An important update today from City of Melbourne.

Last night Council approved a series of support for business amidst the Covid-19 crisis. The business grants offer $5 million in financial support for small to medium sized businesses to invest in online and e-commerce capabilities, take part in training and professional development and undertake capital works.

Capital works projects will be matched dollar-for-dollar for up to $10,000 for works to adapt to the changed conditions, such as investing in new equipment, making physical alterations, upgrading shop fittings, investing in IT and vehicles.

Up to $5000 is available for businesses investing in online and e-commerce activities such as purchasing hardware and software, developing website and ecommerce, creating online content, online and e-commerce training, and digital marketing.

Up to $2000 is available for training and professional development to equip staff with new and enhanced skills to prepare for changing conditions or recovery, such as attending training courses, and undertaking online learning and webinars.