The Victorian Government initially launched the $250.7 million Circuit Breaker Business Support Package to assist small to medium businesses and sole traders, under the circuit breaker restrictions announced on 27 May 2021. Yesterday, with the extended lockdown announcement, the Victorian Government announced the expansion of this package with a new allocation of up to $209.3 million across the Business Cost Assistance Program and the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund, taking the total package to $460 million. The package will support businesses unable to operate due to these necessary public health measures, including targeted support for the events industry.
The package includes:
Business Costs Assistance Program
The Victorian Government’s $371 million Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two will assist eligible small to medium businesses most affected by the restrictions announced on Thursday 27 May 2021 and extended beyond Thursday 3 June 2021.
The program offers grants of up to $5,000 to eligible small and medium businesses, including employing and non-employing businesses. The grants will support businesses in eligible sectors directly impacted by restrictions.
To be eligible, businesses must:
Employing businesses must also:
For a list of eligible sectors please see the list of eligible ANZSIC classes.
Information for other or previous grant recipients:
Businesses that receive a grant under the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 are not eligible for a grant under this program.
Businesses that meet the eligibility criteria and have received assistance through the previous three rounds of the Business Support Fund, payroll tax rebate/waiver, or other COVID-19 business support programs are eligible to apply for a grant under this program.
For more information see frequently asked questions (FAQs) .
Eligible businesses will receive a one-off payment of $2,500 or $5,000.
The grant amount payable to an eligible business is determined by:
Information you need for your application
When applying for this grant you will need:
Incomplete or incorrect information may delay your application assessment. Please complete the application correctly and provide all relevant documentation.
Applicants with multiple businesses
You can only apply for one grant per ABN. If you have separate ABNs for your businesses, you must submit separate applications for each ABN. Each business or ABN must satisfy all the eligibility criteria.
How to apply
The program will open for applications on today and open until 11:59pm Thursday 24 June 2021.
You can access the application here.
Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021
The $70 million Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 supports eligible licensed hospitality venues.
Grants of $3,500 for businesses with a premises in regional Victoria and $7,000 for businesses with a premises in metropolitan Melbourne will be available to eligible liquor licensees operating a restaurant, hotel, café, pub, bar, club, or reception centre that is registered to serve food and alcohol.
Applications for a grant can only be submitted through the link emailed by Business Victoria.
Before you submit an application, please read all the information on this page, including the program guidelines and the frequently asked questions (FAQs). Applicants must also ensure they have the required documentation before applying.
Liquor licensees who have received their application form link from Business Victoria are eligible to apply.
To be eligible for a grant, an applicant must also:
Businesses who hold a food certificate but do not hold a liquor licence are not eligible for a grant under this program. Businesses who hold a liquor licence but do not have a food certificate for the same premises are also not eligible for a grant under this program.
Businesses can only receive a grant from either the Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two or the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021, not both.
If you submit applications to both programs and are found to be eligible under both programs, you will only receive one grant.
You should check your eligibility for both programs before deciding to apply.
If you have received funding through previous business support programs, you may also qualify for this grant if you meet all the eligibility criteria.
Eligible businesses will receive $3,500 per premises in regional Victoria.
Eligible businesses will receive $7,000 per premises in metropolitan Melbourne.
The funds may be used to assist with:
How to apply
You can only submit an application online through the form link sent by Business Victoria to the liquor licensee’s eLicence email address.
Liquor licensees without an eLicence email address must set one up on the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation Liquor Portal by 20 June 2021 to receive a grant application form link from Business Victoria.
You must complete all questions in the application form and attach all requested documentation to ensure a timely assessment and grant payment.
Only one application is permitted per premises. A business must submit a separate application for each premises if it has more than one premises under the same ABN.
Applications must be submitted before 11:59pm on 24 June 2021.
Victorian Events Support Package
The $20 million package dedicated to supporting operators in the events industry who have incurred losses due to the circuit-breaker restrictions. The details of this package are still to be announced.
Should you have any questions or need any help applying for the grant, or ensuring you receive all available assistance, please reach out to our team at Rose Partners and we will do our best to assist.
The Team at Rose Partners