Business Association COVID-19 Recovery Grants


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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.  Please note - this funding is not available to individual businesses.  The guidelines stipulate that only business associations such as Chambers of Commerce, trader groups and tourism associations are eligible to apply.

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

Applications open 9am, Monday 1 February 2021. 

Apply for the grant

To apply, click here to access SmartyGrants.