Available Grants – July 2020
Businesses within metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire that are affected by the return to Stay at Home restrictions may be eligible for a one-off, $5,000 grant under the Business Support Fund – Expansion program.
To be eligible you must meet the below criteria:
- operate a business located in metropolitan Melbourne or Mitchell Shire
- be a participant in the Commonwealth Government’s JobKeeper Payment scheme
- employ people
- be registered with WorkSafe on 30 June 2020
- have an annual payroll of less than $3 million in 2019-20 on an ungrouped basis
- be registered for Goods and Services Tax (GST) as at 30 June 2020
- hold an Australian Business Number (ABN) and have held that ABN at 30 June 2020
- be registered with the responsible Federal or State regulator.
Applications for the grant close on 19th August 2020 and includes the following areas;
- Mornington Peninsula
- Port Phillip
- Glen Eira
- Greater Dandenong
- Moonee Valley
- Yarra Ranges
- Hobsons Bay
- Mitchel Shire
Closing Date: 16th August 2020
Funding Available: Between $500 to $3,000
The Objective of the Grant:
This grant helps small businesses meet the costs of safely reopening or up-scaling operations. These expenses include, but are not limited to:
- Fit-out changes and temporary physical changes (for example, plastic barriers at checkouts)
- Staff training and counselling
- Business advice and continuity planning
- Cleaning products and additional cleaning services
- Additional equipment necessary to comply with social distancing or other public health measures
- Marketing, communications and advertising
- Digital solutions (for example, e-commerce or business websites).
This grant can only be used for purchases of eligible expenses made from 1 July 2020, and only where no other government support is available.
Closing Date: When the funding runs out
Funding Available: Between $2,000 to $10,000
The Objective of the Grant:
The objective of this program is to support small businesses subject to closure or highly impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) shutdown restrictions announced by the Queensland Government, to adapt and sustain their operations, and build resilience.
The program aims to see small and micro businesses:
- Prepare for the safe resumption of trading in the post COVID-19 recovery
- Continue to meet operating costs
- Access digital technologies to rebuild business operations and transition to a new way of doing business
- Respond to online opportunities, where possible, to sustain employment and maintain potential for longer-term growth
- Upskill and reskill business owners and staff to benefit from new technologies or business models
- Embrace business diversification to adapt and sustain operations
- Create or retain employment.
The Energy Efficient Communities Program will assist businesses and community organisations to reduce greenhouse gas emission, improve energy efficiency practices and technologies and better manage energy
Funding Available: Between $5,000 to $20,000
The closing date: 17th August 2020
Timeframe: Applicants will have18 months to complete the project after grant approval.
- Replacing existing equipment with higher efficiency equipment
- Installing or replacing a component to help an existing system run more efficiently (for example installing solar pre-heating for a hot water system, installing a variable speed drive on a vacuum pump, installing heat recovery from milk cooling equipment to pre-heat hot water, installing remote monitoring equipment for water storage or pasture condition)
- Energy audits
- Investment feasibility studies for energy efficiency upgrades
- Monitoring of energy consumption and emissions.
- Carry out on-farm energy audits
- An energy audit of your site or part of your site
- Costs related to feasibility studies
- Purchase or hire of equipment to measure, monitor and record energy use
- Purchase of equipment to replace existing equipment, where the new equipment is higher efficiency, and costs to decommission, remove and dispose of the old equipment item
- Purchase of equipment or components to help an existing system run more efficiently
- Design, and reasonable installation costs of eligible equipment
- Commissioning or tuning of equipment installed or modified as part of the project, and any related equipment that is affected by the project
- Building permits or approval costs to install equipment, where required.
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