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Small Business Grant

Support small business and offer the opportunity to adapt and innovate to assist in increasing their capability to strengthen their economic recovery in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Funding available: $10,000


  •  Must have a relevant 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%
  • Must use an Australian based supplier (preferably in the Georges River Local Governement Area) – wherever possible
  • Spend the money by no later than 31st December 2020
  • Must register your business on Georges River Business directory
  • Use the hashtag #DiscoverGeorgesRiver in all promotional material
  • Must have no outstanding accounts with Council
Examples of eligible grant expenditure:

All spend can be committed to a single item or combination of any of the following:
  •  Help build a new website or revitalise an existing website
  •  Develop an online catalogue or sale capability
  •  Purchase of specific and dedicated software (not hardware) to improve online capability
  • Develop an online ordering system and/or service for your product/service
  • Purchase resources and or equipment that allow business to either expand the current operations or diversify a business offering.
  • Must use an Australian based supplier (preferably in the Georges River Local Government Area)
  • Spend the money by no later than 31st December 2020
  • Must register your business on the Georges River Business directory at
  • Use the hashtag #DiscoverGeorgesRiver in all promotional material

Examples of Ineligible grant expenditure                        
  • Core daily and ongoing operational activities and the payment of already salaried staff,
  • Utilise funds to employ new staff
  • Activities that have already been undertaken and paid for,
  •  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       
  • 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
  • This may include 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 you 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 or a short video
  •  Featuring promotional material on the Georges River Website and on the Georges River Business Directory website
  •  Print material including Council's  Community Magazine and a 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 21 September 2021

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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