Business Support Package 
Applications are now open for the Victorian Government's latest business support package, designed to assist certain businesses impacted by the current lockdown. Following the extension to the lockdown for metropolitan businesses and ongoing restrictions for regional businesses, there has been additional funding added to the package.

This includes the Business Costs Assistance Program (Round Two), the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 and the Victorian Events Support Package. Please see below for how to apply for each.


The Business Costs Assistance Program (Round Two)

Eligibility requirements:
Eligibility includes employing and non-employing businesses operating in sectors considered most impacted by the lockdown. This is categorised as businesses who cannot operate under current restrictions and cannot work remotely. A list of eligible business sectors can be found here.

What's available?
A grant of $2,500 is available to eligible applicants in regional Victoria.
A grant of $5,000 is available to eligible applicants in metropolitan Melbourne, or to eligible applicants in regional Victoria who were unable to open due to ongoing restrictions from Friday 3 June 2021.

How do I apply?
Applications are available here and will close on Thursday 24 June 2021.


The Licenced Hospitality Venue Fund 2021

Eligibility requirements:
Eligibility includes businesses holding an eligible liquor licence and food certificate. Further information can be found here.

What's available?
A grant of $3,500 is available to eligible applicants in regional Victoria.
A grant of $7,000 is available to eligible applicants in metropolitan Melbourne.

How do I apply?
You can only submit an application online through the form link sent by Business Victoria to the liquor licensee’s eLicence email address:
• Eligible liquor licensees with an eLicence email address will receive an email containing their grant application link from Business Victoria from Thursday 3 June 2021.
• Liquor licensees without an eLicence email address must set one up on their Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation Liquor Portal by 20 June 2021 to receive their grant application link from Business Victoria within five business days.
Applications will close on Thursday 24 June 2021.


The Victorian Events Support Package

Eligibility requirements:
This package has been designed to support operators in the events industry who have incurred losses due to the current lock down. Specific eligibility requirements have not yet been released.

What's available?
$20 million has been set aside for this package, however individual grant opportunities have not yet been communicated.

How do I apply?
Applications are not yet available, but you can register your interest by subscribing to the Business Victoria Update newsletter. We will also advise when more information becomes available.

Further information can be found on the Business Victoria website.

If you would like further assistance or advice for your business during our current restrictions please feel free to contact us.