Spark Tank Business Innovation Program

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Supported by the Victorian State Government, Council invites applications for funding of grants of up to $5,000 are available from the new Spark Tank Business Innovation Funding Program.

With COVID-19 placing significant pressure on business due to restrictions and lockdowns, there has never been a better time to recognise and support business innovation in regional areas. Providing opportunities for concepts to be developed and communication channels to be opened has the potential to stimulate the local economy through new ventures and potential production.

Council will support projects or programs that are in concept stages through to full production. Funding of up to $5,000 will be available to implement:

  • Networking
  • Marketing
  • Design
  • Implementation Stages
  • Small Capital Works
  • Business Shopfront Developments
  • Visual Merchandising Ideas
  • Web Development / Online Platforms

Eligibility Criteria

All businesses, and entrepreneurs and community not-for-profit groups located within the Yarriambiack Shire Council municipal boundaries with a direct or indirect impact on the visitor economy are eligible to apply. Businesses do not necessarily need to be tourism based. A focus on delivering a new, unique and contemporary product or experience that showcases the history and people of the region will be highly regarded. For ineligibility, please see the Spark Tank Guidelines.

Important Dates


Round 1

 Round 2

Applications Open

18 February 2022

 30 January 2023

Applications Close

1 April 2022

 28 February 2023

Applicants Notified

28 April 2022

 March 2023

Project Completion

23 December 2022

 23 December 2023


Submitting an application

Please complete the application form or alternatively submit a video application addressing the questions. Applications can be submitted via the Yarriambiack Shire Council Facebook Messenger or email