Business Improvement District (BID) Grant Program

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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.

The BID Grant Program is delivered through two streams of funding for 2022/23:

  1. Business Elevate Program Funding.
  2. Trader Association BID Grant Funding.

Business Elevate Program Funding

The Business Elevate Program Funding is designed to support small businesses located in Maribyrnong, with a 50 x $2,000 voucher based program with a total value of $100,000.

Trader Association BID Grant Funding

The Trader Associations BID Grant Funding supports our local trader associations to deliver various project, programs, events and initiatives to a total value of up to $100,000.

Expand the panels below for more information.

Business Elevate Program Funding

The Business Elevate Program is back again for 2022/23! 

The Business Elevate Program is a Business-to-Business (B2B) voucher based program.  Small businesses within Maribyrnong City will be able to apply for $2,000 vouchers (from a total pool of $100,000) to help “elevate” their business.  Voucher recipients will be able to redeem their voucher from a selection of “preferred suppliers” made up of local businesses in a range of categories.

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

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

NOTE:  The Stage 1 Expression of Interest Process was held between 10 - 31 August 2022 and applicants have been notified about their participation in the program. 

Suppliers were selected in to align with these target categories:

  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.

Business Elevate Program – Voucher Applications for Small Business Owners

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Stage 2 - Applications for $2,000 (+GST) Vouchers – Small Business Owners

Important Dates: 

  • 3 October 2022 - Open for Voucher Applications
  • 31 October 2022 - Applications close

The second stage opens the program up 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 up to 50 local businesses will be awarded a $2,000 voucher and be matched with their nominated supplier from the “preferred supplier list'. 

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 50 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 50 business recipients but businesses that miss out will be added to a wait list.

To activate the voucher recipients will need to pay a non-refundable "$200 Activation Fee" to their preferred supplier.  Failure to pay the fee by the due date will mean forfeiture of the voucher which will be allocated to another business on the waiting list.

Download a PDF copy of the Program Guidelines.(PDF, 1MB)

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.  

To be eligible for a voucher your business must be located within the municipal boundaries of the City of Maribyrnong. 

*Note:  Vouchers will be for $2,000+GST where the supplier business is registered for GST and will be paid directly to the supplier by Council.

Learn more and find out how to apply for a voucher here.

Trader Associations BID Grant Funding

Maribyrnong City Council is supporting all the registered trader associations located within Maribyrnong with a distribution of BID grant funding, to support them with the development and delivery of their marketing initiatives. 

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 2022/23 financial year to support the groups to deliver their approved action plans.

If you are a business owner interested in becoming a member of your local trader association, so you can contribute and influence the use of the grant funding, refer to the various websites listed here:  Trader associations - Maribyrnong

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

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