Finegrain matching grants
Finegrain matching grants
‘Finegrain’ businesses are small scale, diverse and innovative businesses that are likely to be engaged in specialist retail, hospitality and entertainment or will otherwise encourage activation of under-used spaces in city laneways and plazas with business activity that is currently undersupplied or non-existent in the city centre.
Central Sydney has a unique natural setting and contains significant icons that represent Australia to the world. A truly global city must also preserve and extend the city’s finegrain and encourage diverse business to retain a lively, engaging city centre.
Applicants must make a matched contribution to the business venture for which funding is sought. The contribution must be used as investment into the business and refers to cash only, not to 'in-kind' contributions. This contribution must not be obtained through any other subsidy from state, territory or federal governments.
Up to $30,000 matched funding will be considered for this program. Applications are accepted on an ad hoc basis.
The grant will support new small businesses to locate, and existing small businesses to grow, in the laneways of central Sydney, as well as new, unique and innovative businesses to establish in or relocate to central Sydney. These businesses will contribute to achieving the broad aims of Sustainable Sydney 2030 to create a Green, Global and Connected city.
Categories of support include:
The City’s laneways provide a significant finegrain experience in the city centre of Sydney. The grant may encourage small businesses to seek out opportunities to contribute to activation of these distinctive sites.
Business diversity in other underutilised locations
Some opportunities may emerge in underutilised locations that are not laneways. In this instance, the grant is to encourage business diversity in the city centre. These businesses may demonstrate unique attributes as follows: distinctive / bespoke / uncommon / innovative / unusual / curious / unexpected / specialised.
The City may consider capital expenditure over $5,000 for Finegrain Business Development Matching Grants.
How to apply
All applications are assessed against the grant criteria and in accordance with the City's grants and sponsorship policy (download below).
Before you get started, get in touch with us to make sure your project is eligible. The grants team are very happy to provide advice and support to all grants applicants but we cannot proof read draft applications.
To apply, contact the finegrain business advisor to arrange a pre-application meeting. Following the meeting, you will receive an application form. You must clearly answer all application questions and present a concise and accurate business plan as part of your supporting documentation.
For more information about this program, please contact:
Business Advisor: The Finegrain
02 9265 email@example.com
|Grants and sponsorship policy||PDF 653.3 KB||Download|
|Guidelines: Finegrain business development matching grant program (2012/13)||PDF 187.3 KB||Download|
|The Fine Grain Report||PDF 4.4 MB||Download|
|Central Sydney laneways map||PDF 637.1 KB||Download|
Last updated: Friday, 24 May 2013