Small Business Grant Pilot Program

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 was launched in 2019 with the aim to provide financial assistance to help businesses lead innovation, invest in their business, build vibrant business precincts and contribute to a thriving sustainable business culture in Banyule.

Banyule Council welcomed 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.

Banyule Council received 20 applications and awarded seven business owners with a grant of up to $5,000 each. 

our recipients in 2019 are:

Coral Candy and Erin Milburn, Ink Laser Tattoo Removal

Ink Anxiety located in the Rosanna Village was established in 2017 by founder Erin Milburn. Proudly family-owned and operated, Ink Anxiety specializes in tattoo removal and fractional laser resurfacing using gold standard technology and equipment. Ink Anxiety offers free removal of radiation marker tattoos to all cancer survivors. As a recipient of a small business grant, Erin will be delivering a two day fundraising event called ‘ZAP YOU Cancer’ in 2020. The event will raise awareness about their free tattoo removal service by providing that service to new clients. The event also aims to bring cancer survivors together and promote the importance of regular health checks. The event aims to raise money for the Cancer Council Victoria whilst collaborating with local businesses in Banyule.

The grant was awarded to deliver ‘ZAP YOU Cancer’, a two day fundraising event  

The Panel determined that the proposed event and collaborations with local businesses will go far in creating a positive, community environment and building a vibrant precinct.

Peter Barlow, Image Digital Australia

Peter Barlow is the founder of Image Digital Australia which offers promotional branded products for businesses. Peter is now focusing on business expansion and offering a new way for businesses and brands to launch through the development of a new website. This new platform will allow local designers and textile design students to submit their designs for apparel manufacturing and custom designed fabric printing, increasing local employment opportunities through growth and the return of local manufacturing.

The grant awarded for the development of a new website that will create a platform to launch new brands and businesses

The Panel commended the collaboration opportunities with local designers and textile design students, and the opportunities that the portal will create to assist with business startups. 

Amanda Kranz, The Dyslexia Hub

The Dyslexia Hub was established by Amanda Kranz in October 2018 in Greensborough’s Main Street. It arose out of a need for a more collaborative approach to supporting kids with learning and attention difficulties. With a team of eight specialist teachers including speech pathologists and psychologists, the goal was to create a space in the local community dedicated to empowerment, resource sharing and the promotion of evidence based practice. They have certainly reached their goal. Since their launch, the demand for services has been overwhelming with bookings made months in advance.

The business sought a small business grant to expand their services by offering a library of decodable books. No other library of its kind exists in Melbourne.

The grant was awarded for the purchase of decodable books and storage

The proposed project demonstrates innovation and provides a tangible public benefit to the residents of Banyule and beyond. They commended the project’s membership model and affordability.

Gianna Lucas

Gianna Lucas is an educator, motivational and keynote speaker and life coach for young women and girls. Gianna helps girls reach their potential through empowering workshops, talks, coaching programs, blogs and her own podcast, Promenade with Me.  Gianna is often asked to speak at events, schools and organizations across Australia, in most cases sharing her own inspirational story. As a recipient of a small business grant, Gianna will be delivering a youth conference mid 2020 in Ivanhoe which aims to bring together young women and girls who are looking for empowerment. The event will also showcase local businesses in a vibrant precinct.

The grant was awarded to deliver an event to empower young females whilst showcasing local business offerings.

The Panel commended the collaboration opportunities with local businesses and the benefit to the Banyule community, particularly to young women and girls.

Sophia Rotar, The Ode Wardrobe

Sophia Rotar is the founder of Start Up ‘The Ode Wardrobe’. Sophia has extensive experience producing bridal contour for high end fashion houses. She is now ready to take the next leap, focusing on producing a bridal collection of 15 garments to launch her business next year.  The collection will be made from recycled and sustainable materials such as rose petals, orange pith and PET recycled plastics, with an emphasis on producing pieces that can be repurposed.

The grant was awarded for the purchase of recycled fabrics to develop a collection of bridal couture.

The Panel concluded that the proposed project demonstrates innovation and sustainable business practices. 

Thanh Nguyen, The Pure Green Fairy

Thanh Nguyen is the founder of The Pure Green Fairy, a home based residential cleaning service that uses environmentally friendly products. The business launched in late December 2018 and through word of mouth has grown significantly. Thanh now employs four staff from different backgrounds whilst juggling her own busy family life.  All products are non toxic and plant based. All equipment is second hand, repaired or repurposed saving them from landfill.

The Grant was awarded for the purchase of eco-friendly products which will allow the employment of additional staff.

The Panel determined that the proposed project demonstrates sustainable business practices and has the potential to create employment opportunities. They also felt that the business has a huge potential to ramp up and grow.

Molly Cochrane, Leni Swims

Molly Cochrane is the co-founder of Leni Swims, an online swimwear store specializing in custom sustainable, handmade swimwear.

A home based business in Banyule, Leni Swims sources environmentally friendly fabrics such as fishnets, carpets, textiles and plastic bottles that were destined for waterways and landfill. She is now looking to scale up her business and expand into retail stores across Melbourne.

The grant was awarded for the purchase of sewing equipment.

The Panel concluded that the proposed project demonstrates sustainable business practices, innovation and has the potential to create employment opportunities.

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