New Grants

The City of Melbourne’s Small Business Grants program provides financial assistance to small businesses currently located or intending to locate in the municipality. Within the four categories, the export entry grants are focused on helping City of Melbourne-based companies to enter and expand into new overseas markets. They support export-ready small businesses looking to enter the international market for the first time as well as experienced exporters to expand into new markets.

Businesses are eligible to apply for a grant on a dollar-for-dollar basis of up to $10,000 for export initiatives. Businesses can apply under two sub-categories: New exporter where export turnover is less than five per cent of total annual dollar turnover; and there is an export strategy and demonstrated export readiness / capability. Current exporter where there is demonstrated export experience in one or more overseas market and the operator seeks to explore export opportunities in a new market or launch a new product in an existing market.

The next ground of grants commences on Monday 13 February and closes Tuesday 13 March 2012 
A general grants information session will be held on Monday 13 February at 5:30pm and will be held in the Supper Room, Level 3, Melbourne Town Hall, 90-120 Swanston Street. Additional lunchtime briefing sessions and business planning workshop will also take place.

If you wish to attend the information session or additional workshops and to gain further details on the criteria please click here. You can also email: smallbusinessgrants@melbourne.vic.gov.au and include your business name, business address and the number of people wishing to attend the session.

EXPORT ENTRY Grants – see link for more information 

http://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/enterprisemelbourne/BusinessSupport/grantssponsorship/grants/Pages/ExportEntry.aspx

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