Program overview

The Business Chambers and Trader Groups Program Round Two provides funding for locally led initiatives that support small businesses.

Up to 30 grants of $20,000 each are available for business chambers and trader groups to deliver activities or programs that maximise business participation in initiatives across Victoria.

Round Two of the program aims to support business chambers and trader groups to run locally led initiatives between 1 January and 30 April 2022 that:

  • enable local business collaboration
  • educate, inform and empower small businesses
  • support small businesses to build digital capability
  • help members transition into recovery and restart.

Please read all the information on this page, including the program guidelines and frequently asked questions (FAQs) before submitting your initial proposal.

Program guidelines

Business Chambers and Trader Groups Program Round Two Guidelines (PDF 249.55 KB)PDF icon

Business Chambers and Trader Groups Program Round Two Guidelines (DOCX 1539.73 KB)DOCX icon

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Read the full list of frequently asked questions (FAQs).

Applications to the Business Chambers and Trader Groups Program Round Two will close at 11:59pm on Friday 26 November 2021.

Eligible business chambers or trader groups

To be eligible to apply for a grant, the business chamber or trader group must:

  • be based in Victoria
  • be a not-for-profit member organisation with a membership of businesses
  • service a specific Victorian geographic area (e.g. shopping strip, suburb/town)
  • have the core purpose of acting for its members
  • hold a current Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • be registered with the responsible federal or state regulator or local council.

Unincorporated organisations and organisations with an ABN registered after 1 September 2020 will need to have a local council enter into the grant agreement on their behalf.

Grant amounts

Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis, with up to 30 grants of $20,000 available.

How the grants must be used

Grant funds must be used by business chambers and trader groups to support their members by undertaking activities such as:

  • supporting and encouraging local business collaboration activities
  • business skill development, networking and resource sharing
  • upgrading digital channels to better support members
  • helping members adapt to a COVID operating environment.

The program of activities may be virtual or face-to-face, and take any format, for example:

  • success story networking
  • workshops and short courses
  • online training and webinars
  • app licencing or website development
  • cyber security scenarios exercises
  • digital business expos.

These examples are not exhaustive. Groups are encouraged to submit a proposal that addresses the needs of their local business community.

Key dates

Applications close at 11:59pm Friday 26 November 2021.

Projects must be delivered between 1 January and 30 April 2022.

How to apply

Please read all the information on this page, including program guidelines and frequently asked questions (FAQs) before submitting your proposal.

Business chamber and trader groups can apply directly via this webpage.

As part of the application, business chambers and trader groups must include a capability statement that includes:

  • core competencies and experience
  • local business issues to be addressed through the funded activities.

All questions in the application form must be answered to enable timely assessment. Applicants must address selection criteria and provide a project budget and timeline. Applicants may add attachments to the application form.

Webinar: Applying for Round Two of Business Chambers and Trader Groups Program

More information

For further assistance please contact us or call the Business Victoria hotline on 13 22 15.

See Business grants and support for information on other support and resources.

Program guidelines

Business Chambers and Trader Groups Program Round Two Guidelines (PDF 249.55 KB)PDF icon

Business Chambers and Trader Groups Program Round Two Guidelines (DOCX 1539.73 KB)DOCX icon

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

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The objective of this program is to support initiatives run by business chambers and trader groups that:

  • enable local business collaboration
  • educate, inform and empower small businesses
  • support small businesses to build digital capability
  • help members transition into recovery and restart.

Local chambers of commerce and trader groups play a critical leadership role in their local communities. These groups bring businesses together and empowering them with advice, connections and resources. They offer businesses the opportunity to jointly market to their local community and pool resources to reduce their individual costs.

Business chambers and trader groups can apply directly via this webpage. Applications will close at 11.59pm on Friday 26 November 2021.

The application must include a capability statement that addresses:

  • core competencies and experience
  • local business issues to be addressed through the funded activities.

There are up to 30 grants available at $20,000 each.

Yes. Recipients of grants under the 2020 Business Chambers and Trader Groups program are eligible to apply for a grant under Round Two of this program.

A panel will assess all applications against the following weighted criteria:

  • How well the project can meet the desired outcomes of the program (60%):
  • The extent to which the project enables local business collaboration.
  • The extent to which the project supports business education and enablement.
  • The extent to which the project can build digital capability.
  • The extent to which the project can help members transition to recovery and restart.
  • The capability and capacity of the applicant to deliver the project (40%)

For further description of the criteria, please refer to the program guidelines.

Grant funds must be used by business chambers and trader groups to support their members’ COVID-19 resilience, restart and recovery by undertaking activities such as:

  • supporting and encouraging local business collaboration activities
  • business skill development, networking and resource sharing
  • upgrading digital channels to better support members
  • helping members adapt to a COVID operating environment.

The program of activities may be virtual or face-to-face and take any format, for example:

  • success story networking
  • workshops and short courses
  • online training and webinars
  • app licencing or website development
  • cyber security scenarios exercises
  • digital business expo.

These examples are not exhaustive. Groups are encouraged to submit a proposal which addresses the digital needs of their local business community.