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Business grants

A number of grants and resources are available to assist local businesses.

Community Grants

The City of Whittlesea’s Community Grants are available all year round. The grants are available to people in the City of Whittlesea to support local programs, events, projects and initiatives. For more details, visit City of Whittlesea Community Grants Program webpage. 

Business Grants

A number of grants and resources are available to assist local businesses.

Business Relocations and Growth Program Grants

The Business Relocation and Growth Program is aimed at supporting both existing businesses and those wanting to relocate to the City of Whittlesea’s commercial and industrial precincts. The primary objective is to increase employment for our residents in our preferred target industries.

Applicants can apply for funding under one of the following grant categories -

  • Business expansion, 
  • Capital investment, or
  • Relocation or expansion to the City of Whittlesea.

The funding offered must be matched dollar-for-dollar by the business and will only be paid 12 months after the funding has been awarded and on meeting key milestones. Applications open on 1 January 2024 and close on 30 June 2025.



Shopfront Improvement Grants – round 2

The Shopfront Improvement Program (SIP) has been established to assist business owners with the cost of upgrading the look, vibrancy, and attractiveness of retail shop fronts and to encourage activation and engagement through a Council co-contribution, dollar-for-dollar project funding contribution with a maximum Council contribution of $2,000 ($4,000 project cost).

What can be funded

  • External works such as repairs or upgrades to the facade
  • Painting the façade
  • Replacement or new signage
  • Murals on the property facade
  • Installation of new or upgrade of existing external lighting
  • Upgrade or replacement of fixed awnings
  • Accessibility access making doors automatic and installing a ramp
  • Decluttering of facades, signage, and window displays

Business owners in the City of Whittlesea are invited to submit an application for a co-contribution funding program through Council’s Shopfront Improvement Program to upgrade their shopfronts.

  • Applications can be made by individual business owners of small, local retail stores in local retail activity centres. 
  • Retail stores eligible, are those that are individually owned and operated, selling or providing goods and services directly to the consumer from a retail shopfront. 

Key Dates


Shopfront Improvement Pilot Program

Applications open and close dates

2 November 2023 to 28 February 2024


1 March 2024 to 29 March 2024

Works to be completed by

31 May 2024

Acquittals due

7 June 2024

Payments made by

30 June 2024




Federal and State Government grants

You can access incentives to help with research and development, support for small business, tax concessions and assistance for industries in transition through the Australian Government's Business website and the Business Victoria website.




You can get help with turning new ideas, inventions and innovations into viable products and businesses through the not-for-profit organisation, INNOVIC. For more information, visit the INNOVIC website.

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