Business Collaboration Grants

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Applications can be up to $2,000.  Applicants are required to match funds 1:1 with either cash or in-kind contributions.

Applications are open during the months of March and September.  Panel assessments take place during April and October with funding for successful projects being available shortly after. 

Click to view the Surf Coast Shire Business Collaboration Guidelines (PDF, 366KB)

About this grant

We would like to invite you to apply for a Business Collaboration Grant of $2000 to help your business networking group with marketing and to increase its membership. This grant is intended to support networking groups in their efforts to build relationships and expand their membership base.

We understand the importance of marketing and recognize that it can be expensive. This grant provides an opportunity to bring your marketing goals to fruition. Getting businesses together to share ideas and to foster mentoring helps build business capacity within our community.

The application process is simple and straightforward. Please submit your application online and include a description of your networking group, the reason you exist and the marketing plans you intend to use the grant for. We will review the application and make our decision based on the information you provide.

Good luck and please call to discuss your proposal before you start doing the work to apply. Applications are competitive so let us help you know what we are looking for.

The purpose of the grant is to:

  • Support the creation of new business networks, or further develop existing business networks leading to better collaboration and skills development.
  • Improve the capacity and capability of businesses to thrive.  

We also recommend you read our Economic Development Strategy 2021-2023 and Surf Coast Shire Council Plan to understand the ways in which we can all work to create a more prosperous economy.  

The five highest scoring projects will be funded up to $2,000. 

Other information 

Before applying:

1.  Read the Business Collaboration Grant Guidelines 2022(PDF, 366KB) and check your eligibility.

2.  Call our Grants Team on 5261 0600 to discuss your idea and ask any questions.