City Of Melbourne COVID-19 $7000 Digital Business Grants

Get your business online

The City Of Melbourne are currently offering five million dollars in grants to support businesses taking their offer online during COVID-19 crisis. 


Your business must be registered in one of the following suburbs:

  • Carlton
  • Docklands
  • East Melbourne
  • Kensington
  • Flemington
  • North Melbourne
  • Parkville
  • Port Melbourne
  • Southbank
  • South Yarra West
  • West Melbourne
  • Melbourne

You must also:

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • be a small to medium sized business (employ fewer than 50 full-time equivalent employees at the time of application, or up to 75 staff for hospitality and tourism sectors) 
  • be a small to medium sized non-profit organisation (employ fewer than 50 full-time equivalent employees at the time of application) 
  • able to demonstrate how the grant will help support your business or non-profit organisation in response to the impact of COVID-19.

How much can you apply for?

Each business can receive up to $5,000 to invest in online and e-commerce activities or $2,000 to invest in training or development. It’s important to note that this is not matched funding, this is a grant to cover the cost of improving your online presence!

Does Seedling Digital provide services to get you online?

Absolutely, we have a number of packages that fall into these categories! There’s never been a better time to get started. Here’s how we can help.

website design

We build beautiful, effective, high converting, custom WordPress Websites from scratch. Our Bud Essential WordPress Package is priced perfectly for this grant. We have streamlined processes in place to help you get your website up in a timely manner, so you can keep trading and build your presence online. 

We also have limited packages available for membership / ecourse sites without the recurring subscription fee of some online learning platforms. If you’re looking to share your knowledge and sell digital courses, this one’s for you!

digital marketing

If you already have a website, we can support with SEO, email marketing and social media marketing packages.

Training and development

We have a number of short ecourses available now, with a larger ecourse in the works. These courses teach you how to manage your social media more effectively, build and integrate your own email funnels, or build your own WordPress Website from scratch. Our larger ecourse is now available for early bird sign up, due to be released in April! Even if you currently have a WordPress website, this course will more effectively teach you how to manage and update your website as your business grows. 

Be quick

With only 5 million in grants available, this funding won’t last long. There is no set close dates, applications are being assessed, approved and paid as soon as they can be. 

Tips for your application

We’ve received, and supported businesses to receive funding in the past. My top tip for a successful application is to use and reflect the language the council do in their criteria, which is:

Be able to demonstrate how the grant will help support your business or non-profit organisation in response to the impact of COVID-19.

You generally have a word limit, but it’s important to explain clearly how the grant will help your business to continue trading, continue employing staff and taking revenue throughout this time. 

What do I need to do?

We’re available to support your application with a tailored proposal. Click the link below to get in touch. We’ll send you through a PDF invoice to upload with your application. Once you’ve received this, you can apply using the link below.

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