COVID-19 Community and Business Development Grants

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Moreland City Council is providing $300,000 in grants to help local businesses impacted adversely by the economic implications of COVID-19.

  • $250,000 total funding pool is available for small scale projects and initiatives to boost your business opportunities during COVID-19
  • $50,000 total funding pool is available for business accessibility improvements

These grants are part of Council’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its Boost for Business package. The grants have been developed to assist businesses to invest in projects to stay viable through the current COVID-19 environment and emerge stronger through the recovery phase.

The projects could fund marketing or online initiatives, purchase of e-commerce tools, service and product development or other small-scale projects.

Key dates

  • Applications open 15 July 2020 at 9am
  • Applications close 9 August 2020 at 11.59pm
  • Funding will be distributed from 3 September
  • Successful applicants’ proposed activity should be completed by 31 December 202

Who can apply?

The grants are open to small businesses operating in the City of Moreland. Applications must provide the following to be eligible:

  • Have an Australian Business Number (ABN);
  • Be registered in the City of Moreland or you must be able to provide proof of being based and operating in the City of Moreland;
  • Have public liability insurance cover for $5m that provides appropriate coverage for the proposed activities

Grants could be used for:

  • Costs associated with online and e-commerce activities  - these costs may include the purchase of information technology hardware, software, website design (development or redevelopment); e-commerce platform development or improvements (selling online and receiving payments); online content development (e.g. web pages, plugins, mobile apps).

  • Costs associated with investment in alternative service delivery models or improvements - these costs could include purchase of equipment or consultancy advice.

  • Costs associated with investment in new communications, media and marketing initiatives. These costs may include, for example, digital marketing, promotion, audio or visual media.

  • Cost associated with other projects that you can demonstrate align with funding priorities. 

How do I apply?

Applications are made online by completing a form through SmartyGrants. To successfully submit an application, you must ensure all relevant sections of the application form are completed and attachments are included.

1. Read the ‘COVID-19 Community and Business Development Grant Guidelines’ and familiarise yourself with the COVID-19 Community and Business Development Grant questions 
2. Check your eligibility. 
3. Seek quotes for your proposal.
4. Access the application online at Moreland Smartygrant
6. Complete the online application and attach all supporting documentation (e.g. Project Plan, quotes)
7. Submit your application online by the due date.

Supporting Documents

1. COVID-19 Community and Business Development Grant Guidelines (PDF 846Kb)
COVID-19 Community and Business Development Grant Project Plan Example (DOC 36Kb)

Grant writing workshop

Business Moreland is providing a ‘’How To Write a Business Grant’ webinar for businesses who would like to learn how to write effective grant applications.

Date: 21 July 2020
Time: 10:00am – 12:30pm 
Register your place

More information

Council officers cannot provide advice on project ideas, costs etc.|

Requests that relate to funding guidelines, dates, etc must be in writing. All requests must be emailed to The subject of the email must be: ‘URGENT REQUEST FOR INFORMATION – COVID-19 Community and Business Development Grants

For any general questions call the Business Hotline on 03 8311 4131

For technical support contact the SmartyGrants support desk 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday on 03 9320 6888 or by email