DSC fund to rev up business
COUNCIL will launch a new Business Development Fund on December 1 to provide opportunities to the business and not-for-profit sector to support the growth of local business and industry.
Local businesses and notfor-profit organisations will be invited to apply for up to $10,000 in funding to develop projects which encourage commercial investment in the Douglas Shire, expand tourism and agricultural business opportunities and benefits through collaborative planning and promotion and investigate opportunities for sports and cultural tourism.
Mayor Julia Leu said the launch of the Business Development Fund builds on the momentum established at Council’s recent inaugural Douglas Business Forum.
“At the Douglas Business Forum we had more than 100 local business delegates who were keen to share innovative ideas and foster industry partnerships to grow our economy,” Mayor Leu said.
“The launch of this new grant program now provides a funding opportunity for those that have a good idea and are enthusiastic about building on their business concept.
“This may include assisting with the establishment, development, growth and diversification of individual businesses, industries and specific business sectors within the region.
“The fund could also assist to enhance the skills and professional development of micro, small and medium-sizes owners and employees to develop their businesses and prosper within the region,” Mayor Leu said.
“There is also an opportunity to create economic development and investment opportunities which support social enterprises and employment opportunities for longterm unemployed as well as engage and provide opportunities for vulnerable and marginalised groups.”
Businesses and not-forprofit organisations that apply for funding through the Business Development Fund must contribute an equal amount to the project.
The Business Development Fund Guidelines will be available on Council’s website from December 1.