Hume Business Grants



Hume City Small Business Grant Program

If you have an idea and seeking financial support, then we encourage you to apply for a Hume City Small Business Grant.

Small businesses make a large contribution to the local economy and add to the vibrancy and energy of Hume, which is why Hume City Council is pleased to be offering business support grants.

Before an application can be submitted you must attend ONE of the following Hume Small Business Grants Workshop.

Tuesday 9 July, Sunbury
When: 10am - 11.30am
Where: Hume Global Learning Centre – Sunbury
44 Macedon Street, Sunbury 3429

Thursday 11 July, Craigieburn
When: 10am - 11.30am
Where: Hume Global Learning Centre – Craigieburn
75-95 Central Park Avenue, Craigieburn 3064


About the Program

Recognising the importance of supporting small businesses Hume City Council is offering $150,000 to be allocated for this Grants Program. It should be noted that the Program is not an emergency support program and the maximum amount that a business can receive is $20,000 (plus GST).

Grant Program

Total Grant Pool     $150,000

Maximum amount businesses can receive    $20,000 (plus GST)

The funding criteria has been developed to provide flexibility to the many businesses across Hume. Council encourages Startups, Home Based Businesses and Sole Traders to apply, providing they have been operational for a minimum of 12 months.

Please read 2024/25 Hume City Small Business Grants Program Information Booklet(PDF, 231KB) before starting your application.

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Please note: only apply if you have attended a Hume Small Business Grants Workshop.

Applications for the Grant Program will close once the grant funding is expended.

Documentation Required

To give your idea or project the best possible chance of success, you will need to provide the following as part of your submission:

  1. A Summary of your business’ project/idea
    (DOCX, 61KB)
  2. A Project Plan(PDF, 178KB) (use template provided)

  3. Project quotes for every item on your project plan 
    Please note: 
    - quotes must be from suppliers who hold a registered ABN
    - quotes from family members will not accepted

  4. Any relevant licenses or permits i.e. Registration of Food Premises Permit(PDF, 389KB)

  5. You will need to demonstrate how your business will accomplish one or more of the following goals and outcomes:

    • Create new employment opportunities
    • Support local employment growth
    • Further expand your business and build on the successful business model and growth potential  

6. Financial Reports

7. Your Certificate of Currency for Public Liability Insurance(PDF, 94KB) (minimum $10 million) 

Hume City Council will only accept applications with the mandatory attachments.

Application Process

In order to submit an application, you MUST attend a Small Business Grant Information Session.

Smarty Grants will allow you to save your application along the way and return to it when you have the completed documentation.

Once you submit your application you will receive an email acknowledging receipt of your application from SmartyGrants. Please keep this reference number handy in case you need to refer to it in future.

A council officer will be in touch if further information is required.

The Hume City Small Business Grant Program will finish when the full grant amount of $150,000 is expended.


If you experience any technical difficulties with your online application, or have any further questions contact:

Economic Development Team


Congratulations to the following successful businesses in Round 1 of 2023/2024 Hume Small Business Grants

  • New Medical Imaging
  • Bluegum Electrical Solutions Pty Ltd
  • Internet Health Support PTY LTD (HIS Trust)
  • Ferguson Plarre Craigieburn Plaza
  • The Yoozh
  • Second Chance Animal Rescue
  • Universal Real Estate Craigieburn
  • Regenerate Engineering
  • VHM Bros
  • CM Trading
  • Elements Skin Aesthetics
  • Huracan Fabrication Pty Ltd
  • Sunbury Optical
  • Living Legends
  • Berrydale Swim School
  • Pty Ltd

Hume City Shopfront Improvement Grant Program

Hume City Council is keen to support local retail and hospitality businesses to create fresh facades for their shopfronts.

The Shopfront Improvement Program offers grants of up to $5000 (plus GST) to improve the presentation of shopfronts, which will add to the overall streetscape, visual appeal and help to drive foot trade.

The shopfront must be in a shopping strip in Hume and not located inside of a shopping centre.

Are you ready to transform your shopfront? If your shop needs a makeover, this is the grant for you!
Some examples of what may be funded under this project include:

  • improved accessibility – installing automatic doors and installing a wheelchair ramp
  • awning and canopies
  • planter boxes
  • lighting
  • new signage or replacing old signage (in accordance with relevant regulatory requirements)
  • painting the facade of the shop
  • redecorating exterior shopfront walls
  • upgrades to windows and doors
  • window decals.

Applications can be made by owners of retail and hospitality businesses.

Please read the 2024/25 Hume City Shopfront Improvement Grant Program Information Booklet(PDF, 312KB) before starting your application.

Please note you do NOT need to attend a workshop to apply for a Shopfront Improvement grant.

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