Grant Programs

Funding opportunities to assist you to start, run and grow your business in the Surf Coast Shire.

Business Victoria

  • Business Victoria - is an online resource designed to help you start, run and grow your business.  On this website you can find information on setting up a business, public holidays and find relevant support, advice and training on a broad range of topics including marketing, finance, human resources, exporting and events.
  • Music Victoria
    Funding is available on an annual basis and live music venues can apply for up to $25,000 per venue in funding (over the 3 years of the Good Music Neighbours program). 
  • Regional Events Funding
    The $20 million Regional Events Fund is designed to support the attraction, development, marketing and growth of events in regional Victoria in order to:
    • increase economic benefits by driving visitation from outside of the region and the State and extending length of stay and yield
    • showcase Victoria's key regional tourism strengths and build Victoria's reputation as an events destination
    • develop a sustainable calendar of regional events.

Small business festival and mentoring service

  • Small Business Mentoring Service (SBMS) - Find an experienced mentor to help your business succeed.  Mentors with the SBMS have either owned their own small business or worked in an organisation that has had strong links to small business.  All mentors provide advice on a voluntary basis. 
  • Small Business Festival Victoria - Get inspired and learn new skills to help you start or grow your business at Small Business Festival Victoria. 

Surf Coast Shire Event Grant Program

Community events that take place year round can seek funding for up to $5,000.

Major events that are held in the off-peak season (post Easter to 15 December) can apply for funding up to $10,000.

Signature events that are held in the off-peak season (post Easter to 15 December) can apply for funding over $10,000 and are eligible for consideration of multiple year funding.

The Event Grants Program Guidelines  provide essential information for potential applicants, including definition of event streams, eligibility and assessment criteria.  They also outline the application process.  These guidelines should be read in conjunction with the Events Policy.

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