On 18th October 2021 the Premier of Victoria announced that the Victorian government will provide support to businesses and communities to breathe new life into local neighbourhood with the $54.5 million Outdoor Economy Package.  The package will support the costs for thousands of businesses for the setup of street trading, and back councils to provide the necessary infrastructure and support.
 
COVIDSafe Outdoor Activation Voucher Program

This program will provide $14.5 million to more than 7,000 Victorian businesses, community organisations, not for profits and trade associations with $2,000 grants when they spend at least that amount to support initiatives such as outdoor hospitality and entertainment.

The vouchers will be valid for expenses including purchasing and hiring marquees, screens and umbrellas, obtaining insurance and promoting outdoor operations.  20 per cent of the vouchers will be allocated in regional Victoria.

Hairdressers, beauty services, retail shops, dance studios and gyms will also be eligible to apply for vouchers, meaning they can join restaurants, cafes and bars in harnessing the opportunities of kerbside trading. The Voucher Program will open soon and will be delivered by Business Victoria in partnership with Service Victoria.
 
COVIDSafe Outdoor Activation Fund 

The Fund will allocate $20.5 million so councils can provide immediate assistance to businesses to operate outdoors, through physical improvements such as new street furniture, landscaping, marquees, planter boxes and public art, as well as entertainment to bring our outdoor precincts to life.

Funding will be allocated based on the level of business activity, with metropolitan councils to receive between $300,000 and $800,000, regional councils $300,000–$500,000 and rural councils $100,000–$250,000.

Councils will also receive a share of $19.5 million to establish semi-permanent and permanent outdoor precincts.

The Fund will provide maximum benefit to businesses with councils encouraged to use part of their allocation to waive permit fees and related charges. Councils will be required to agree not to create or impose any new or net additional fees or charges to businesses to use new or upgraded outdoor spaces.
 
Melbourne City Recovery Fund and Melbourne City Revitalisation Fund 

The City of Melbourne will continue to be supported separately through the $100 million Melbourne City Recovery Fund and the $200 million Melbourne City Revitalisation Fund – the Government is working with the City of Melbourne to devise a program of direct support for businesses to establish and enhance outdoor operations.
 
Further guidelines will be release on the Business Victoria website soon. 

For further details please refer to the website of the Premier of Victoria

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