Small Business Grants
Frankston City Council runs an annual small business grants program.
Businesses can apply for up to $15,000, to be spent on business growth ventures. Grant recipients will also receive all of the Build Your Business products featured in this booklet.
There are five categories of Small Business Grants:
- Home-Based Graduation (home-based businesses in Frankston City looking to move into commercial premises)
- Start-ups (any new business located in Frankston City)
- Relocating (from outside the region into Frankston City)
- Green Business (located in Frankston City)
- Emerging Exporter (located in Frankston City)
Key criteria for prospective applicants:
- Businesses must submit a grant application no more than two months either side of entering a commercial tenancy agreement within the Frankston City boundaries
- Evidence of, or access to, financial capital
- A registered and active Australian Business Number (ABN)
- Demonstrate innovation, a unique point-of-difference and business sustainability
- Demonstrate your capability to create employment in Frankston City
The full Small Business Grant Guidelines and application forms are available at Small Business Grants Program along with information about when the application window opens for submissions.
Join the Small Business Grants mailing list to be notified when the application round opens for 2014, email your details to:
*The 2016 program is subject to Council approval
2015/16 Grant Recipients
Congratulations to the successful grant recipients for 2015-2016, including:
- ABM Combustion (Green Business category) Recipient of a $10,000 grant
A Carrum Downs based business that create custom designed methane and gas compression products, that converts methane into carbon dioxide, reducing environmental impact by 21 times.The business will use the grant to develop a product offering a complete turn-key biogas system for the red meat processing industry.
- Barton Engineering (Emerging Exporter category)Recipients of a $15,000 grantA family-owned and operated engineering business that is transitioning away from automotive component manufacturing to produce fly fishing reels and products.The business will use the grant to purchase key pieces of equipment that will automate the production process, improve efficiency and expand the business. The company is ready to take on new staff as part of this grant.
- Lisa’s Lacies (Emerging Exporter category) Recipients of a $10,000 grantThis Seaford based business is Australia’s only specialist retailer and manufacturer ofLingerie and accessories marketed to curvy women to size 40+, C cup and above.
Successfully operating for more than 20 years, Lisa’s Lacies aims to employ more people as it expands its overseas presence.
The business will use the grant to help expand their business in the US market, through marketing activities, sales meetings and product samples.
- Vertical Matters (Emerging Exporter category)Recipients of a $10,000 grantThis technology and consulting company has developed a revolutionary application that helps move business from paper to ‘glass’. The company helps businesses in the industrial sector to capture data in the field and run projects using cloud technology.Their flagship product is called ‘Mobile Quality Management System’, which is used by companies in the civil, construction, facilities maintenance, trades and traffic management industries. The Frankston based business will use the grant to help move into the US market.
The business will use the funds to develop a mobile web application that integrates with Xero, enabling them to capture market share amongst small and medium enterprises.
- Southside Social (Start-up category) Recipients of a $15,000 grant
This new business aims to fill a gap in the hospitality market offering a point-of- difference to the burger and beverage concept by sourcing local produce, wine and beer. The business location at 433 Nepean Highway, Frankston, leverages the recent opening of South East Water in Frankston’s city centre. The business’ directors have operated similar venues around Melbourne.Southside Social’s fit-out is truly unique, with fine graffiti art and the grant helped build a deck area at the front of the restaurant, with bi-fold doors, landscaping and signage.