

Important dates

Dates for the next round of applications:

2 August Applications open
Friday, 10 September Applications close at 4pm
September / October  Assessment of applications
17 November 

Council meeting to approve funding

Funding announcements made

Late November  Funding provided

 

Apply

Once you have read the criteria for this funding program, applications must be made online. 

Applications are now closed.

Hints to completing your application:

  • Save your progress
  • Reduce the size of documents uploaded
  • Some fields are 'required' and must be completed

Steps to acquit your grant

When your project is completed, you will need to acquit your grant through this online form.

Online acquittal form

 

 

 

 

Help and advice 

Applicants should contact Bobbi Aitken, Community Executive Assistant, 5481 2206, in the first instance when considering their Business Assistance application.

If you’re starting a new business, expanding or diversifying your business, or just need some information or advice, please contact Astrid O’Farrell, Economic Development Manager on 5481 2200.

Council's policy, Assistance for business(PDF, 275KB) , outlines the details of this funding program.