Up to $30,000 is available through the Small Business Grants to help innovative small businesses located in Melbourne to start-up and grow.


City of Melbourne Small Business Grants

The Small Business Grants program provides financial assistance 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.
  • Business 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

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

The City of Melbourne Small Business Grants encourages applications in key target industry sectors such as advanced manufacturing, biotechnology, creative industries, environment services, finance and business services, healthcare, higher education, hospitality, information and communication technologies, retail and tourism businesses.

To be eligible for the Small Business Grants, you must:

  • have your business located in the municipality of Melbourne (if your business is not located within the municipality, you must be planning to re-locate within the next three months)
  • have 20 or fewer full-time equivalent employees
  • have a registered Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • have an appropriate legal business structure
  • have a proposal that creates employment opportunities and increases the level of business investment in the City of Melbourne
  • introduce a completely new product / service into your company portfolio (business expansion only)
  • increase the overall value and volume of exports from the City of Melbourne (export only)

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 9 September 2019.


2018 Recipients


An iconic women’s retail store currently located in Flinders Lane, Christine received an expansion grantas the business is planning to move to the top end of Collins Street, creating a new concept luxury store (Christine on Collins).

ColourSpace Gallery Pty Ltd 

ColourSpace Gallery offers artworks on an affordable monthly subscription basis to corporate businesses, and will focus on showcasing artworks of emerging Melbourne based artists. They have secured a start-up grant.

DreamWalk Apps Pty Ltd 

DreamWalk Apps received a start-up grant, they have created a new initiative “Proof” which allows users to design and develop a proof of concept app quickly and at low costs.

Girl Geek Academy

With a purpose of showcasing the number of women with successful Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers, Girl Geek Academy received an expansion grant. Their proposal is to launch a new Girl Geek Academy Guide (expert guide program) to showcase women in technology.

HH MPI Pty Ltd (T/A MagicPi) 

Using artificial intelligence, MagicPi received a start-up grant as they have developed a multi-lingual tour guide that can be delivered through personal smart devices. The company will add an Australian Sign Language (AUSLAN AI) component to the platform which will help support galleries and museums in delivering a better experience for hearing-impaired visitors.

Ion Opticks Pty Ltd

Receiving an expansion grant, Ion Opticks will scale development and manufacturing of their innovative nano capillary column used by cutting edge scientists worldwide for biological and medical research into cancer, Parkinson’s and other age-related diseases. These columns allow scientists to gain over 25 per cent more data from their samples compared to existing commercially available solutions.

Justice Denim

A start-up grant was given to Justice Denim to design and manufacture ethical, local and responsible denim jeans, using an artisan denim factory located in Melbourne. The business has also committed to donating one week’s schooling expenses for every pair of jeans sold to an internationally-recognized non-profit organisation.

Koel Pty Ltd (T/A Viva La Cup)

Viva La Cup received a start-up grantthrough proposing a sharing network for reusable cups that provides a sustainable product. They will work to collaborate with cafes to prevent the use of disposable single use coffee cups.

She’s A Crowd Pty Ltd

She’s A Crowd is a social enterprise company using crowdsourcing technology and data analytics to harness the global trend of social storytelling, allowing women to share their stories in a safe, anonymous and meaningful way.. They have secured a start-up grant.

Silverpond Pty Ltd

Silverpond received an expansion grant to develop a new computer vision artificial intelligence platform, Highlighter, that is particularly useful for organisations that want to automate repetitive visual tasks. This platform will make it more accessible and cost-effective for  companies to develop and adopt artificial intelligence technology as part of their business capabilities without having an in-house artificial intelligence team.

The Sneaker Laundry

The Sneaker Laundry received an expansion grant to create a new attractive window space at their retail store to allow passing trade and customers to engage the process of how customised painted artwork is created onto sneakers.

Thirty South Pty Ltd (T/A Act of Wine)

A new boutique wine store, Act of Wine focuses in supplying sustainable, natural, organic and biodynamic wine, craft beer and small patch spirits.

Umps Health Pty Ltd

Umps Health received a start-up grant as they have developed a smart home platform to support older Australians to live safely and independently at home. Umps Health’s smart plugs fit between any domestic appliance and the wall socket to measure things like when the kettle is used or TV turned on or off – sending a signal that the older person is okay. The system learns a person’s unique patterns of behaviour, and if there is significant abnormality, lets a family member or care provider know so they can check in.

