Pandemic Recovery for Whitehorse Businesses

Whitehorse News - January 2021

As part of Council’s COVID recovery package, Whitehorse businesses are invited to apply for grant funding to assist with innovative projects, operating in a COVIDSafe environment or promoting their business.

Round 2 applications open Monday 8 February and close Friday 19 February.

There will be two funding streams available. Businesses may apply for one stream only.

Stream 1: Innovation ($5000 to $10,000)

Businesses need to demonstrate how the costs associated with their innovation project will benefit the local community and their business. Businesses applying for stream one need to discuss their proposed project with grant officers before lodging their application. A project plan and supporting documentation is required.

Stream 2: Support ($1000 to $3000)

Businesses need to identify the costs associated with supporting them to continue operating in a COVIDSafe environment and help with marketing.

Online information sessions will be held in January and February to help businesses with the SmartyGrants program and to go through the grant criteria and guidelines.

Businesses are also strongly encouraged to attend a grant writing workshop presented by Debby Maziarz. Debby is an experienced presenter who has worked with the business community on how to write competitive grant applications. This workshop aims to:

  • provide practical, useful and transferable information about how to approach grant writing;
  • encourage you to explore project ideas and clarify point of difference; and
  • provide practical, useful and transferable information about developing budgets for grant applications.

SmartyGrants online workshop details

Businesses must register via the website by 5pm Friday 5 February and read the guidelines. It is expected all businesses attending will have registered with the SmartyGrants platform before attending the workshop.

  • Workshop one: 9.30am
    Wednesday 10 February
  • Workshop two: 6.30pm
    Wednesday 10 February