Business Assistance Scheme



Corangamite Shire is committed to ensuring our region is a great place to live, work and explore and is focused on supporting the development and growth of business and community enterprises in our local communities.  

As part of Grow and Prosper CorangamiteCouncil has consolidated its approach to economic and community development, inclusive of arts, culture, tourism and the circular economy. The new Grow and Prosper Framework 2023-2033 outlines new programs, including the Business Assistance Scheme. The scheme enables Council to support local businesses, big or small, community enterprises, creative industries and new businesses looking to establish in the municipality. 

The new Business Assistance Scheme provides four streams: 

  1. Business Facade Improvement
  2. Creative Industries and Placemaking
  3. Community Enterprise
  4. Fees and Enabling Infrastructure

To find out more: 

  • Visit the relevant Stream below. 
  • Download the Business Assistance Scheme Policy.
  • Review and download the booklet and assess your project/business against the listed criteria.
  • Contact the Economy & Prosperity team to discuss your proposal. 

Application Requirements

Prior to applying for assistance, the applicant must meet with the Economy & Prosperity team to discuss their proposed Business Assistance Scheme project and eligibility.

A business plan must be submitted to support the proposal along with a completed application form, which will be provided following the meeting with the Economy & Prosperity team.

The business plan should include details such as; company/business owners or principals, nature of the business, location of the business, SWOT analysis, and financial analysis and must provide evidence that the business is financially viable, and the applicants have sound management capabilities. Tools to assist you in developing your business plan can be found at Business Victoria and at the Australian Business site


The Business Assistance Scheme streams are available year-round, subject to allocation of and funds available in the Council annual budget.