Small Business, Arts & Culture COVID Recovery Grants

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Expressions of Interest (EOI) for this program are now closed.  

Surf Coast Shire Council has introduced two $100,000 grant programs to support Artists and Individual Small Businesses impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Expression of Interest (EOI) applications closed on 21 May 2021, successful EOI applicants will be invited to full application via an email by the 30 May 2021.

Creative Communities Fund will offer grant up to $20,000.  The Individual Small Business Fund will offer grants of up to $5,000.

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All applicants must read the guidelines to ensure you meet eligibility criteria.  

All activities must comply with the latest heath advice and government restrictions, as detailed on the following websites:

www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus

www.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-covid-19-restrictions-victoria

Individual Small Business

The objective of this program is to provide funding opportunities, developing initiatives and proposals that assist a small business to recover from COVID-19.  These funds will support innovation and build capacity by encouraging investment in e-Commerce, new technologies and environmental outcomes.  

Grant pool $100,000.

Available grants to the value of $5,000

To be eligible, businesses must:

  • have its principal place of business located within the Surf Coast Shire
  • hold an active ABN since March 2020
  • have been trading for a minimum of 12 months prior to the 1st of March 2021
  • employ < 20 people
  • be compliant with the relevant local, state and federal legislation
  • be able to demonstrate that their business has been adversely impacted by COVID-19 restrictions and lockdowns
  • demonstrate what financial support previously has been sought and received
  • show capacity to carry out project
  • have a realistic budget for their project
  • hold appropriate current public liability insurance

Types of project that may be funded include:

  • investment in business training and skills development
  • building marketing skills and/or investment in marketing systems
  • brand development and strategy
  • promotional and marketing campaigns with measurable targets
  • investment in digital technologies that aim to create new markets or grow existing markets
  • development of an alternative service delivery model
  • business continuity planning
  • financial management systems
  • activities that create local employment
  • investment in systems and technologies that reduce energy consumption/costs

(PDF, 3MB)Individual Small Business Grant Guidelines(PDF, 3MB)

Note: EOI for this program are now closed

 

Creative Communities

The objective of this program is to aid creative practitioners and the art sector to recover from COVID-19. The fund provides targeted financial support to Surf Coast Art and Cultural initiatives that adopt a "build back better" approach by ensuring that artists and the creative sector is a thriving component of the local and regional economy. 

Grant pool is $100,000

Minor Grants up to $5,000.  Major $5,001 to $20,000

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • have its principal place of business located within the Surf Coast Shire
  • hold an active ABN since March 2020
  • demonstrate that their main source of income is derived from Arts and Culture activities
  • employ <20 people
  • have been trading for a minimum of 12 months prior to the 1st March 2021
  • be able to demonstrate financial impacts to your business as a result of COVID-19 restrictions and lockdowns
  • be compliant with the local, state and federal legislation

Types of projects that may be funded include:

  • artist fees
  • materials for new works
  • costs related to artist in residence programs
  • venue hire
  • activities associated with exhibitions and performances (including online)
  • activities that create local employment
  • project specific administration costs such as promotion and marketing

(PDF, 4MB)Creative Communities Guidelines(PDF, 4MB)  

Note: EOI for this program are now closed