Small Business Grants
Eligible small businesses in Frankston City can apply for grants of up to $15,000. The grants provide a boost to businesses that demonstrate potential to create employment and contribute to building a resilient, innovative local economy. Frankston City is one of the only councils in Australia to offer such incentives to small business.
Small Business Grants Application Guidelines
It is recommended that all prospective applicants read this document thoroughly.
Applications Open 9am on Monday 28 August 2017
The 2017 grant application window will be open for a period of six-weeks from 9am on Monday 28 August 2017 to 5pm Friday 6 October 2017.
Small Business Grants Information Sessions
Prospective applicants must attend one of the compulsory Small Business Grants Information Sessions. Bookings can be made online:
Online application forms will be made available in the coming months.
Seeking Expressions of Interest
Assessment Panel for Business Grants
Frankston City Council requires a number of highly skilled individuals to become members of an Independent Panel which will assess applications submitted for Council’s Small Business Grants Program.
Frankston City Council issues a limited number of business grants of up to $15,000 in a competitive merit-based program held annually. Program objectives include employment creation, building a resilient local economy, activating commercial precincts and shifting perceptions about the Frankston City municipality.
Panellists will be required to spend up to 15 hours assessing all grant applications and meet once to make a final determination on which applications to recommend to Council for support.
Panellists will be required to assess applications via Smarty Grants (individually) between Monday 16 October and Friday 27 October 2017. Panellists will then be required to convene as a group for half a day on Tuesday 31 October to make a final determination on grant recipients. Further details will be confirmed following the selection of the panel.
Skills required (one or more of the skills listed below):
- Business Finance
- Business Proprietorship
Panellists will be paid a set nominal fee for their involvement. Express interest in becoming a Panellist in writing by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Expressions close at 5pm on Friday 25 August 2017.
2016–2017 Small Business Grant Recipients
Home-based Graduation Grant $15,000: Cuvée Chocolates
Cuvée Chocolates specialises in crafting artisan chocolate that can be paired with wine. The business was established in 2014 and now directly distributes chocolate to 107 wineries, food grocers and boutique shops across Australia. Cuvée also supplies a wide range of food service providers, including 5 star hotels, restaurants and cafes.
They will use the grant to purchase a cool room for their new commercial premises in Seaford.
Start-up Grant $10,000: Geonbae
Geonbae is the first Korean barbecue restaurant in the Mornington Peninsula and Frankston region. The South Korean dining experience is centred around shared cooking and eating, with a focus on barbecuing various marinated meats on a gas grill that is built into the table.
Geonbae will use the grant to purchase kitchen appliances and equipment that is currently being leased.
Relocation Grant $10,000: Dainton Family Brewery
Dainton Family Brewery produces award-winning craft beer in kegs and cans that are sold wholesale to venues nationally. There is a tap-room that serves as a place for customers to taste beer and learn about the brewing process. The venue employs locals and plays a role in the local tourism industry.
Dainton will use the grant to purchase a fermentation tank to expand their operation.
Home-based Graduation Grant $12,500: Modern Visual
Modern Visual delivers robust and innovative digital marketing solutions to a broad range of clients. Services include web design and development, business branding, search engine optimisation, search engine marketing, web hosting and copywriting. These solutions have a clearly identifiable and tangible return on investment with robust measurables provided to every client.
They will use the grant funding to fit-out their new Seaford office, purchase equipment and recruit new staff.
Council’s Economic Development Unit has received a number of reports of private operators approaching businesses selling information about government business grants. This information is publically and freely available on both State and Federal Government business support websites.
Business Workshops and Coaching
Frankston City Council
30 Davey Street
PO Box 490
P. 1300 322 322
F. 03 9784 1094
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