Applications have now closed

Banyule Council is excited to announce its Banyule Business Grants Pilot Program in 2019.

Page Index

  1. Background
  2. Grants on offer
  3. Guidelines
  4. Application queries
  5. Timeline
  6. Eligibility
  7. How to apply


Banyule Council recognises that small businesses make a huge contribution to the local economy and to the vibrancy and energy of Banyule. Our grants pilot program provides financial assistance to help businesses lead innovation, invest in their businesses, build a vibrant precinct and contribute to a thriving sustainable business culture.

The key documents the Small Business Grant program relates to are the Economic Development Plan 2015 -2020, Council Plan 2017-2021 and Council’s Climate Action Policy.

Banyule Council welcomes proposals that:

  • Create employment opportunities through start up, growth or expansion.
  • Contribute to innovation and creativity.
  • Contribute to a vibrant community.
  • Provide long term benefits for the business and Banyule.
  • Consider environmental sustainability.

Grants on offer

Banyule Council is offering:

  • Small Business Grants of up to $5,000, and
  • Business Energy Audit Grants, each valued at $1,000.

Applicants may apply for one or both of the grants on offer.

To learn more about the Small Business Grants and Business Energy Audits available, please read the following guidelines.


Small Business Grants Pilot Program Guidelines

Business Energy Audit Grant Guidelines 

Application queries

For more information or for a free pre-application consultation, contact the Economic Development Team on 9433 7763 or email


Applications open Monday 1 July 2019 from 9am
Applications close Friday 30 August 2019 at 11:59PM
Assessment period September to October 2019
Notification to applicants Early November
Business networking event Wednesday 20 November 2019
Project completion Thursday 30 April 2020


To be eligible to receive a Small Business Grant or a Business Energy Audit Grant, applicants must:

  • Own a business or propose to start up a small business within the Banyule municipal boundary.
  • Hold a valid Australian Business Number (ABN).
  • Employ 20 or fewer staff or maximum turnover of $2 million as per the Australian Tax Office and Australian Bureau of Statistics definitions of a small business.
  • Have all appropriate insurances, licences and permits.
  • Demonstrate intellectual property for your product and/ or service.
  • Have a commercial lease agreement within Banyule with a minimum of one year remaining or operate a business from home within Banyule.
  • Have not had a business initiative previously funded by Banyule Council, and
  • Agree to participate in media opportunities relating to Banyule Council’s Business Grant Program and attend the business networking event as a guest at the conclusion of the program.

How to apply

Before applying it is important that you have read the relevant guidelines. To apply for a Banyule Business Grant or a Business Energy Audit Grant, visit

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