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Economic Development Grants

Council’s Economic Development Grant’s Program (EDGP) provides financial assistance of up to $3,000 (ex GST) to businesses and social enterprises to deliver projects that align with the Whittlesea 2040 Plan to build a strong local economy.

Applicants can apply for one of the following streams for their project;

Social impact projects that aim to increase a business’ social impact and provide benefit to the community.  For example, projects may involve:

  • Developing operations or providing new goods and services that increase cultural and/or environmental awareness in the community
  • Helping people who are experiencing unemployment or underemployment
  • Addressing any other social issues in the local community.


Digital assessment and Online capability projects that increase or modify business operations or models to increase viability or enter a new market. For example, seeking assistance to develop or expand an online platform or online marketing strategy which improves business operations and competitiveness.


Grants guidelines

Key dates

We understand that business operators have been busy dealing with ongoing COVID-19 restrictions and the impacts this has had on business. For that reason we have decided to leave these grants open a little longer and hopefully alleviate some deadline pressure.

Applications will now close on Monday 12 April 2021 and applicants notified of their outcome in early May.

Applicants will have until May 2022 to complete projects funded under this program.


To apply please create your application online.



For more information

Contact the Business Engagement Officer on 9217 2278 or email