Business Improvement Grant / BIG Ideas Program


Gilgandra Shire Council (GSC) invited local businesses to make an application for funding through the BIG Ideas Program, applications have now closed. Council undertook an assessment process of these applications which was then endorsed by Council’s Economic Development Committee. Successful applicants were announced in our media release here.

 To find out more about the program you can read our media release here. 

About the program

The Business Improvement Grant (BIG Ideas) Program has been established in order to assist with economic development opportunities and investment in businesses in the Gilgandra Region. Funding will be provided to property owners and authorised tenants for infrastructure or initiatives that support the improvement of local businesses.

The BIG Ideas Program has the following objectives:

  1. Business growth To support the growth of business in the Gilgandra Region by encouraging new investment, and greater employment opportunities.
  2. Sustainable economy To encourage business innovation and enhance the diversity of the Gilgandra Region’s retail mix.
  3. Premise and precinct activation To support private sector initiatives that complement Council’s and the Gilgandra Region’s activation and revitalisation projects, including Gilgandra’s Activation Blueprint.
  4. Investment promotion To promote the Gilgandra Region as an attractive place to work, live and invest.

Grants will be considered in one competitive funding round, for business improvement projects or initiatives, this funding round has now closed.

The total pool of funding available for 2020/21 is $50,000.

There are two funding categories:

Stream 1: Up to $5,000 (ex GST) - Non-matched funding.

Stream 2: Up to $10,000 (ex GST) - Matched funding ($ for $).

Terms & Conditions


Please download and review the attached Terms & Conditions(PDF, 628KB) to find out more about the program. 

Please note, all projects must be completed and acquitted by 30 June 2022.