Helping local business communities bounce back

Small businesses in Victoria will be supported to become more resilient as Andrews’ Labor government provides more grants to chambers of commerce and merchant groups.

Small Business Minister Jaala Pulford today announced that nominations are now open for the third round of the Labor government. Program of chambers of commerce and groups of traders at the Mainstreet Australia 2022 conference.

Up to 60 eligible chambers of commerce and merchant groups can access $20,000 grants under the $1.2 million fund, with funding to be used to help businesses adapt, innovate and to rebuild.

The previous two cycles of the program have already provided $5.6 million through more than 230 grants to local business organizations.

The regional chamber of commerce Business Mount Alexander used its second round grant from the program to develop its “Creative Connections” initiative.

The grant helped them promote the economic benefits of the arts in regional communities by hosting a series of workshops and networking events with local creatives.

During this time, the Belgrave Traders Association helped develop and scale the Belgrave Food Garden, with a food swap program that reduced food waste and taught people about sustainability.

Mainstreet Australia’s annual conference brings together representatives of business communities and chambers to share ideas, experiences and learnings that will help their local businesses and town centers thrive in the future.

Applications are open until August 28, 2022. Local business organizations, including those supporting multicultural and Indigenous businesses, are encouraged to apply.

For more information and details on how to apply for this latest round of the Chambers of Commerce and Traders Groups program, visit business.vic.gov.au/businesschambersExternal link.

As Small Business Minister Jaala Pulford said

“We support chambers of commerce and merchant groups to bring small businesses together and help them thrive in their community.”

“By investing in small businesses, we help them succeed – and that growth fuels the economy.”

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