Business Association COVID-19 Recovery Grants

Applications open 1 February 2021 (9.00am) 

Funding up to $3,000 is available to support initiatives by local business associations to fund innovative projects and activities to boost economic community led COVID-19 recovery. 

This program is designed to provide recovery and resilience opportunities for the business community through programs, projects or activities run by their member associations.

Desired Program Outcomes

  • Support economic recovery for the Mornington Peninsula. 
  • Support innovative short and medium term programs, projects or activities which benefit groups of businesses or industries that have been affected by COVID-19.
  • Activate community spending and support for local businesses.
  • Increase employment opportunities.
  • Provide opportunities to increase business resilience .


Assessment Criteria

Projects/programs which:

  • Are consistent with the Our Prosperity Community Outcomes in the Council Plan 2017-21.
  • Encourage business capacity building.
  • Display an innovative approach to meeting business needs.
  • Target an identified area or sector of need.
  • Increase employment opportunities.
  • Stimulate economic expenditure.
  • Provide a dollar for dollar contribution either financial or in kind.
  • Demonstrate value for money.

To be eligible for consideration for funding, the project/activity must: 

  • Take place within the Mornington Peninsula Shire Local Government area or have direct outcomes that benefit businesses within the Shire.
  • Be completed within 12 months of funding, with quarterly milestone reporting.



  • This program is open to not for profit, incorporated business associations (registered by Consumer Affairs Victoria), based in the Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Local Government area.
  • ABN and incorporation status must be identified in application.  
  • Only one application per association can be accepted.  Projects previously funded by Council are not eligible.
  • Applicants must have the appropriate type and level of insurance for the activities that are the subject of this grant.
  • Does not owe any money or reports (acquittal) as a result of previous Shire funding or grants.

Refer to the Guidelines(PDF, 230KB) information to understand more about the Business Association COVID-19 Recovery Grants.

If you have any queries, please contact the Economic Development Coordinator at