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What's in this edition - July 2022

Corangamite Shire Grants Now OPEN
Business Victoria & More Grants
Small Business Bus
VTIC Industry Support Hub
Agriculture - Events, Grants and Support
Tourism - Greatopia!
COVID-19 Information
OPEN for applications now! Business Façade Improvement Program and Small Business Assistance Program.  

The Business Façade Improvement Program aims to improve the presentation of our towns and streetscapes in Corangamite Shire. The program assists businesses across the Shire in improving the appearance of building façades. Funding of up to $3,000 (exc. GST) is available on a $1:$1 basis. APPLY NOW!

The Small Business Assistance Program aims to encourage businesses, both new and existing, located in the Corangamite Shire to innovate, adapt or diversify for business growth.  The program provides grants of up to $5,000 (exc. GST) from Council on a $1:$1 basis to see businesses undertake new projects that will have a positive impact on both the business and broadly economic activity in the Shire. Types of projects that could be funded under this program include a new website, new point of sale, new technology investment or equipment, internal building upgrades, electronic charging stations, even solar panels. APPLY TODAY!

Business Facade Improvement Program
Small Business Assistance Program
Have you visited the Business Victoria Hub lately? Visit Business Victoria Hub today and find out about:
  • 6 financial year resolutions for your small business
  • 5 insights into small business wellbeing from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander business leaders
  • Your ultimate guide to influencer marketing
There is also FREE support for small business owners and their employees, including financial counselling, business advice and wellbeing support, find out more by visiting Partners in Wellbeing Helpline | Business Victoria

Grants & programs | Business Victoria
  • Small Business Digital Adaptation Program is open (closes 18 July 2022) provides $1200 rebates so small businesses can access a range of digital business tools. 
  • Small-Scale and Craft Program Stream One - Round Three (closes 31 July 2022) provides grant funding up to $15,000 to support businesses to upscale, expand into new markets and develop individual tourism offerings. To find out more visit: Small-Scale and Craft Program Stream One: Round Three | Business Victoria
Grants to help propel your business in 2022 | Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry can assist you to find different grants and incentives ranging from business development, growing jobs, energy, mental health and wellbeing and export assistance. Click on the link above to search for a grant to suit your business.

Solar for Business Program | Solar Victoria
Solar Grants are available for eligible business owners to reduce the upfront cost of a solar panel (PV) system. Rebates up to $3,500 to install a solar panel system are available, plus the option of an interest-free loan up to $5,000, to reduce energy costs and invest in a cleaner, renewable future. Closes 1 June 2024

Grants & Support | Creative Victoria
Creative Victoria have grants out now! The Music Works Grant is open for applications from Victorian based contemporary music artists and industry professionals across all genres and career stages. Applicants can apply for funding for projects with creative and commercial outcomes which commence 1 October 2022.
The Creative Ventures Program is open (closes 21 July 2022) for activities commencing from 1 January 2023, it supports creative organisations/businesses/collectives to generate content, work and opportunities. It provides two years of funding. Check it out today!

LaunchVic Expressions of Interest 
LaunchVic's Support for Regional Victorian Startup Entrepreneurs Program is seeking expressions of interest for ideas that will support startup entrepreneurship in regional Victoria. LaunchVic are looking to encourage a vibrant regional Victorian startup community by helping early-stage ecosystem development activities in regional centres. This is for new and existing startups which are technology driven businesses.  To apply or find out more visit: Regional EOI | Launchvic 
The Small Business Bus is coming back to Corangamite! 
Monday 11 July 2022, outside the Lismore Post Office, Lismore.
Thursday 14 July 2022, in front of the shire office. Camperdown.
There will be FREE mentoring and coaching on-board, with general business advisory sessions, financial or health and wellbeing coaching sessions available. To book in a session click:
Lismore Small Business Bus: Lismore (Financial Counselling, Business Support) | Business Victoria 
Camperdown Small Business Bus: Camperdown (Financial Counselling, Business Support) | Business Victoria
VTIC Support Hub is an online tool that you can access. It includes business support in many forms, grant opportunities, upskilling programs, mentors and more. There a collection of diverse programs and it is updated regularly. There is also information on the latest 2021 Australian census data released. To find out more visit: Business Support - VTIC Industry Support Hub
Westvic Dairy are running a Dairy Farm Business Analysis Online program for farmers and their advisers to better understand and analyse farm business performance. Commencing Wednesday 6 July 2022 and delivered over 7 weeks. Register here: National Dairy Farm Business Analysis Online- July 2022 | Dairy Australia

