Business Chambers and Trader Groups Program

What is the Business Chambers and Trader Groups Program?

The Business Chambers and Trader Groups Program is a grant opportunity for business chambers and trader groups to deliver activities or programs that maximise business participation in initiatives across Victoria.



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

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.



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


Eligible Projects

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.

Eligible expenses include:

  • technology costs
  • equipment hire
  • speaker engagement
  • advertising
  • developer costs.

Note: staff wages are not considered program expenditure.

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


Eligible Applicants

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.



Applications close 26 November 2021.


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