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Victorian grants open doors to mutually beneficial collaboration

The Victoria-Israel Science Innovation and Technology Scheme (VISITS)

About the Program

The program is an initiative providing Victorian and Israeli organisations with the opportunity to work collaboratively on projects of mutual benefit.

VISITS is open to all organisations (private sector and public sector), with interests in areas including (but not limited to) the priority growth sectors of: Food and Fibre; Professional Services; New Energy; Defence, Transport and Construction; Medical Devices and Pharmaceuticals, and; International Education.

VISITS is a collaborative effort, with cooperative management from the Victorian Government, the Israel Innovation Authority, the Embassy of Israel, the Australia Israel Chamber of Commerce (AICC), and the Israel Trade Commission.

VISITS contains four streams of funding support, including:

  • Victoria–Israel Science and Technology Research and Development Fund (VISTECH)

  • Victoria–Israel Feasibility and Proof of Concept (VISFPC)

  • Victoria–Israel Trade Missions (VISTRADE)

  • Victoria–Israel Trade and International partnering (VISTRIP).

Potential Grant Funding

Funding available from the scheme includes:

  • up to $2,000 reimbursement for accommodation and travel expenses to attend trade missions, conferences, meetings or other events in Israel

  • opportunities to attend trade missions in Israel

  • up to $50,000 grant funding for innovation projects

  • up to $250,000 grant funding for research and development projects.


To be eligible, you must:

- be a for-profit entity and have your registered office and principal place of business located in Victoria

- not currently be involved in litigation against the State Government of Victoria

- have an interest in

  • medical technologies and pharmaceuticals

  • new energy technologies

  • food and fibre

  • transport, defence and construction technologies

  • international education

  • professional services.

Find out more about eligibility and program at VISITS.

Source: Business Victoria

Business Recovery and Resilience Mentoring

About the Program

The Government delivers a business mentoring program to help small businesses navigate the economic challenges posed by restrictions to help slow the spread of COVID‑19.

Through this program, eligible business owners can receive up to four 2-hour mentoring sessions with an experienced professional who will help them make informed decisions about the future of their business.

Benefits for Business

The program offers tailored guidance on:

  • Business recovery – to strengthen business recovery (cost reduction, debt and cashflow management)

  • Market transformation – to understand how COVID‑19 has triggered or accelerated market changes

  • Digital literacy and engagement – to help businesses reach new customers and markets

  • Market and supply chain diversification – to reduce exposure to supply chain risks

  • Reskilling and retraining – to help businesses upskill their existing workforce

This program also helps businesses:

  • build customised strategies for recovery, market transformation, digital literacy, supply chain diversification and upskilling of existing employees

  • mitigate risks and financial exposure

  • connect to other Government support and local professional services.

How to Apply

By completing the Application Form, you are applying to be matched with an experienced professional for up to four, two-hour, one-on-one mentoring sessions over a three-month period. Mentoring sessions will be provided by phone, video conferencing and, where appropriate, face-to-face.

Read more about the program and eligibility at Business recovery and resilience mentoring.

Source: Business Victoria

Business Victoria Concierge Service

If you are a sole trader or micro-business seeking information or advice about COVID-19 business support, you can now call the dedicated concierge service for assistance.

About the Program

This concierge service is here to support you if you work for yourself, or have 1 to 2 employees and an annual turnover of less than $75,000, and are not eligible for Victorian Government COVID-19 business support grants.

The professional experts can provide:

  • advice about your eligibility for Victorian Government business grant programs

  • referrals to Victorian Government business support programs, such as mentoring services and the Partners in Wellbeing Helpline

  • assistance to help you understand the application process for the Commonwealth Government COVID-19 Disaster Payment.

Source: Business Victoria

Partners in Wellbeing Helpline

Call the helpline at 1300 375 330 Monday to Friday 9am to 10pm, or Saturday, Sunday and public holidays 9am to 5pm.

Live chat, send an enquiry or make a referral online at Partners in Wellbeing Helpline.

About the Program

The Partners in Wellbeing Helpline ensures that sole traders, small business owners and their employees can speak to someone who understands them, and who understands their business.

The helpline is a free and confidential service that provides support for small business owners and employees through trained wellbeing coaches, financial counsellors and business advisers.

Visit the site to learn more about the program.

Source: Business Victoria

Pilot Fund To Make Big Difference In Small Communities

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting small community-based organisations in the state’s north-west to back projects in their region through Small Towns Big Difference pilot program.

The $120,000 fund is a collaboration between the Mallee Regional Partnership, the Buloke Shire Council, Charlton and Donald Community Banks and the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank.

“The launch of the Small Towns Big Difference pilot program is a source of great pride for the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank which has been supporting community projects like these for many years through its philanthropic arm, the Community Enterprise Foundation." - Quote attributable to Bendigo and Adelaide Bank chief executive Marnie Baker.

Read more about the project at Small Towns Big Difference fund.

Source: Premier of Victoria

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