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Melbourne City Recovery Fund

Supporting businesses in Melbourne’s CBD to adapt and prepare for reopening under COVID Normal settings.

Program overview

Applications are now open for business grants of up to $10,000 as part of the Melbourne City Recovery Fund — a partnership between the Victorian Government and the City of Melbourne to reshape Melbourne’s CBD.

The $100 million Melbourne City Recovery Fund will support Melbourne’s CBD prepare for a COVID Normal reopening in the lead up to the summer season and Christmas. The fund includes:

  • $30 million to support businesses with an immediate allocation of $10 million worth of grants of up to $10,000 for eligible small and medium businesses to pay for equipment, convert spaces like rooftops and courtyards into hospitality zones and remodel internal layouts to allow for the better flow of patrons.
  • $30 million to support COVIDSafe events and cultural activities to attract visitors back to the CBD when it is safe to do so.
  • $40 million towards providing physical improvements to the CBD streetscape, which could include wider footpaths, bollards and street planter boxes.

While the program is targeting hospitality businesses, other businesses that have a physical business location within the City of Melbourne are eligible to apply. Applications are open now. Visit City of Melbourne website to find out more.

The Melbourne City Recovery Fund is being administered by the City of Melbourne under the joint guidance of the Victorian Government and the City of Melbourne.

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