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COVID-19 Small Business Grants

Online applications open on 1 May 2022 and close at 5 pm on 31 May 2022.

The City of Salisbury is committed to provide support and strengthen both our businesses and community life. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the global economy and locally, it has impacted many businesses. To help some of our smaller businesses navigate these difficult times, Council is offering Small Business Grants to assist where it is most needed.

Purpose of the Grants

It is important that COVID-19 recovery measures provided by local governments complement the stimulus and support measures of the State and Federal Governments. As a Council, we aim to leverage our resources to help ensure the safety, survival and resilience of our small business sector.

The City of Salisbury’s Small Business Grants comprises two small business grants aimed at providing relief to businesses within the City.

Funding Available

The Small Business Grants look to provide financial assistance to eligible businesses affected by COVID- 19.

There are two funding streams available:

  • Capital Works Grants - by investing in capital works during this challenging time, businesses can position their operations to strongly benefit from economic recovery.
  • Online and e-Commerce Grants - by developing their online and e-commerce capabilities, businesses can operate more effectively in the online environment.

Eligibility Criteria

Before applying, we strongly encourage you to contact the Polaris Business & Innovation Centre on 08 8260 8205 or via email to discuss your proposal, or if you need assistance to complete the application.

We only accept applications via the online application below.

To be eligible for funding, applicants must:

  • Have an Australian Business Number (ABN).
  • Employ fewer than 20 employees (full-time, part-time, casual) at the time of application or be a part of a business partnership.
  • Be located within the City of Salisbury.
  • Have been in business for more than 12 months.
  • Have the appropriate Public Liability Insurance (minimum of $20 million) that covers the activity being undertaken.
  • Have the appropriate permits and licenses for business operation.
  • Demonstrate how the grant funds will help address the challenges faced by businesses as they continue to deliver services.
  • Provide a profit and loss statement from the quarter ending in December 2021 and ending March 2022 which indicates your turnover in your business have fallen by 30%.
  • Once-off facilitator/trainer fees or initial insurance for the program/activity are acceptable.

Businesses and conditions that are not eligible for funding

The program will not support:

  • Businesses located outside the City of Salisbury
  • Political organisations with a political purpose
  • Traders associations and owners’ corporations (strata and company owned)
  • Branches, franchisees or subsidiaries of larger companies
  • Employees of Australian, State and Local government agencies and bodies, foundation or grant making bodies or those that have a primary focus on fundraising
  • Retrospective spending
  • Payment of ongoing salaries
  • Recurrent operational costs (e.g. telephone, electricity, cleaning/maintenance, ongoing Public Liability Insurance).

Elected Members and employees of the City of Salisbury are not eligible to sign or be listed on any grant application.

Only one application per business will be accepted.

Funding Details

You must provide a quote for all items, services, activities or fees that your application is for.

Applicants should be aware of their responsibilities to comply with Federal Government taxation requirements. For information or advice on whether you should be registered for GST or need an ABN, contact the Australian Taxation Office info line on 132 866 or visit their website.

This grant funding process opens on 1 May 2022 and will close on 31 May 2022. All applications will be assessed after the 31 May 2022 deadline and peer-reviewed against the eligibility criteria.

Apply via the application form below.

The total funding pool for grants is $60,000.

Eligibility Details

It is important to note that only one grant application can be submitted and it is important that businesses choose the grant category that best suits their project or need.

1. Capital works grants

Up to $5,000 (excluding GST) on a matching dollar for dollar basis.

This grant will assist with costs that are associated with the capital works used to produce income, including in any of the following areas:

  • equipment, including catering, processing and production equipment
  • business fittings, including retail, wholesale and hospitality shop fittings
  • physical alterations to business premises, including remodelling of premises.

2. Online and e-commerce grants

Up to $2,500 (excluding GST) with no matching contribution.

This grant will provide financial support to businesses that need help with:

  • website design and development
  • e-commerce platforms (selling online and receiving payments)
  • online content development (webpages, mobile apps, audio and visual media)
  • digital marketing and promotion

Assessment of Applications

Criteria Weighting
Reach the greatest number of individuals and delivers the greatest benefits 30%
Supply services to the City of Salisbury’s community 10%
Fully detailed, costed and balanced budget, with quotes and realistic pricing 30%
Service or activities are ready to begin quickly 10%
Procure products and services from local suppliers in the City of Salisbury 10%
Assist to differentiate their business from competitors 10%
TOTAL 100%

Conditions of Funding

Funds provided must be used for the approved grant, with monies spent by the end of the current 2022 calendar year.

Any changes that would result in funding being expended other than as detailed in the application may not be undertaken without written approval from the City of Salisbury.

Applicants must obtain any necessary approvals and meet any costs associated with those approvals.

Where appropriate the applicant will ensure that the project complies with all the relevant acts, codes, standards and applicable legislation.

Appropriate acknowledgement of City of Salisbury’s funding must be given by the recipient in promotional material, announcements and reports of the specific project.

All successful applicants will be required to provide a detailed written report on outcomes of the project funded by Council in the form of an acquittal report document.

