Business Improvement District (BID) Grant Program

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Maribyrnong City Council's Business Improvement District (BID) grant program is designed to support our local business community and foster continuous improvement for businesses across our city. 

Learn more and view a series of short videos on the projects delivered by the 2020/21 BID Grant Program.

Following a review of the program in June 2021 and after endorsement by the Enterprise Maribyrnong Delegated Committee, for the 2021/22 financial year there will be two types of funding made available.  The Trader Associations BID Grant Funding and the Business Elevate Program Funding.


Trader Associations BID Grant Funding

Important Dates:

  • Collective Trader Associations Workshop – Tuesday 28 September 2021
  • Individual Trader Association Workshops – October 2021 (various dates)

This financial year Maribyrnong City Council will be supporting ALL the registered trader associations with a distribution of grant funding, to support trader associations with the development and delivery of their marketing initiatives.  All registered trader associations have been contacted and invited to partake in the program.

Grant funding will be distributed based on the size of the trader association and other defined criteria for assessment of the amount distributed.  Up to $100,000 will be distributed amongst the trader associations this financial year.

Business Elevate Program Funding

This financial year Maribyrnong City Council has refreshed the BID Grants program and introduced a new initiative called the Business Elevate Program. The premise of this new program is to encourage business to business (B2B) interaction, transactions and support within the City of Maribyrnong.

A total pool of $70,000 will be available for the Business Elevate Program which will be distributed via 35 vouchers valued at $2000 each.  The program will have a selection of local businesses who are located (and registered) in Maribyrnong apply to become “preferred suppliers” to provide their services to other local businesses who need support in order to grow and “elevate” their businesses to the next level.


Business Elevate Program – Applications for Expressions of Interest for Preferred Supplier Businesses

Important Dates:

STAGE 1 - Expressions of Interests for “Preferred Supplier Business”

  • Opens for application – Monday 4 October 2021 at 9am
  • Closes for application – Friday 29 October at 5pm

The first stage is a call for Expressions of Interest (EOI) from local businesses who are interested in becoming a “Preferred Supplier” as part of the Business Elevate Program.  Local businesses within 12 defined categories will be asked to provide a description of the products/services which they are able to provide (valued at up to $2,000*).  After undergoing a selection process, up to 5 businesses per category will be selected to participate in the Business Elevate Program (these will be listed on the Maribyrnong Localised platform >>> https://maribyrnong.localised.com.au/ .  A maximum of up to 60 businesses will be selected.

The target business categories for this EOI Process are:

1. Accounting/Bookkeeping
2. Business Coaching/Business Consulting
3. Copywriting/Public Relations
4. Digital Marketing/SEO
5. Graphic Design/Visual Merchandising
6. Human Resources/Recruitment
7. Legal/Intellectual Property
8. Marketing Consulting/Advertising
9. Photography
10. Printing/Signage
11. Videography

12. Web Design/Mobile App Development 

Applications for Expressions of Interest to become a Business Elevate Program Preferred Supplier will be communicated via the Maribyrnong City Council Business Bulletin, website and social media, and will be processed via the Smarty Grants online applications platform.

Download a PDF copy of the program guidelines(PDF, 1MB) 

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Business Elevate Program – Applications for Small Business Owners

Important Dates:

STAGE 2 - Applications for $2,000 Vouchers – Small Business Owners

  • Opens for application – Monday 29 November 2021 at 9am
  • Closes for application – Friday 14 January 2022 at 5pm

The second stage is to call for Small Business Owners located within Maribyrnong to apply for a voucher to receive services from the nominated Business Elevate Program - Preferred Suppliers.  A total of 35 local businesses will be awarded a $2,000 voucher and be matched with their preferred supplier, once they nominate which business from the “preferred supplier list” that they would like to work with. 

As this is the first time the Business Elevate Program is being introduced, Small Business Owners will be awarded their vouchers on a first in best dressed basis.  Therefore the speed of application will be very important.  The first 35 eligible businesses that meet all the relevant assessment criteria, will be considered as final and the application process will close. No further businesses will be considered, as the number of $2,000 vouchers is capped at 35 business recipients.

It is advisable that business owners looking to apply for a voucher should carefully consider what their business needs right now in order to grow or evolve, and select the preferred supplier they would like to work with accordingly.

Applications for Small Business Owners to receive a Business Elevate Program $2,000 Voucher will be communicated via the Maribyrnong City Council Business Bulletin, website and social media, and will be processed via the Smarty Grants online applications platform.

*Note:  Vouchers will be for $2,000+GST where the recipient is registered for GST

NOTE: Application link and Guidelines to be published after October 2021


More information

For further information about the BID grant program, contact Council’s Economic Development & Smart Cities team by phoning 9688 0200 or send us an email to business@maribyrnong.vic.gov.au