Our Farm Our Plan online program commences Wednesday 20 July 2022, to register visit: OFOP National Online - 200722 | Dairy Australia

Westvic Dairy's Ladies Luncheon 2022 tickets are on sale now. Pip Courtney, host of Landline is this years keynote speaker. Get your tickets before they sell out here: 2022 Dairy Ladies’ Luncheon - Deakin Warrnambool Tickets, Wed 17/08/2022 at 10:30 am | Eventbrite

New mental health and suicide prevention support for Australian farmers has been developed in Victoria's Great South Coast. Deakin University’s National Centre for Farmer Health recently completed a two year project to improve access to appropriate and effective mental health support in rural farming communities. Key initiatives include the development of a framework to train and support farming community members to provide mental health support to each other, as well as Steering Straight, a self-managed mental health action plan. You can download the free booklet here: Managing Stress on the Farm Book | National Centre for Farmer Health
Have you seen it yet? Greatopia! launched in May, to have another look click here. Keep an eye on your screens - you'll be singing along to the video / TVC !

Changes were made to the pandemic order from 11.59pm Friday 24 June 2022, these included:

  • Masks must still be worn on public transport, taxis, ride shares, and planes, but will no longer be required at airports. Masks are also still required in sensitive settings such as hospitals and care facilities.
  • Positive cases must still isolate for seven days from the day they took their test but may now leave home to drive a household member directly to or from education or work without leaving their vehicle. They can also leave home to get medical care, a COVID-19 test, or in an emergency, including the risk of harm.
  • To protect the most vulnerable during winter, three COVID-19 vaccine doses are still required for workers inresidential aged care and disability care, healthcare, and custodial and emergency services, including police.
  • Government imposed third dose mandates in education, food distribution, meat and seafood processing and quarantine accommodation sectors will be lifted. In line with other jurisdictions around Australia, COVID-19 vaccination policies will be the responsibility of individual workplaces to consider as part of their workplace conditions.
  • Rules requiring general workers to work from home unless they are double-vaccinated are lifted. Employers can consider setting COVID-19 vaccination policies as part of their own workplace conditions.
  • Visitor caps to care facilities, including residential aged care and disability are removed. Residents can see any number of people, provided they test negative on a rapid antigen test that day. If a test is unavailable, a person can only be present for limited reasons such as end-of-life visits. Centres may introduce their own visitor rules to respond to local risk.

To stay up to date with all things Covid-19, visit Coronavirus (COVID-19) Victoria | Coronavirus Victoria. The website has the resources for your business, including CovidSafe Plans, Testing, Vaccination, Grants/Funding and all recent updates to restrictions.

You can call the Coronavirus Hotline 24hrs a day on 1800 675 398.

There are so many challenges that you are all facing while continuing to adapt to the ever-changing environment. Please reach out, have a chat, we are here to listen. How is your business going now

Our Economic Development and Tourism team are available to assist with any questions or concerns you may have and encourage you to reach out to our team for support.

Please contact us on (03) 5593 7100 or email If you would like to book in for our staff to visit you at your business, please email, or call Kellie on 5593 7228. 
Business Corangamite Facebook has regular updates and information for business. 
The Business section of the Council website provides information on opening a business, expanding or changing a business, general business support, COVID-19 links and Shop Local Corangamite downloadable resources. 
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