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City of Sydney Council – Village Business Grant Program
Program ID: 10313
This program aims to provide funds for initiatives and projects that revitalise and enhance local commercial and retail precincts, build capacity in business operators, strengthen local business networks, and enhance diversity and the local area’s character.

Through initiatives that encourage and stimulate local business and economic activity, the program will help build strong and sustainable local economies and create employment opportunities in local areas.

The objectives of the program are to:
- Increase numbers of local businesses leading and participating in the strategic planning and development of their local areas.
- Increase footfall and business patronage associated with events, activities and campaigns.
- Share, promote and understand precinct brandings.
- Strengthen local business networks.
- Have viable and resilient local precincts.

Funding of up to $80,000 is available for across the eligible projects and activities per annum. Within the $80,000, applicants can apply for a maximum of $50,000 for project management/administration costs to implement activities from one or more categories of eligible projects.

This program is open to multi-year applications for up to two years. Only applications that demonstrate clear program outcomes and measures will be considered for multi-year support. Second year funding will depend on applicants fulfilling the first year’s reporting requirements.

The 2016 funding rounds are:
- Round 1: Opened 27 January and closed 7 March, 5pm
- Round 2: Opened 1 August and closed 5 September, 5pm

Applicants are required to meet with city staff before submitting an application.
Who Can Apply
Eligible applicants must:
- Operate within the local government area or able to demonstrate benefits for the city’s residents, businesses, workers and/or visitors.
- Be a not-for-profit organisation that demonstrates the following:
a) Strong representation of, engagement with and participation in the local business community in their precinct.
b) Strong support for, and commitment from, business in a precinct or industry sector for the project(s).
Eligible Activities
Eligible projects and activities include:
- Consumer facing marketing initiatives
a) Precinct destination website, social media activities and mobile applications.
b) Tactical marketing campaigns including public relations, media coverage and promotional collateral.
- Business capacity building
a) Themed seminars and workshops that provide local business operators with the opportunity to increase skills and knowledge.
b) Networking opportunities for local businesses to expand relevant local connections and interact with business or industry leaders.
c) Development of tailored resources and/or tools for local businesses and targeted industry sectors.
- Activities that leverage events
a) Collective business promotions, events and campaigns
Main Assessment Criteria
The main assessment criteria include whether the applicants are able to fulfill the program's priorities and desired outcomes. The following will also be considered:
- Demonstrated knowledge of the business sector and/or industry profiles within the village precinct.
- Demonstrated capacity and expertise to deliver the proposed project.
- Evidence the group or project is representative of the local business community or industry sectors.
- Contribution to strengthened capacity, knowledge and skills of local businesses and/or industry sectors.
- A realistic budget with sufficient contribution from the applicant and/or project partners.
- Demonstrated need for the project ensuring it does not duplicate existing services, resources and initiatives.
- Indication of measures for the project to be self-sustaining beyond the funding period.
- Supporting documentation.
Applies to
GuidelinesJune 2017
Grants and Sponsorship PolicyJune 2017
RecipientsJune 2017
Use these documents as a guide only - always get the latest direct from the Administrator
Status Pending
Start Application 18 July 2016
Opening Date 1 August 2016
Closing Date 5 September 2016
Closing Information
This program is currently under review. Please check website for the latest updates.
Funding Type Grant
Maximum Funding $80,000
Requires Co-contribution? Yes
Competitive Yes
Location New South Wales
General - Non-Industry Specific
Environment and Sustainability
Start-up / Establishment
Training / Employment
Difficulty Rating
Program Administrator
City of Sydney Council
Telephone 02 9265 9333
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