Zero Impact Energy Pty Ltd

Zero Impact recycles waste coffee grounds into renewable energy, with high-performance coffee logs that are a truly sustainable alternative to firewood or brown coal. They have secured a start-up grant.

10Tickles Animation & Design

Securing an expansion grant, 10Tickles Animation & Design uses augmented reality technology to design a new immersive experience app – Macabre Melbourne Mysteries. Based on an historical crime, players use their smartphones to uncover clues as they navigate in and around the City of Melbourne to solve the crime.


2017 Recipients

Allen Kong Architect Pty Ltd

Allen Kong Architect is an architectural design company that specialises in sustainable architecture for intentional and therapeutic communities. As an export entry grant recipient the business is planning to export their design and project management services to the Kiribati Housing Corporation, Kiribati.

Assemble Technologies Pty Ltd (T/A Atticus)

A start up grant will assist Atticus to develop software-as-a-service (SaaS) products for the legal and professional services industries.

Beethoven & Dinosaur Pty Ltd 

Having recently secured an exclusive deal with publisher Annapurna Interactive for their debut action and adventure game The Artful Escape, independent game developer Beethoven & Dinosaur received a start-up grant to enhance their Docklands-based studio.

Churchill Club Pty Ltd

The Churchill Club is a member-based organisation whose primary objective is to drive economic and job growth amongst Victorian businesses by promoting the adoption of new and emerging technologies. This enables organisations to better create and utilise innovation. They have secured a business support grant.

Code Like A Girl Pty Ltd

Dedicated to providing girls with the tools, knowledge and support to enter and flourish in the world of coding, social enterprise Code like a Girl received a start-up grant to support the integration of an education portal with the Victorian DigiTech Curriculum.

Cumulo Group Pty Ltd  (T/A Beetbox)

The Cumulo Group, trading as Beetbox, has obtained a start-up grant to design, develop, manufacture, market and distribute the world’s best-loved lunchbox for bowl meals, salads and leftovers.

Disco Development Pty Ltd

A leading software development partner of the Shopify platform, an ecommerce software solution used by over 500,000 retailers worldwide, Disco Development received an export entry grant to explore new business opportunities in the Asia Pacific region.

Enabler Interactive Pty Ltd

Enabler Interactive received a start-up grant to develop an interactive 3D simulation training application for disability support workers that is cost-effective and can be accessed on mobile devices and websites.


Having developed Australia’s first dedicated environmental DNA service specialising in finding traces of DNA in the environment to identify and track invasive or threatened species, EnviroDNA received a start-up grant to purchase specialist equipment to streamline and grow their service offering.


Based on years of extensive research Faramoon has developed new technology to automate and simplify the collection and conversion of data points to three-dimensional models, such as the interior of buildings. The business received a start-up grant to support the integration of the technology to a cloud-based infrastructure.

Last Mile Solutions

Last Mile Solutions received a start-up grant to establish Melbourne’s first freight consolidation centre on the fringe of the central business district. Using low impact delivery methods, Last Mile Solutions handles the final stage of delivery to help relieve traffic congestion on our city roads.

MOG Laboratories Pty Ltd

With a reputation for developing outstanding laser and electronic scientific instrumentation, MOG Laboratories received a business expansion grant to upgrade their laboratory space to optical cleanroom quality to facilitate the production of new products which rely of near-perfect optical mirrors.

PolyActiva Pty Ltd

A world-class biotechnology and drug development company currently developing a site-specific antibiotic delivery implant to treat infection after ocular surgery, PolyActiva received a business expansion grant to support the introduction of an in-house manufacturing capability.

Reground Pty Ltd

Having established a valuable service collecting coffee grounds from urban cafes and roasters’ waste streams and transforming to compost and garden fertilisers, environmental services company Reground received a business expansion grant to introduce a new plastics recycling service as well as develop a waste audit platform to help City of Melbourne businesses evaluate their green credentials.

Wendy Voon

Women’s clothing store Wendy Voon showcases ethically made garments, jewellery and accessories by outstanding local and Australian designers. The retailer received a business expansion grant to create an after-hours curated trunk show service to complement their current offering.


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