Acquittal reports will be required within six weeks from the conclusion of each project, unless otherwise agreed by the City of Salisbury.

The acquittal report must include any relevant receipts and a short report on the effectiveness of the program/event/equipment in achieving the stated outcomes in the application.

Expenditure statements must be signed by the applicant where applicable. Failure to fulfil this requirement will prejudice any future funding applications.

GST requirements

Grants are subject to GST legislation. If your application is successful and your organisation is registered for GST, Council will require a valid tax invoice before the grant can be processed.

Assessment process

After Council receives the signed Conditions of Funding (contract) and any other required documentation, funds will be transferred electronically as soon as possible.

General requirements

Financial acquittal forms must be completed within six weeks of the activity being completed unless otherwise negotiated.

Applicants must hold the appropriate insurances for the implementation of their grant funded project.

Applications must be completed in full, or they will not be accepted.

Council will not be responsible for any expenses incurred by an applicant in preparing their application, or as a result of an applicant anticipating approval of their application.

The City of Salisbury’s logo may be used on promotional material to acknowledge sponsorship. Applications for logo usage must be submitted to the City of Salisbury’s Marketing Department via email. The logo must not be acquired for use from elsewhere (eg downloaded from the website, scanned/photographed from a document, etc)..

Grants funding is required to be returned to the City of Salisbury in the event that the proposed activity does not occur. In the event that all grant money is not expended, any unspent portion must also be returned to the City of Salisbury.

Grant funding amounts

  • Capital Works Grants - maximum of $5,000 excluding GST on matching dollar for dollar basis.
  • Online and e-Commerce Grants - maximum of $2,500 excluding GST.

Frequently Asked Questions

Only applications submitted through the online application form will be accepted.

All online applications are to be submitted before 5 pm on Tuesday 31 May 2022.

You will receive an acknowledgement email confirming the submission of your application, however, this does not mean that your grant has been approved.

No, you can submit only one application.


A formal quote is preferred, however if this is not possible/practical, a photograph/screen shot of an online shopping cart which clearly describes the item and cost is acceptable.

No, you can only submit invoices for purchases after the start date of the grants to be approved.

Late applications will not be considered.

The City of Salisbury assists local businesses with access to business advisory services through the Polaris Business and Innovation Centre. Assistance is provided via workshops, individual meetings and mentoring programs. Contact Polaris Centre on 8260 8205 or visit the Polaris Centre to find out more.

The City of Salisbury Grant Finder is a helpful grant sourcing service.


Contact Details

Applicants please note:

An online application to our grants program is an acceptance that the applicant agrees to the City of Salisbury’s conditions for any grant approval. Incomplete applications and/or applications received after the activity/event date will not be considered.

Privacy notice

City of Salisbury pledges to respect and uphold your rights to privacy protection under the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) as established under the Privacy Act 1988 and amended by the Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Act 2012.

Small Business Details
Postal Address (if different to above)

Must be a valid URL.

Primary Contact Person

For example; Manager, Board Member, Fundraising Coordinator.

The address we will use to correspond with you about this grant.

Business Details

Choose the grant this application is for: *

Please refer to the Guidelines for more information about each grant type.

Confirm the following business details *

Please tick all boxes that apply to your business. If any do not apply, you are not eligible for grant funds.

Multiple files can be uploaded. Maximum 25MB. The recommended size for each file is no bigger than 5MB.

Must be an Australian Business Number. The ABN provided will be used to check; entity name, ABN status, entity type, goods and services tax, DGR endorsed, ATO charity type, ACNC registration, tax concessions, and the main business location.

Project Details

Must be no more than 100 words.

Must be no more than 300 words on how receiving grant funds help address challenges faced by your business resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak and enable your business to continue to deliver services.

Assessment of Applications

Must be no more than 200 words. Assessment weighting 30%.

Must be no more than 200 words. Assessment weighting 10%.

Must be no more than 200 words. Assessment weighting 10%.

Project Timing

Assessment weighting 10%.

Quotes, Receipts and Supporting Documents

Priority will be given to applications with documents that include:

Fully detailed, costed and balanced budgets, with quotes and realistic pricing (Assessment weighting 30%).

Evidence that products and services are procured where possible from local suppliers in the City of Salisbury (Assessment weighting 10%).

Multiple files can be uploaded. Maximum 25MB. The recommended size for each file is no bigger than 5MB.

Multiple files can be uploaded. Maximum 25MB. The recommended size for each file is no bigger than 5MB

Must be a dollar amount.

Must be a dollar amount.

Must be a dollar amount.

Certification and Feedback

I certify that to the best of my knowledge the statements made within this application are true and correct.

I also confirm that I have read and understood the conditions for funding as outlined in the City of Salisbury 2022 Small Business Grants Guidelines and accept and agree to abide by the conditions therein.

I also accept and agree to abide by any additional conditions outlined in any approval letter.

I Agree *
Name of Authorised Person

Applicant Feedback

This section is not mandatory. Before you review your application and click the 'Submit' button please take a few moments to provide some feedback.

Indicate how you found the application process