The City of Casey is pleased to launch the 'Backing Business in Casey Business Grants Program' to support local business through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
This program is part of Council's Backing Business in Casey Support Package. Eligible businesses can apply for a share of a $200,000 grant through one of five funding streams.
Successful applicants will also be matched with an expert mentor from our local business community for up to three free mentoring sessions. The sessions, valued at $450, will provide guidance to complement the grant and ensure recipients can leverage their funding to deliver projects and activities to their greatest potential and are best placed for long-term and sustainable recovery.
Name: Backing Business in Casey Business Grants Program
Opening date: Apply via this page from 1 September 2020
Closing date: 30 November 2020 (Applications will be accepted until this date unless all funding is allocated before the closing date)
Funding streams: Funding will be provided in one of five funding streams. Businesses may apply for one stream only
- Stream 1 – between $1000 to $5000
- Stream 2 – between $1000 to $4000
- Stream 3, 4 and 5 – between $500 to $2,000
Before submitting your grant application, Council encourages you to watch the Backing Business in Casey Grant Workshop and Information Session. This session provides tailored advice on ensuring your application has the best chance of success.
Here are also some handy tips on how to submit a successful application via the Casey Cardinia Facebook site.
Purpose of this grant
This grant supports local businesses directly impacted by COVID-19. The grant provides funding for the creation of innovative projects and activities that will boost long term business and economic recovery.
- Provide catalyst funding to local businesses who have been directly and severely impacted by COVID-19
- Support innovative short and medium-term projects and activities that boost long-term economic recovery
- Provide an opportunity for local businesses who have been ineligible for other grant programs
- Ensure the funding is well utilised through the support of an expert mentor
- Stimulate local economic activity by encouraging the use of local suppliers.
What we can fund
The Business Grants program is designed to provide funding to support local businesses in long term economic recovery. Eligible businesses can apply through one of five funding streams:
Funding Stream 1: Digital Infrastructure
Grants between $1,000 to $5,000 are available to support costs associated with digital and eCommerce activity including website development, app development, eCommerce platforms, food platforms.
Funding Stream 2: Business Continuity Planning and Workforce Capability
Grants between $1000 to $4000 are available to support businesses for costs associated with continuity planning. This includes financial, legal and other professional advice; professional development and upskilling staff; increasing workforce capabilities such as online webinars, training courses, accredited training and in house training for staff.
Funding Stream 3: Physical Infrastructure and Equipment
Grants between $500 to $2000 are available to support businesses for costs associated with physical infrastructure and equipment. This includes barriers, temporary structures, hardware and shop fittings. To be eligible, applicants must be able to demonstrate how the structures will support the business in its long term economic recovery efforts.
Funding Stream 4: Promotion
Grants between $500 to $2000 are available to support businesses for costs associated with marketing and promotional activities including advertising costs, digital marketing, printing, content development and brand awareness.
Funding Stream 5: Mental Health and Wellbeing
Grants between $500 to $2000 to support costs associated with support for mental health for yourself or your staff including professional support, online webinars or workshops, team workshops. Applications proposing day spa retreats and gym memberships will not be supported
What we cannot fund
- Projects and activities more suitable for funding by another level of government or agency
- Projects or activities that were completed before 1 September 2020
- Projects or activities delivered or held outside of the City of Casey
- Projects or activities for community groups, not for profit organisations or schools, university and TAFE
- Project or activities for businesses in administration
- Project or activities that do not have approved permits or necessary licences. We recommend applicants check with Council whether you need a permit to undertake the proposed activity or project
- Ongoing staff salaries or operating costs such as rates, rent, utilities, web hosting
- Projects or activities that do not adhere to COVID-19 restrictions imposed by the State or Federal Governments
- Personal protective equipment including gloves, hand sanitiser, cleaning supplies etc.
- Purchase of products and goods for sale.
