Our grants aim to help businesses in Boroondara grow and thrive.

Current Council grants for business

There are no business grant rounds currently open.

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For COVID-19 support information and resources for your business, see COVID-19 business recovery.

Visit our business hub for resources to start, grow and promote your business.

State and Federal Government grants and funding

As a small business, you may be able to access a range of business grants and assistance offered at State and Federal government level. Look out for opportunities to help with:

  • financial support during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • growing your business
  • networking and mentoring
  • making your business more environmentally sustainable
  • hiring new employees
  • other specific initiatives.

Find out more from these websites:

Past Council grants for business

Heritage Facade Maintenance grant - Maling Road, Canterbury

In 2020-21 the Heritage Facade Maintenance grant program provided funding for commercial property owners and occupiers within the Maling Road precinct in Canterbury to restore, upgrade or otherwise improve their heritage facades.

This initiative was one of a number of projects to revitalise Maling Road through placemaking. For more information, see Maling Road placemaking project.

Works that were eligible for funding of up to $5,000 included:

  • exterior painting or rendering (on a surface already painted or rendered)
  • replacement of masonry, stonework or timber cladding
  • heritage preservation, repairs or maintenance, including awnings and verandahs (undertaken to the same details, specifications and materials)
  • re-pointing of brick, stone and/or brick restoration or cleaning (not including sandblasting)
  • repair or replacement of wall tiles (undertaken to the same details, specifications and materials)
  • replacement of doors and/or windows (like-for-like and undertaken to the same details, specifications and materials)
  • addition of non-permanent outdoor planters/accessories (like shutters or trim) or floral treatments that are not attached to a building
  • up-lighting of heritage facades.

Applications were assessed by a panel against evaluation criteria, with applicants required to meet eligibility requirements and other conditions of funding, including a co-contribution to the works.

Small Business Booster grant

In 2020-21 the Small Business Booster grant program provided financial assistance to 34 Boroondara businesses to respond to the impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Grants of up to $1,500 were available to eligible businesses operating from a commercial premises.

Businesses could apply for funding under 3 categories:

  • Category 1: Pivot/adapt products, services and/or operations (e.g. set-up an online presence, deliver programs/services online, undertake research and development to create a new product or service line, change shop fit-out, etc.)
  • Category 2: Undertake promotional activities (e.g. social media advertising, design/printing/distribution of flyers, etc.)
  • Category 3: Implement activities outlined in COVIDSafe plans (e.g. cleaning and sanitising products, as well as signage).

Preference was given to applications which:

  • procured products and services from local suppliers in the City of Boroondara
  • provided services and products to Boroondara residents
  • kept people employed, or facilitated the creation of new employment opportunities
  • differentiated their business from competitors
  • could be completed in a short timeframe.

Applications were assessed by a panel against evaluation criteria, with applicants required to meet eligibility requirements and other conditions of funding.

Small Business Resilience grant

In 2020-21 the Small Business Resilience grant program provided financial assistance to 30 Boroondara businesses to operate more effectively in the online environment, which became increasingly important following the outbreak of COVID-19.

The program was designed to support businesses to pivot their business model, enabling them to more effectively compete with the growing number of services and products sold and provided online. Successful applicants received funding of up to $4,000 (depending on the activity) to develop or improve online and e-commerce capabilities.

Funding could cover or contribute to the purchase of services, hardware and software to:

  • deliver programs and services online
  • develop a social media strategy and set up of social media platforms
  • develop a website without e-commerce functionality
  • develop e-commerce functionality to an existing website
  • develop a website and social media presence
  • develop a website with e-commerce functionality.

Preference was given to applicants whose proposed activity would:

  • procure products and services from local suppliers in the City of Boroondara
  • keep people employed, or facilitate the creation of new employment opportunities
  • assist to differentiate their business from competitors
  • supply products and services to the Boroondara community.

Applications were assessed by a panel against evaluation criteria, with applicants required to meet eligibility requirements and other conditions of funding.

Small Business Sparks grant

In 2018 and 2019 the Small Business Sparks grant program provided funding to help a total of 17 small businesses develop innovative solutions.

Funding could help small business owners in Boroondara:

  • develop new products or service offerings
  • introduce new technologies, processes and outcomes to their business.

The grant supported proposals that:

  • demonstrated a benefit to the local economy (and broader Boroondara community)
  • contributed to the vibrancy of a strip shopping centre.

Applications were assessed by a panel against evaluation criteria, with applicants required to meet eligibility requirements and other conditions of funding, including a co-contribution to the works.

More information

For more information about business grants, call the Local Economies team on 9278 4444.

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