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Wollongong City Council

Economic and Industry Grants

We support initiatives by business groups or industry groups that help to build Wollongong’s economy, in line with our Economic Development Strategy PDF, 1594.21 KB.

Funding through this program is generally not for the benefit of individual businesses, but for activity that supports the wider economic growth of our city.

For more information, email or call us on (02) 4227 7111.

There are two eligibility categories for this program:

Category A: Activities with Economic or Industry Development

Under this category, your activity must be one or more of the following:

  • Initiatives that support economic or industry development
  • Projects or events that promote locally-based businesses and industries to audiences outside our region
  • Projects that support local business networks.

Category B: Event Development

This category is for activities that support the development and delivery of signature events in Wollongong. It focuses on Category 1 or 2 events, as explained in our Major Events Strategy PDF, 4137.14 KB.

We assess applications for support under this program against the criteria below.

Category A: Activities with Economic or Industry Development

Your application will need to explain how your activity does the following (the weighting given to each criteria is shown in brackets).

  • Local employment opportunities are increased within a strong local economy (30%)
  • The region's industry base is diversified (30%)
  • The profile of Wollongong as the regional city of the Illawarra is expanded and improved (30%)
  • Wollongong continues to expand as a place of learning (10%).

Category B: Event Development

Your application will need to explain how your event will provide the following:

  • Reputational impact
  • Economic impact
  • Community and business engagement
  • Lifecycle and legacy.

You can apply for this program at any time.

Make sure you provide clear, detailed information that addresses all of the criteria that apply to the category you're applying for.

We will assess your application, then contact you with advice of the outcome.

If your application is supported, we will write to tell you the funding available for your activity, and the terms you'll need to follow if you accept. You will be required to enter into a funding agreement with Wollongong City Council before any payment is made.

All successful applicants are required to provide regular updates on their activity, and to submit a written report when the funding term ends.

Conflict of interest

When applying for this program, you must identify and declare if there is any actual, potential or perceived conflict of interest that could result from your application. You can read more about what is considered a conflict of interest in our Code of Conduct PDF, 236.66 KB.

Employees of Council must not seek or receive a personal benefit, or be perceived to receive a personal benefit, as a result of funding support from Council.