Supporting Local Businesses

Find information, support and resources to help local businesses survive and thrive during COVID-19.

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How to support your local businesses Resources for businesses


COVID-19 has changed the way we work and play. We have been working with businesses, community groups and food markets to meet new public health standards, and keep our local food supply and economy going.

Visit Council’s Business Support during COVID-19 website page for more information on business support initiatives and to find out what Council is doing to support local businesses and creatives.

How to support your local businesses

Now more than ever we need everyone to buy local to keep every dollar in our shire. Some things you can do are:

  • Think local before ordering goods online
  • Source essential items from your local butcher, grocer, supermarket or farmers market
  • Buy a gift voucher for future use
  • Order take away from a local café, pub or restaurant
  • Leave a tip, or
  • Share a positive review online.

For an updated list of all local food businesses available for takeaway and delivery as well as online shopping options:

Resources for businesses

Government initiatives

The Commonwealth Government and the Victorian Government have announced economic support packages for businesses impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19) including not for profits and sole traders.

The Business Victoria support and financial assistance finder also helps businesses find a range of available assistance based on their circumstances.

For business enquiries or to find out more about the support available for businesses, call the Business Victoria hotline on 13 22 15 or

The Victorian Government has partnered with key industry groups and top education providers including Deakin University, RMIT, VCCI and Fair Work Australia to launch Upskill My BusinessUpskill My Business is a new website offering free courses, live and on-demand events and a range of business resources to help Victorian business owners prepare for a strong recovery.

A summary of government assistance factsheet has been released by State Government. With so much info floating around, it's a handy reference with all information consolidated. Read more here.

To keep connected and access useful resources for your business please read the latest Council Business and Creative Industries community newsletters here.


Working for Victoria helps workers who have lost their jobs as the result of coronavirus (COVID-19) find new short term or casual opportunities. In addition to job placements, the fund can also assist with skills development or help people in obtaining immediate accreditation to commence work.


To find relevant information related to our arts, culture and the creative industries please visit our Supporting our Arts website page at

Sustaining Creative Workers offers quick response grants for Victorian-based independent creatives and micro-organisations with at least five years of professional experience. Grants of $5,000 will be available for individuals, and $10,000 for micro-organisations and businesses. An additional $2,500 in access funding will be available for creatives with a disability, and disability-led organisations.

Finding Grants

Mount Alexander Shire Council, in collaboration with GrantGuru, have developed a free online search tool to assist businesses, not-for-profits and individuals in the Mount Alexander Shire to find grant opportunities.
Grant Connect Mount Alexander is a comprehensive platform that includes all local, state and national funding opportunities available from across a range of sectors, as well as other useful information and tips on grant writing. To start searching for grants visit Grant Connect Mount Alexander.

Coronavirus Funding Support

Grant Connect has a new addition to support local businesses and community groups to access funding opportunities during coronavirus. All coronavirus funding opportunities are listed via the Quick Lists: Coronavirus Funding tab. The Quick List tab can be found on the Grants Connect front page.

Further resources
Mental Health resources