Up to $30,000 is available from Social Enterprise Grants to support social enterprises within the City of Melbourne to start up and grow.
Social Enterprise Grants
The Social Enterprise Grants program provides financial assistance to support the establishment and expansion of businesses and organisations with a distinctly social purpose. It aims to enhance the City of Melbourne’s reputation for business vitality, diversity and inclusiveness and contribute further to the city’s thriving economy and community.
For the purpose of these grants, a ‘social enterprise’ is defined as an organisation that combines trade with a social purpose where this purpose is a defining part of the business. Applicants may include a social enterprise, charities and other philanthropic organisations. Applications will be accepted from both not-for-profit and for profit businesses.
The Social Enterprise Grants aim to:
- Encourage the establishment and expansion of sustainable social enterprises that enhance the City of Melbourne’s reputation for business vitality, diversity and inclusiveness.
- Support social enterprises that demonstrate a point-of-difference, solid market potential and a sound business model, including long-term financial viability.
- Increase the level of business and social investment in the City of Melbourne, which will contribute to a thriving economic and community environment.
- Start-up – Open to existing social enterprises to assist in accelerating the establishment of their business. Grants up to $30,000 is available
- Business expansion – Open to existing social enterprises to assist with growth of their business. Grants up to $30,000 is available.
To be eligible, you must:
- be located in the City of Melbourne municipality, or be prepared to relocate there within three months of receiving the grant
- be a business cooperative, partnership, charity, social enterprise, incorporated association or philanthropic organisation
- have 20 or fewer employees
- have a registered Australian Business Number (ABN)
- be able to commence the proposed activity promptly upon receiving the grant
- be financially viable
Applications close 9 September 2019.