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Hospitality Business Grant Program

Supporting food service businesses that were affected by previous Stage 3 and Stage 4 ‘Stay at Home’ restrictions to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Victoria.

About the Program

This program supports food service businesses that were affected by the previous Stage 3 and Stage 4 ‘Stay at Home’ restrictions to help slow the spread coronavirus (COVID-19) in Victoria.

Eligible businesses will be provided with a one-off, $25,000 grant to pay for business costs to support the continued operation of the business. An additional $5,000 is available for each additional premises located within metropolitan Melbourne or Mitchell Shire, capped at a total of $20,000.

Eligible businesses with premises located in Melbourne CBD (postcodes 3000, 3005, 3006 and 3008) will also be eligible for an additional $20,000 grant to help them through the large and sustained shock to their trading environments.

Applications are now open. Please download a copy of the program guidelines and read the information carefully before applying. Further information is also available on the FAQs page.

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What support is available?

Food service businesses that were affected by the return to Stay at Home restrictions may be eligible for a one-off, $25,000 grant under the Hospitality Business Grant Program.

Where an eligible business operates more than one premises, the business may be eligible for an additional grant amount of $5,000 for each additional premise in Victoria capped at a total of $20,000 (excluding GST).

An additional grant of $20,000 will also be available to eligible businesses operating in a CBD location with the postcodes 3000 (Melbourne), 3005 (World Trade Centre), 3006 (Southbank) and 3008 (Docklands).

What are the eligibility requirements for this grant?

To be eligible for a grant, your business must:

  • Operate a business with premises located in Victoria; and
  • Operate a restaurant, cafe, pub, bar, club, reception centre, coffee and dessert outlet or takeaway food venue that serves patrons and hold a Class 2 or 3 Service Sector – Certificate of Registration under the Food Act 1984 (Vic); and
  • Have an annual payroll of greater than $3 million and lower than $10 million in
    2019-20; and
  • Be registered for Goods and Services Tax (GST) on 30 June 2020; and
  • Hold an Australian Business Number (ABN) and have held that ABN at 30 June 2020; and
  • Be registered with the responsible Federal or State regulator.

Please note businesses that have received funding under the Victorian Live Music Venues Program and/or the Business Support Fund - Expansion program are not eligible for funding through this program.

How do I apply?

You must apply online.

Please complete all questions in the application and provide any requested documentation to ensure timely assessment and grant payment.

The Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions will endeavour to notify all applicants on the outcome of their submitted application within 10 business days.

What evidence do I need to provide as of my application?

You must certify that you meet all the eligibility criteria.

You must make sure your Australian Business Number (ABN) registration information is up-to-date and current at the time of application.

You must provide evidence of the location of the premises where you conduct your business operations, including registration under the Victorian Food Act 1984 through the provision of the most recent Certificate of Registration. The Certificate must be valid as at 30 June 2020.

For businesses with more than one venue, you are required to provide an organisational structure of your business, including subsidiaries and holding companies related to the business.

You may be asked to provide further information at the discretion of the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions. This could include utility bills for the premises where you operate.

You are subject to a risk assessment which verifies business details provided with the Australian Securities and Investment Commission, Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission, Australian Business Register, Consumer Affairs Victoria, Local Councils, the Department of Health and Human Services and/or other applicable regulator.

Please read the guidelines for more information on evidence of eligibility and compliance.

How will applications be assessed for eligibility?

Funding will be allocated through a grant process. Applicants apply for:

  • a grant of $25,000 (excluding GST)
  • an extra $5,000 for each additional premises located within Victoria (capped at $20,000)
  • an extra $20,000 for businesses operating premises in the CBD.

As part of the assessment process, evidence provided by applicants is subject to a crosscheck with other government departments and agencies including, but not limited to, the Department of Health and Human Services, ASIC, Australian Business Register, Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation, State Revenue Office, local councils and Worksafe.

The following circumstances are also taken into consideration in the decision to award a grant:

  • Any adverse findings by a regulator regarding a business;
  • A business is placed under external administration;
  • There is a petition to wind up or deregister a company or business; and
  • The business is or becomes deregistered or unregistered (including cancellation or lapse in registration).

What is defined as a business?

A business - as defined by its ABN - can only receive one grant under this Fund.

Relevant regulators are the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC); the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission (ACNC); Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV); the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Local Councils and the Australian Business Register.

How can the funding be used?

Examples of what the grant funds may be used include:

  • Meeting business costs, including utilities, salaries or rent
  • Seeking financial, legal or other advice to support business continuity planning
  • Developing the business through marketing and communications activities
  • Any other supporting activities related to the operation of the business.

If any information in the application is found to be false or misleading, or grants are not applied for the purposes of the business in accordance with the terms of funding as set out in these guidelines and attached application, the grant will be repayable on demand.

More information

If you have further queries about this program, please refer to the Hospitality Business Grant Program FAQs page. For further assistance please contact us or call 13 22 15.

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