Business support grants

Business support grants

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 $30,000 for venue improvements to grow and enhance the quality and quantity of programming.
  • Night-time diversification – matched grant up to $30,000 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.


Grants team02 9265 9333

Last updated: Friday, 23 August 2019