Launch event for new-look Business Assistance Scheme


Corangamite Shire is calling on local business owners, creative industries and community enterprises who want to unlock their potential.

Council will launch its new funding program, the Business Assistance Scheme (BAS) at a networking event in Camperdown on Thursday 15 February.

The event, at The Farmhouse @ 153 from, 5.30 pm – 7 pm, will feature guest speakers from Alderwood Manor, Timboon Fine Ice Cream and Murfett & Whiting Electrical. Light refreshments will be provided.

Everyone is welcome and can register their attendance for catering purposes at

The Business Assistance Scheme is open all year round and provides four streams:

  1. Business Facade Improvement – up to $3,000 ($1 for $1) for physical works for businesses to improve their shop fronts and up to $500 for landscaping works.
  2. Creative Industries and Placemaking – up to $2,000 to activate a public space and increase participation in community life.
  3. Community Enterprise – up to $2,000 to build community capacity in project planning, management and delivery.
  4. Fees and Enabling Infrastructure – assist new businesses to establish by reducing up-front costs of permit and registration fees. Could include a co-contribution to public infrastructure required.

Mayor Kate Makin said Council was keen to support local businesses, community enterprises, creative industries and new businesses looking to establish in Corangamite.

“This new funding scheme is a broader approach to supporting the arts, culture, tourism and a circular economy,” Cr Makin said.

“It is an initiative that has come out of our Grow and Prosper Plan for Corangamite.

“The scheme supports traditional business and economic development like we have previously.

“But it also recognises the importance of projects that activate public space and encourage people to visit, invest and spend time here.

“These initiatives all combine to make Corangamite a great place to live,” Cr Makin said.

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