This program supports food service businesses that have been affected by the return to 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.
Hospitality Business Grant Program (PDF 277.35 KB)
Food service businesses that are 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).
To be eligible for a grant, your business must:
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.
You must apply onlineExternal link (opens in same window).
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.
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.
Funding will be allocated through a grant process. Applicants apply for:
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:
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.
Examples of what the grant funds may be used include:
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.