Business Grants Program
Supporting Local Small Business and Activating Underutilised Spaces
The City of Perth continues to provide support for locally owned businesses through its Business Grants Program. Over the last four years, the City of Perth has provided a number of city-based businesses grants to support and encourage innovative projects.
Two types of funding are available during 2013/14:
1. Small Business Grants OPENING IN JULY
The City of Perth is offering cash grants of up to $2,000 to small businesses located within the City of Perth Local Government Area to assist with business start-up, expansion or other innovative and creative business-related projects that provide a clear economic benefit to the city.
Applications for the 2013/14 round will be accepted from Monday, 1 July 2013 until Friday, 16 May 2014 or until all funds have been allocated. Please note that limited funding is available and applications will be considered on a first come, first served basis.
Successful applicants under the Small Business Grants will be required to acquit all funds by 13 June 2014.
For further information please contact the City of Perth Economic Development Unit by calling (08) 9461 3198 or via email at email@example.com.
2. Matched Funding Business Grants NOW OPEN
The City of Perth Matched Funding Business Grants provide local businesses with funding of up to $20,000 on a dollar for dollar basis. This program focuses on supporting innovative and creative business projects that improve the vitality and vibrancy of the city.
Suitable business projects include but are not limited to:
- Activation of underutilised spaces such as empty tenancies within vacant upper floors, basements or tenancies within laneways.
- Capital investment on building fit out costs including restoration and/or compliance with building codes, regulations, safety and accessibility.
- New product development and/or intellectual property management including patenting or commercialising a new product.
The application period will be open until Wednesday, 24 July 2013. Successful applicants will be announced on Wednesday, 28 August 2013.
For further information and to request a Matched Funding Business Grants Application Form please contact the City of Perth Economic Development Unit by calling (08) 9461 3198 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“As recipients of a City of Perth Small Business Grant we were able to get our signage installed and launch our business at a time when cash flow was short and paramount. With the help of the grant we got the visual presence we desired and the signage has been a integral part of our image.”
Casa Mexicana – El Compa
"This new licensed area has worked really well in the past two weeks, attracting more guests than we had originally planned for so we are happy to see the positive results already! From the first contact, our experience with the City of Perth Small Business Grants program has been great. All our inquiries have been dealt with in a timely and professional manner and the process was smooth and straight forward. As a small start up restaurant, competing with established venues in the heart of Northbridge, this grant has been crucial for us to set up an alfresco area to better serve our guests. Casa Mexicana - El Compa is only nine months old and we are very thankful for having the grant appoved, as it allows us to focus on serving our guests in the best possible manner rather than worrying about when and how to afford the purchase of equipment needed to set up our alfresco area.” – Gianni Monti.
La Petite Galerie
“The Small Business Grant program ensured our artist studio became a fully-utilised space for other artists to benefit from its inner city location while offering a professional yet affordable work environment. The grant enabled the studio to add vitality to the streetscape through its signage and custom fitout, turning an under-utilised space into an accessible one for emerging artists and small businesses to showcase their art and services. Thank you City of Perth for this valuable initiative.” – Sue-Lyn Moyle
Picabar - Cultural Centre, Northbridge
“We used the City of Perth Small Business Grant to purchase outdoor furniture for a previously unused courtyard outside our building. The grant was extremely handy at the time and the new area, and the furniture in it, has been well received.”
Burger Bistro on Shafto Lane
"It was great to get some financial support from the City of Perth to improve our business through the installation of a retractable awning. As the heavy storms last year brought down large branches that provided shade and ambiance the installation of the awning has allowed us to recreate a pleasant outdoor dining experience at our Shafto Lane shop. The City of Perth staff was great in guiding us through the grant process and really understood what we were trying to achieve".
Cabin Fever Café
"Cabin Fever Cafe has been a long time coming- the space has been in development for over a year. Cabin Fever was granted $10,000 from the City of Perth, in the form of a Matched Funding Grant to contibute to the fitout of our new cafe".
POPP – Public Outdoor Ping Pong
"The world of public outdoor ping pong has been buzzing these past months. POPP now has tables installed in Sydney, Perth and Melbourne. Our 1,000 friends on facebook is quickly becoming 2,000. We are heading to the Parks & Leisure Australia national conference in September. We will soon be releasing our concrete ping pong table. Magazines including Frankie, Men’s Style and Yen have been writing about us, and radio stations, property developers, universities and major newspapers have been poking us. Our interactive website is going live in two weeks!".