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Open for Business Grant

Support to market and communicate you are ‘Open for business’ 

Funding available: Up to $5,000


  •  Your business trading address must be located within the Georges River local government area (LGA).
  •  Must have a relevant and active ABN
  •  Must be registered for GST
  •  Your business has been trading for a period of not less than 12 months
  •  Annual turnover is between $100,000 - $10,000,000
  •  Must be able to provide supporting financial statements to demonstrate that your business has been impacted by COVID-19 by a minimum 30%
  •  All spend to be committed to marketing materials to promote the business
  • Must use an Australian supplier for the purpose of the grant funding, preferably in Georges River LGA
  •  One application per business
  • Grant funds to be spent by no later than 31 December 2020
  • Must register your business on the Georges River Business directory at
  • Use the hashtag #DiscoverGeorgesRiver in all promotional material
  • Must have no outstanding accounts with Council
Examples of eligible grant expenditure:       
  •    Professional photography
  •    Paid Social Media Ads and or campaigns
  •    Email marketing campaign
  •    In store point of sale (i.e. Posters, in-store leaflets, window dressings etc.)
  •   Printed Marketing Material – includes brochures, business cards, gift vouchers etc.
  •    Digital Marketing Material
 Examples of Ineligible grant expenditure            
  •   Core daily and ongoing operational activities and the payment of already salaried staff,
  •   Activities that have already been undertaken and paid for,
  •   Any use of funds not outlined in the grant
  •   Activities related to the sale or promotion of religious and political activities, alcohol, tobacco, drugs, pornography, and any illegal activity,
  •  Any activity where there is an actual or perceived conflict of interest, it is not in the public's interest, or if it is not in accordance with Council policies and procedures.
  • Supporting documentation required     
  • Copies of financial statements for the April to June quarter for 2019 and the April to June quarter for 2020
  • Copies of quotes from  the service relevant to the grant
Successful applicants should report back to Council at the end of the project with:
  •  An outline of what they have achieved;
  •  Some photos, video, media articles or other documentation of the  project;
  • A copy of all receipts for expenditure.
  •  All reports are due to Council by 31 March 2021

All applicants agree that if successful in attaining a Grant they may be selected by Council to promote the success of the George River Recovery Grants program. Promotional activities may include but not be limited to:
  •  Social media posts that may include photos and/or a short video
  •  Featuring promotional material on the Georges River Council’s website and on the Georges River Business Directory website
  •  Print material including Council's Community Magazine and press releases in local newspapers

Applications Open: Monday 10 August
Applications Close: Sunday 30 August at 11:59pm

Successful applicants will be notified the week commencing Monday 21 September 2020

Start your application here

For more information regarding the Open for Business grant please contact or call 9330 6400

Case Study
Rasha owns two cafes. One café is located in Carss Park and her other café is located in Bexley. Rasha wants to apply for an “Open for Business Grant” as her trade dropped by 40% for her café in Carss Park and 35% for her Café in Bexley.
Can Rasha apply for a Georges River Recovery Grant on behalf of both Cafes as one business?

No. Only businesses located in the Georges River area are eligible and therefore only the Carss Park Café is eligible for the “Open for Business Grant or the “Small Business Grant”.

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