Business Assistance Scheme

Contact Details

Shelly Chalmers
Business Services & Tourism Officer
Phone: (03) 5358 8768

Purpose of Grant

Northern Grampians Shire Council has developed a Business Assistance Scheme to support local businesses expanding their operations or new businesses, large and small, to establish in the Shire. It will provide assistance to offset costs associated with rates, permits, rent and fees incurred as a result of the new development or expansion. The scheme may also include other incentives that provide appropriate assistance to new or expanding businesses.

The Business Assistance Scheme provides applicants with clear and concise guidelines to follow when applying. These also allow Council to assess applications on their merit.

Prior to applying for assistance, the applicant must discuss the scheme with the General Manager Business Services or his/her nominee. A business plan then must be submitted to support the proposal along with an application form which can be obtained via the below contact.

The Business Plan should include such details as company principals, nature of the business, SWOT analysis, and financial analysis.


Applicants must

  • be based in the Northern Grampians Shire
  • be expanding or establishing a business that directly benefits the Shire
  • be able to provide a business plan
  • have acquitted all previous grants and have no outstanding debts with Northern Grampians Shire

Grant Value

Dependent on each individual situation and to be determined by the Business Services Unit.

Timing availability

Ongoing. Applicants must have contacted and discussed their project the Business Services and Tourism Officer.

Application Form and Guidelines

Please contact the Business Services Unit directly on (03) 5358 8768 for guidelines and an application form.