Small Business Bushfire Recovery Grant VIC

The Small Business Bushfire Recovery Grant provides small businesses and non-profit organisations in eligible areas with funding to help with clean-up and immediate restoration costs.


The grant is no longer available

What do you get?

Funding of up to $50,000.

Who is this for?

Small businesses or non-profit organisations located in eligible bushfire-affected regions.


Funding is to help pay costs of clean-up and reinstatement of your small business or non-profit organisation. This could include:

  • paying tradespeople to do safety inspections
  • equipment and materials required for cleaning up
  • the removal and disposal of damaged goods and materials 
  • repairing premises and internal fittings
  • hiring equipment and/or replacing stock needed to resume operations.

Costs that are not eligible include:

  • expenses covered under your small business or non-profit organisation's insurance policy
  • loss of income.

The maximum amount of funding is $50,000. This includes up to:

  • $25,000 for an initial claim – you'll need evidence of direct damage such as photographs, quotations, tax invoices or official receipts
  • $25,000 for a subsequent claim – you'll need evidence of full payment of costs.

What are the eligibility criteria?

To be eligible, you must:

  • have an Australian business number (ABN)
  • have held that ABN at the time of the eligible disaster
  • own a small business located in a defined disaster area
  • have been carrying on the small business at the time of the bushfire
  • be intending to re-establish your small business in the same community or region
  • have suffered direct bushfire damage to your business and be responsible for the costs of repair or replacement
  • be a registered business with less than 20 full time (or equivalent) employees
  • earn more than 50% of your gross income from the business.

How do you apply?

You can find out more about eligibility and how to apply at Small Business Bushfire Recovery Grant.

Funding to help Victorian businesses and non-profit organisations recover from bushfire damage