Business Innovation and Growth

Overview

The Business and Innovation grants provide financial support to develop businesses and grow employment within Murrindindi Shire.

There are two levels of Business and Innovation Grants:

  • Business Growth or Establishment
  • Industry or Economy Growth

Read the Program Guidelines to check if you are eligible to apply

Murrindindi Shire Council Grants and Contributions Program Guidelines 2020-2021 (Word)(DOCX, 8MB)

Murrindindi Shire Council Grants and Contributions Program Guidelines 2020-2021 (PDF)(PDF, 2MB)

Information sessions

Are you interested in applying for a grant through Council's Grants and Contributions Program? If the answer is yes, you can book into an information session where you will:

  • learn more about Council's Grants and Contributions Program
  • learn tips and techniques on how to write a competitive grant application
  • talk to Council officers about your grant ideas and next steps

 Click here for more information or to register.

Questions?

If you have any questions, please call Council on (03) 5772 0333.

Grant Success Stories

Grants bring in new funding that gives businesses the opportunity to grow.

As recipient's of the Business Growth and Establishment Grant, Bonfire Station Brewing Co. were able to purchase new equipment, start a canning line and establish the brewery as a proper commercial enterprise. Want to hear more about Bonfire Station's experience through the program? Watch the video below:

Have you got a project, event or activity that you think will contribute to community wellbeing, increased visitation and economic development for Murrindindi Shire? Get in touch with Council on (03) 5772 0333 to learn about the various grants that are available. 

Business Growth or Establishment 

This category provides support to new and established businesses to assist with projects or activities which will allow a business to start or grow.

Applications close at 4pm, on the last Wednesday of every month.

Applications are assessed the following month.

Typical projects

Projects or activities that support a business to grow or establish, such as:

  • development of business plans and marketing plans
  • industry level training to fill training/skill gaps
  • specialist equipment/skills
  • new plant/equipment
  • investment in new technology
  • new and innovative business ideas
  • pop-up businesses in niche markets

Expected outcomes

Projects are expected to deliver one or more of the following outcomes:

  • enhance business capacity to plan, operate and grow
  • increase productivity or make production more efficient
  • expand existing product/service offer
  • fill a local product or service gap
  • provide a wider range of employment options and business types (diversity)
  • grow employment within Murrindindi Shire
  • grow number of viable businesses within Murrindindi Shire
  • develop more environmentally sustainable businesses

Read the Program Guidelines to check if you are eligible to apply

Murrindindi Shire Council Grants and Contributions Program Guidelines 2020-2021 (Word)(DOCX, 8MB)

Murrindindi Shire Council Grants and Contributions Program Guidelines 2020-2021 (PDF)(PDF, 2MB)

Click here to apply

Supporting Documents

The following templates are provided as examples you may use to prepare your application. You are not required to use them.

Project Plan Template - Example A(DOCX, 40KB)

Project Plan Template - Example B(DOCX, 29KB)

In Kind Template(XLSX, 13KB)

Industry or Economy Growth

This category provides support to assist with projects or activities which will allow a business, group of businesses or industry sector to grow in either value or numbers of employment.

Applications close at 4pm, on the last Wednesday of every month.

Applications are assessed the following month.

Typical projects

Projects or activities that support businesses and industry sectors to grow, such as:

  • industry wide training and skill development programs
  • new and specialist plant/equipment
  • investment in new/leading edge technology
  • improved infrastructure (eg power and water upgrades, irrigation infrastructure, roads and telecommunications)
  • new and innovative business ideas impacting the industry sector
  • feasibility studies

Expected outcomes

Projects are expected to deliver one or more of the following outcomes:

  • growth of the local economy or industry sectors in terms of value of production
  • growth in employment
  • increased investment in the local economy
  • diversified employment opportunities and business types
  • expanded employment and skills base

Read the Program Guidelines to check if you are eligible to apply

Murrindindi Shire Council Grants and Contributions Program Guidelines 2020-2021 (Word)(DOCX, 8MB)

Murrindindi Shire Council Grants and Contributions Program Guidelines 2020-2021 (PDF)(PDF, 2MB)

Click here to apply

Supporting Documents

The following templates are provided as examples you may use to prepare your application. You are not required to use them.

Project Plan Template - Example A(DOCX, 40KB)

Project Plan Template - Example B(DOCX, 29KB)

In Kind Template(XLSX, 13KB)