What is the City of Melbourne Small Business Grants

The Small Business Grants program is a grant to support market-ready products and services that enhance the City of Melbourne’s reputation for innovation and creativity, and contribute to a thriving, sustainable business culture.



The City of Melbourne Small Business Grants aims to:

  • Encourage and support new, creative and diverse business activities that will contribute to a thriving and competitive business environment within the city.
  • Create employment opportunities and increase the level of business investment in the municipality.
  • Support businesses that demonstrate solid market potential and a sound business model, including financial viability
  • Increase the overall value and volume of exports from the City of Melbourne municipality.



Small Business Grants support is available in a number of categories:

  • Start-up – supports new and creative small businesses in starting up. Grants up to $30,000 are available.
  • Expansion – assist existing businesses that are introducing innovative services or products to grow. Grants of up to $30,000 are available.
  • Export – encourage and support businesses to enter and expand into new overseas markets. Applicants may apply under two sub-categories; new exporter and current exporter. Grants of up to $10,000 are available.


Eligible Projects

Before submitting a grant application, it is important to understand the types of activities and initiatives that the program will fund and those they do not.

The program will fund expenditure items that are directly related to the proposal. They do not fund operational expenses that are considered as ongoing costs such as rent, utilities, wages and personal expenses. Refer to the guidelines for more details.

Your proposal needs to:

  • be innovative and creative with a strong point of difference
  • have a product or service that is market-ready
  • deliver benefits to the City of Melbourne
  • be financially viable
  • be able to proceed without grant funding.


Eligible Applicants

​To be eligible for a City of Melbourne small business grant:

  • Your business must be located within the City of Melbourne municipality or you must be planning to re-locate to the municipality within three months of applying for the grant.
  • You must have less than 20 full-time equivalent employees.
  • You must have a registered ABN and an appropriate legal business structure.
  • Your proposed product or service must be market-ready.
  • Your business proposal must be able to proceed without our grant.
  • Your application must be complete and include financial statements or other requested attachments.

Franchisees, subsidiaries of larger companies, unincorporated associations and government departments or agencies are not eligible to apply. Branches of foreign companies not registered as an Australian company are also ineligible. Individuals or organisations providing trade facilitation services are not eligible under the export entry category.



Applications close 16 March 2020.


2019 Recipients

Round two

Advanced Composite Structures Australia P/L

A company engaged in fibre reinforced composite material research development, engineering and manufacturing. Plans to market capabilities to the Asian, European and United States markets. Located in Port Melbourne, Advanced Composite Structures Australia P/L received an export grant

AquaTerra Solutions Pty Ltd

A technology platform that measures soil moisture and temperature to help farmers reduce water and energy consumption and improving crop quality. AquaTerra Solutions Pty is located in Carlton, and has secured a start-up grant.

Aquatic Physio Exercise Australia

Aquatic physiotherapy service  building an online community helping people learn the best way to use the aquatic environment to improve their movement, strength, mobility, balance and power; Particularly helpful for City of Melbourne residents with access to pools in their building. Aquatic Physio Exercise Australia received an expansion grant.

Crema Joe

Sells reusable coffee capsules with locally roasted and packed beans. Expanding to a service that provides a refill service to businesses in the CBD, and helping to transform employees of local businesses into habitual re-users. Crema Joe received an expansion grant.

D.Baker & Sons

A family owned and operated distillery that has been producing single malt whisky. Planning to relocate from its current operation in Bayswater to Kensington. The new location will allow them to expand its production capacity and offers educational and tourism experiences. D.Baker & Sons secured an expansion grant.

Elixico (Grand Yarra)

Melbourne based design and innovation development consultancy with a focus on automotive design and styling. Expanding into the broader sustainable ‘mobility’ industry and looking at new alternative vehicle types and low cost mobility solutions. Elixico (Grand Yarra) secured an expansion grant.


Manages dehydrators that condense food waste from CBD cafes for transport and transform it to fertiliser for nearby farms. In the process of relocating my business to a confirmed address in the City of Melbourne municipality. Enrich360 received an expansion grant.

Hoist AI

A new Melbourne-based artificial intelligence focused accelerator that backs entrepreneurs, researchers and teams that develop and use Artificial Intelligence (AI); one of the fastest growing technologies around the world. Hoist AI has secured a start-up grant.

Ida Sports

Ida Sports is sports footwear and apparel business that caters to professional female athletes with links to AFL and soccer clubs across Victoria.18 month