Business support grants

Business support grants

Now open

Applications close 5pm on Monday 31 August 2020.

Supporting local business

The business support grant program supports strong and sustainable local businesses by supporting initiatives that stimulate the city's precincts and the night-time economy. It provides matched support for businesses, property owners, not-for-profits, industry associations, local chambers of commerce and precinct associations.

The program aims to foster local economic development by supporting projects that promote commercial and retail precincts, build capacity in business operators, strengthen business networks, increase business offerings and activity at night. This includes the quantity and quality of live music and performances venues and programming.

Expected program outcomes

  • Increased awareness of unique local precinct offerings and experiences.
  • Increased footfall and measurable patronage and spend in local retail precincts.
  • Improved access to industry/sector specific information, upskilling and networking opportunities for local businesses.
  • Strengthened advocacy by local chambers of commerce and precinct associations on behalf of their members.
  • Diverse business offerings and programming at night.
  • Increased quantity and quality of live music and performance programming.
  • Improved acoustic performance and suitability of live music and performance venues.

Please see the grants and sponsorship guidelines for expected program outcomes, assessment criteria, and eligibility.

Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to contact us to discuss their project.

Funding available

  • Live music and performance – matched grant up to $20,000 for capital improvements to premises associated with live music and performance and cultural production and participation.
  • Night-time diversification – matched grant up to $10,000 for 1 or 2 years for programming at night (6pm to 6am) to encourage increased variety of offerings in commercial precincts.
  • Place and industry – matched grant of funding requested for initiatives over 1 or 2 years that promote, connect, grow and advocate for local economies.


City concierge02 9265 9333

Last updated: Wednesday, 29 July 2020