Supporting Local Small Business and Activating Underutilised Spaces.

The City of Perth continues to provide support for locally owned businesses through its Business Grants Program. Over the last five years, the City of Perth has provided a number of city-based businesses grants to support and encourage innovative projects that have resulted in benefits for the business and the wider Perth community.

Two types of funding are available during 2016/17:

Small Business Grants

Applications open Friday, 1 July 2016 

The City of Perth is offering cash grants of up to $2,000 to small businesses located within the city to assist with business start-up, expansion or other innovative and creative business-related projects that provide a clear economic benefit to the city.

Applications will be accepted until Friday, 19 May 2017 or until all funds have been allocated. Please note that limited funding is available and applications will be considered on a first come, first served basis. 

To apply for a Small Business Grant please contact the City of Perth Economic Development Unit on (08) 9461-3198 or via email at

The following documents are provided for your reference:

Examples of Business Plan templates can be found here:

Matched Funding Business Grants

Applications for Matched Funding Business Grants have now closed.

The City of Perth Matched Funding Business Grants program provided local businesses with funding of up to $20,000 on a dollar for dollar basis. This program focuses on supporting innovative and creative business projects that improve the amenity and vibrancy of the city.

Suitable business projects include (but not limited to):

  • activation (including active or passive surveillance) of underutilised spaces such as within vacant upper floors, basements or laneways;
  • capital investment on building fit out costs including restoration and/or compliance with building codes, regulations, safety and accessibility; and
  • aesthetic improvements such as facade upgrades to improve the streetscape.

For more information, please see below:


2015/16 Matched Funding Business Grants Program

Kafka Coffee Shop - Fitzgerald Street, Northbridge

“It's been so great to see this part of Northbridge come alive. Kafka has received a lot of attention in social media and has quickly become the meeting point for bloggers and 'must see' little cafe for visitors from other states and overseas. Matched funding helped us kick start the cafe and has given us more freedom to focus on inspiring people through rare and quality magazines, art and design pieces."

Kafka Coffee Shop - before

Image (above): Kafka Coffee Shop - Before 

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Image (above): Kafka Coffee Shop - After

Young Love Mess Hall – William Street, Northbridge

“The City of Perth Matched Funding Grant has been a great support for our business. The grant has been used towards improving our building façade, and will improve the appearance of our business to our customers and pedestrians. All the staff at the City have been very helpful regarding the grant process and have taken interest in the project and its progress.”

2015/16 Small Business Grants Program

The Nostalgia Box – Aberdeen Street, Perth

“The City of Perth Business Grant is a great program that supports local small businesses. The grant allowed my business to gain exposure by utilising the fund on marketing and promotional efforts. Application process is straight forward with assistance from friendly and helpful staff from the Economic Development team. Thanks City of Perth!”

Nostalgia Box Nostalgia Box

Image (above): The Nostalgia Box