Wyndham Council provided $201,000 in funding to 25 local small businesses to foster entrepreneurship and innovation in the community.
Awarded as part of the board’s 2021-2022 budget, the grants of $2,000, $5,000 and $10,000 were awarded to selected applicants who have their primary establishment at Wyndham.
To be eligible for funding, applicants had to demonstrate that they are operated by sole proprietorships or partnerships without employees, or that they employ five or fewer people.
This is the second year of the council’s business funding program, which received a total of 69 applications.
Examples of the types of initiatives funded by the program include business training and skills development focused on accelerating business start-ups, growth or diversification; search for innovative products and services; and the development of new technologies.
Businesses that received grants under the latest cycle of the program include a home-cooked food business in Williams Landing, a craft market in Point Cook and an electrical contractor in Truganina.
A Werribee South farm that offers vegetable education for children has also received funding, as well as fashion retailer Werribee, a Hoppers Crossing business that sells chemical-free beauty products, a Manor-based phone app Lakes developed for cyclists and the Tarneit developer of artificial intelligence platforms.
Wyndham Council’s Small Business Entrepreneurship and Innovation Fund aims to influence the growth of the local economy by assisting start-ups, accelerating the growth of existing businesses, building the entrepreneurial capacity of individuals and supporting the creation of local jobs.