COVID-19 Grants For Small Businesses To Go Digital

COVID-19 Grants For Melbourne Small Businesses To Go Digital
Sophie Winter

Are you a small business owner living in the city of Melbourne? If so, you might be eligible for up to $5000 in funding from the Australian Government. Keep reading to find out more.

The COVID-19 pandemic, following straight on from Australia’s worst bushfire season in history has caused uncertainty for a lot of small businesses. However, the federal and state governments, as well as individual city councils are gradually providing more support for those in need.

2020 Quick Response Business Grants

Most recently, The City of Melbourne announced they would be giving out up to five million dollars in grants to small business owners who have been affected by COVID-19. The money is to be used to take their business online, in effects to adapt to the restrictions imposed by the government.

Businesses can receive up to $5,000 each to invest in digital and e-commerce activities or $2,000 to invest in online training or development.


To meet the eligibility criteria for these grants, you must operate from one of the following suburbs:

  • Carlton
  • Docklands
  • East Melbourne
  • Kensington
  • Flemington
  • North Melbourne
  • Parkville
  • Port Melbourne
  • Southbank
  • South Yarra West
  • West Melbourne
  • Melbourne

You must also:

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • be a small to medium-sized business (employ fewer than 50 full-time equivalent employees at the time of application, or up to 75 staff for hospitality and tourism sectors)
  • be a small to medium-sized non-profit organisation (employ fewer than 50 full-time equivalent employees at the time of application)
  • be able to demonstrate how the grant will help support your business or non-profit organisation in response to the impact of COVID-19.

That’s it!

To apply for the grant, click here.

Need help getting your services online?

If you don’t have a digital strategy in mind or don’t quite have the know-how to get it done, I can help.

Starting From Scratch – Website Design
If your small business doesn’t have an online presence at all, I can work with you on creating a beautiful, simple website design that will convert customers and will cost no more than the grant money.

Upping the ante – SEO, e-Marketing & Socials
Already have a website you’re happy with? I can help by creating a digital strategy that includes SEO to get you ranking higher in Google, email marketing to deliver specials or news to your customers quickly and social media posts to draw in new audience members.

Send me an email with where you’re at and I will provide you with a PDF quote which you can attach with your application.

Good luck!

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