COVID-19 Community and Business Development Grants
Applications are now closed for our Boost for Business COVID-19 resilience and recovery package.
NEWS UPDATE: Thursday 10 September
Last night Council resolved to commit an additional $300,000 towards the Business Recovery Grants Program to continue supporting businesses through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Last month $250,000 in grants was awarded to 107 businesses in Merri-bek. The application process was very competitive with Council receiving 665 applications that were assessed against a set of criteria.
Due to the overwhelming number of strong applicants, the unsuccessful applications will be reassessed and the additional $300,000 will be awarded in $2,000 grants to the next highest scoring applications.
The additional funding will be added to Merri-bek Council’s $525,000 ‘Boost for Business’ COVID-19 resilience and recovery package, which focuses on restoring the economic, social and emotional wellbeing of the business community. This brings the total value of business support Council is providing to $825,000.
Successful grant recipients will be notified via email in the coming days. We will not be accepting new applicants for the grants.
For further information, please email the Economic Development Unit.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Merri-bek City Council is providing $300,000 in grants to help local businesses impacted adversely by the economic implications of COVID-19.
These grants are part of Council’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its Boost for Business package. The grants have been developed to assist businesses to invest in projects to stay viable through the current COVID-19 environment and emerge stronger through the recovery phase.
Two levels of grants are available:
The projects could fund marketing or online initiatives, purchase of e-commerce tools, service and product development or other small-scale projects.
Each business can only apply for one grant (ie $2k or $5K).
The grants are open to businesses operating in the City of Merri-bek. Applications must provide the following to be eligible:
*APPLICATIONS HAVE NOW CLOSED*
Applications are made online by completing a form through SmartyGrants. To successfully submit an application, you must ensure all relevant sections of the application form are completed and attachments are included.
1. Read the ‘COVID-19 Community and Business Development Grant Guidelines’ and familiarise yourself with the
COVID-19 Community and Business Development Grant questions
2. Check your eligibility.
3. Seek quotes for your proposal.
4. Access the application online at Moreland Smartygrant
5. Complete the online application and attach all supporting documentation (e.g. Project Plan, quotes)
6. Submit your application online by the due date.
Business Merri-bek is providing a ‘’How To Write a Business Grant’ webinar for businesses who would like to learn how to write effective grant applications.
Date: Thursday 30 July 2020
Time: 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Register your place
Council officers cannot provide advice on project ideas, costs etc.
Requests that relate to funding guidelines, dates, etc must be in writing. All requests must be emailed to email@example.com. The subject of the email must be: ‘URGENT REQUEST FOR INFORMATION – COVID-19 Community and Business Development Grants
For any general questions call the Business Hotline on 03 8311 4131
For technical support contact the SmartyGrants support desk 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday on 03 9320 6888 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org