Support for business

Funding expands to build local business capacity and capability

Cash grants of up to $50,000 are being offered for projects that support business sector development and local economies.

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The new business sector support grants program aims to attract a wider range of projects.

The City of Sydney program has been revised to specifically target not-for-profits, local business chambers, industry, sector and precinct-based associations and member organisations with an economic focus.

It has a stronger focus on innovation, technology, diversity and precinct marketing.

“The great thing about these grants is we won’t just be supporting one off events or programs, we’ll be bringing local businesses together to build the relationships and skills necessary to deliver community benefit repeatedly, well into the future," Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.

Applicants can apply for cash funding from $10,000 to $50,000 per year up to 3 years, as well as value-in-kind support towards street banners and venue hire, and up to $5,000 towards capital expenditure or equipment purchase.

The next grant round opens 7 February. Sign up to our grants newsletter to be notified on upcoming grant opportunities.

What we are looking for

Grant applicants must operate within our local area or be able to demonstrate significant benefits for the area’s residents, workers or visitors.

For the business sector support grant, we are looking for projects that:

  • support local businesses to adapt to new technologies, explore alternative business models and increase accessibility
  • upskill local businesses and entrepreneurs to meet the needs of a more innovative economy
  • build the skills and capacity of our diverse communities to increase economic participation
  • advocate on key industry and sector issues on behalf of local businesses
  • deliver collaborative marketing to activate local precincts and promote unique experiences across the city.

Organisations that support Aboriginal and Torres and Strait Islander communities and culture, including Aboriginal community-controlled organisations and networks, are encouraged to apply.

Grant applications will be assessed against a range of criteria including evidence of the need for the project and proposed outcomes, capacity and experience of the applicant, and evidence of diversity, inclusion and equity in the planning and delivery of the project.

Find out more about the new grant program and the City of Sydney’s business support funding.

Published 23 January 2023, updated 29 February 2024