- Projects or activities that are considered ‘business as usual’ for the business prior to COVID-19
- Projects or activities that cannot demonstrate a contribution to the long term viability of the business
- For stream five, proposals for retreats, day spa activities, gym memberships will not be accepted
- Applications for the same project cannot be made to multiple streams of funding.
- Multiple applications from one business. Only one application per business will be supported.
- Applicants must have an Australian Business Number (ABN) and hold relevant licences, permits and approvals to operate the business before 1 March 2020.
- Businesses must hold Public Liability Insurance ($5 million minimum)
- Businesses must be located within the City of Casey LGA.
- Businesses must be impacted by mandatory closures of premises, mandatory changes to their operations or can demonstrate a 30% reduction in income (provided through business activity statements or other appropriate documentation) as a result of COVID-19.
- Businesses must employ fewer than 10 full-time employees at the time of application. In exceptional circumstances, applications above this number of employees will be considered.
- Applications from self-employed and non-employing businesses will be accepted.
- We will not accept projects and activities from businesses that already receive funding or financial support through other State and Federal Government programs, with the exception of JobKeeper.
- Only projects and activities undertaken after 1 September 2020 will be accepted.
- Projects and activities must be completed by 30 June 2021.
- Applicants must have existing permit approvals needed to deliver the project or activity (e.g. planning permits)
- For all future works or services, businesses must provide a minimum of one quotation from another business based in the City of Casey or neighbouring municipality (unless it can be reasonably demonstrated that local suppliers and/or services are not available).
- Businesses must provide evidence of payment, supplier and completion of works for all retrospective activities. Local suppliers are preferred; however, applications will be accepted if it can be reasonably demonstrated that local suppliers and/or services are not available.
- Businesses may submit up to 2 separate applications for 2 different projects in this funding round, but we will only grant funding for one project. If one of your applications is successful, Council will work with you to determine which project is the higher priority.
- If an application is unsuccessful a business may not submit a second application for the same project or activity.
How we decide on successful grants
Applications will be assessed according to the following criteria:
- Criteria one: how well the proposed project or activity meets the grant objectives
- Criteria two: how well the business can demonstrate the viability of the proposed project or activity and its contribution towards the business’s recovery plan
- Criteria three: the potential for the proposed project or activity to support the broader City of Casey economy
- Criteria four: the capacity of the business to deliver the project as outlined and in accordance with relevant statutory and Council permit requirements.
- Criteria five: the opportunity for the proposed project or activity to be funded through an alternative State or Federal government funding program.
Conditions of funding
Successful applicants must adhere to the conditions as outlined in the City of Casey’s Grant Policy.
The following conditions also apply:
- Successful applicants are required to provide evidence of the organisation’s current Public Liability Insurance ($5 million preferred).
- Successful applicants will be required to enter into an agreement with the City of Casey, which details funding conditions. This must be signed and appropriate documentation provided before funds are issued.
- Successful applicants will be required to submit an acquittal form within 60 days of the completion of the project or activity or by 30 June each year (whichever is earlier). The acquittal form must include invoices and receipts for the funding approved and show how the grant helped support your business in response to the impact of COVID-19.
- If any information in an application is found to be false or misleading, or grants are not applied in accordance with the terms of the application form and guidelines, the grant will be repayable to the City of Casey.
If your application is successful
Once applications have been assessed, applicants will be notified of the outcome within approximately 10 business days.
Successful applicants will be matched with an expert mentor to deliver their proposed activity or project. Applicants will be provided details of their mentor when they receive confirmation of successful grant funding.
Applicants must provide Council with an invoice for payment of the grant funding. Payment will be made within 10 business days.
If your application is unsuccessful
Applicants will be notified within 10 business days.
Tell us how your grant was used
Grant recipients will be required to provide evidence that demonstrates how the grant helped support your business in response to the impacts of COVID-19 and how your project or activity contributed to broader economic activity in the City of Casey.
For more information
For enquiries please contact the Casey Business Helpline on (03) 9705 5200 and request to speak with an Economic Development Officer.