City of Maribyrnong’s Business Improvement District Grants Now Open

Published on 21 May 2019


Grants are now open to forward–thinking trader associations and groups within Maribyrnong who have an idea for a project that promotes destination marketing or enhances our City’s key business precincts.

For the past three years, Maribyrnong City Council has supported 17 local projects through its Business Improvement District (BID) Grant Program, including the highly successful She Will Shine scholarship program for female entrepreneurs in 2016 and the Footscray Trader Association’s viral “Welcome to Footscray” promotional video in 2017.

Among the successful 2018/19 BID Grant projects was the popular Halloween in the Village family event in Yarraville, delivered by The Yarraville Traders Association (YTA); a pop-up small business showcase in the Barkly Street Village, presented by The West Footscray Traders Association (WFTA); and a series of monthly music concerts in the Little Saigon Plaza, run by the Footscray Asian Business Association (FABA).

Applications for funding (from $1,000 - $50,000) for the 2019 BID Grant program should meet one or more of the following objectives:

  • Promote destination marketing and other opportunities to increase trade and business opportunities.
  • Strengthen business districts through improved public realm initiatives.
  • Increase the viability of business districts through the development of innovative business practices.
  • Promote and strengthen business groups that have a shared and common economic interest.

In addition, in 2019/20 projects promoting the night-time economy in our city will be highly regarded.

Applications are now open closing on Friday 5 July at 5pm. Successful grant recipients will be selected by the Enterprise Maribyrnong Special  Committee in August. All projects should be executed within the 2019/20 financial year and each applicant is required to contribute 20% of the project costs.

To review the full criteria and apply, visit:

A word from the Mayor:

‘Since they began in 2016, our BID grants have facilitated excellent projects right across the City, including social media campaigns, destination marketing, amenity improvements, and innovative business practices,’ said Mayor Cr Martin Zakharov.

“I am very excited to see who this year’s worthy recipients will be and then see all of their exciting projects roll out across the City in the months to come.”

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