Sneaker Laundry kicks goals

There’s nothing sneaky about our latest Small Business Grant recipient.

The Sneaker Laundry on Little Lonsdale Street offers professional shoe cleaning, funky hand-painted designs, and free shoes for people experiencing homelessness.

Eugene Cheng, Director of this unique small business, said he was lost for words when we awarded him the $10,000 grant.

The funding will help Eugene create public viewing windows, run free workshops and restore unwanted shoes.

‘I didn’t think I was going to get it, we’re so niche and unique and I wasn’t sure people shared our vision, but the response has been amazing,’ Eugene said.

‘It’s really encouraging and I want more people my age to realise they can start something and they can get the support and encouragement they need to succeed.’

Last year we provided $286,000 worth of grants to 16 small businesses that specialise in everything from artificial intelligence and biotechnology to ethical clothing and boutique wines.

Councillor Susan Riley, Chair of the Small Business, Retail and Hospitality Portfolio, said small business is the lifeblood of our city.

‘Our Small Business Grants Program has been running since 1996. In this time we’ve awarded more than $8.3 million in funding to almost 400 small businesses,’ Cr Riley said.

‘Now more than ever we need to continue supporting new and emerging businesses that make Melbourne their home and are so crucial to our city’s economy and prosperity.’

Our Small Business Grants Program, Social Enterprise Grants and the Business Event Sponsorship Program are open for applications from 25 March to 30 April 2019. To find out more, visit Business Funding.