COVID-19: Government Grants

The following grants are on offer for businesses affected by Corona Virus restrictions.


Circuit Breaker Action Business Support Package

  1. Business Costs Assistance Program – grants of $2,000 for small businesses, including sole traders, regardless of whether they employ people or not. Applications for this grant end on 15th March 2021.
  2. Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund – one-off payment of $3,000 to assist businesses to cover costs incurred by the circuit breaker lockdown.
  3. Victorian Accommodation Support Program – if your accommodation business experienced cancellations due to the circuit breaker lockdown, you may be eligible for one of two payments, $2,250 or $4,500.
  4. Travel Voucher Schemes – there are now 2 new voucher schemes available to encourage Victorians to travel across the state. There is one for Melbourne with 40,000 x $200 vouchers on offer and one for regional Victoria with 10,000 x $200 vouchers to support the regional travel industry.

Victorian Government Support

Potential funding of $10K per business is available via application here:

Sole Trader Support Fund – for non-employing sole traders to help their transition to COVID normal. Apply here:

Outdoor Eating and Entertainment Package Business Grants – to support businesses to adapt to outdoor dining and entertainment. Apply here:

Business Grants for Melbourne Businesses

The City of Melbourne is offering the following grants:

  • Up to $5K for investing on online and e-commerce activities
  • Up to $2K for training and professional development
  • Up to $10K for capital works

Apply here:

Melbourne City Recovery Fund – supporting businesses in Melbourne’s CBD to adapt and prepare for reopening under COVID Normal settings. See here


Business Grants for NSW Businesses

Businesses can apply for grants of up to $10K to assist in paying for utilities, overheads, legal costs and financial advice. Eligibility requirements are as follows:

  • Have 1-19 employees
  • Have a turnover of more than $75K
  • Payroll must be below the $900K payroll tax threshold
  • As of 1 March 2020, have an Australian Business Number and employ staff
  • Be extremely impacted by COVID-19 restrictions
  • Be able to provide required documentation at application

Apply here:


Business Improvement Grant

NT Government will supply one $10K grant and a second $10K grant if a business contributes $10K of their own. Here are the details:

  • Each business will receive only one grant to be used to complete jobs on the business premises.
  • Grants should be used to improve the business (land and/or building) which will in turn assist with business process efficiencies.
  • Grants can be applied for from 13th April 2020.

Apply here:


$10K Emergency Cash Grants for Small Businesses

Small businesses and not-for-profit entities that employ South Australians who have been highly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible to receive a $10,000 grant to support the operation of their business.

See here for further information and how to apply:


Various Grants and Loans

The Tasmanian Government is offering several levels of business support, grants and loans. See here:


Various Grants and Assistance

The WA Government are offering $17,500 grants for small businesses with a payroll between $1M and $4M. See more information here:

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