Business Grants and Assistance
Greater Dandenong Business Grants Program
Applications for the 2018-19 program are now closed.
Each year Council awards grants to small businesses located in, or intending to locate to, the City of Greater Dandenong municipality (some exclusions apply).
Cash grants of up to $8000, plus a business mentoring and marketing package valued up to $2000 are offered.
• Start-up grants
To assist with the establishment of new and innovative small businesses that will increase the diversity of the city’s business community.
• Business growth grants
To assist existing, innovative small business to grow including from a home base to commercial premises.
• Relocation/expansion grants
To attract new businesses and investment to Greater Dandenong including the opening of a new branch in the municipality. Please note: applications under this category will not be accepted from businesses moving to the City of Greater Dandenong from the adjoining municipalities of Frankston, Kingston, Monash, Knox or Casey.
Register your interest in applying for a grant in the 2019-20 grant round by via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Past grant recipients
Other grant and sponsorship opportunities
A range of government departments and organisations offer grant funding and sponsorship for businesses. The list below highlights some of these to help you get started.
Grants and Assistance Finder
The Grants and Assistance Finder helps you locate the grants and assistance programs most relevant to your business for free. You can search through a wide variety of grants in many categories, including developing your business, innovation and education.
Efic (Export Finance and Insurance Corporation)
Australia's export credit agency operating on a commercial basis and partnering with banks to provide top financial solutions for Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) that are exporters, Australian companies in an export supply chain, Australian companies looking to expand their business operations overseas to better service their clients, and Australian companies operating in emerging and frontier markets.
Other free assistance
Small Business Bus
Operated by Small Business Victoria, the Small Business Bus visits Melbourne and regional Victoria as a 'travelling office on wheels.' It offers friendly, professional assistance from an information officer and expert advice from an experienced business mentor.
Victorian Small Business Commission (VSBC)
The VSBC is your first port of call for independent guidance on business disputes. They provide quick, effective, neutral and low cost mediation services – so you can get on with the job of running your business.
The VSBC also provide free webinars for small business, news and publications containing the latest news from the VSBC, information sheets and brochures, publications and information about upcoming events.