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Business Support Fund - Expansion VIC

The Business Support Fund - Expansion provides funding to businesses affected by the return to Stage 4 and Stage 3 restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria.

Close date: 14 Sep 2020 12:00 AM AEST.

What do you get?

One-off grants of either $5000 or $10,000.

Who is this for?

Eligible Victorian businesses affected by the return to Stage 3 and Stage 4 restrictions.


The following one-off grants are available to eligible businesses to help them get through to the other side of the lockdown:

  • $10,000 for employing employing businesses in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire in recognition of spending longer under restrictions
  • $5000 for employing businesses in regional local government areas (except Mitchell Shire)

Funding may be used to:

  • meet business costs, including utilities, salaries or rent
  • seek financial, legal or other advice to support business continuity planning
  • develop the business through marketing and communications activities
  • support any other activities related to the operation of the business

What are the eligibility criteria?

Businesses can apply where they meet all the criteria listed below. They must:

  • operate a business located in metropolitan Melbourne or regional Victoria
  • be a participant in the Commonwealth Government’s JobKeeper Payment scheme
  • employ people
  • be registered with WorkSafe on 30 June 2020
  • have an annual payroll of less than $3 million in 2019-20 on an ungrouped basis
  • be registered for goods and services tax (GST) as at 30 June 2020
  • hold an Australian business number (ABN) and have held that ABN at 30 June 2020
  • be registered with the responsible Federal or State regulator

Businesses that have received funding from other components of the Victorian Government’s Economic Survival Package are eligible to apply for this program.

Business owners that do not employ people (non-employing businesses) are not eligible for funding through this program.

How do you apply?

You can find out more about eligibility and how to apply at Business Support Fund - Expansion.

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