Hospitality Sector:
Victorian Government Support Programs 

The Victorian Government has launched three targeted initiatives to support the many bars, pubs, clubs and restaurants who have been heavily impacted.

For further details please refer to the following link:

CBD Small Hospitality Grant 

The CBD Small Hospitality Grant provides additional support to small and medium hospitality businesses in Melbourne Central Business District (CBD) that have previously received a grant from the Business Support Fund – Expansion program.

Eligible businesses will be provided with a one-off grant of either $5,000 (for businesses with a food service seating capacity in the CBD of 11 to 100 seats) or $15,000 (for businesses with a food service seating capacity in the CBD of 101 or more seats) to help with the continued operation of their business.

All applicants must read the program guidelines, the information on this page as well as the FAQs page before submitting their application.

CBD Small Hospitality Program Guidelines (PDF 247.67 KB)PDF icon

CBD Small Hospitality Program Guidelines (DOCX 1514.6 KB)DOCX icon

Hospitality Business Grant Program 

This program supports food service businesses that employed staff and have an annual payroll of $3 million and up to $10 million in 2019/2020 and have been affected by the return to Stage 3 and Stage 4 ‘Stay at Home’ restrictions to help slow the spread of 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)PDF icon

Hospitality Business Grant Program (DOCX 1518.01 KB)DOCX icon

Night-time Economy Business Support Initiative 

Licensed venues with an annual turnover of $50 million or more that operate as a business group, and are not eligible for the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme, can now access the Night-time Economy Business Support Initiative

This program provides reimbursements of up to $20,000 per group for expenses incurred in obtaining specialist business and tenancy advice between 29 March 2020 and 1 June 2020.

Under this initiative, business groups that have attempted to negotiate with their landlord in good faith but have not been able to reach agreement may also be eligible for commercial rent hardship payments of up to $150,000.

Visit Support for Victorian Hospitality Business to find out which of these programs is best for your business. 

Night-time Economy Business Support Initiative Guidelines (PDF 211.52 KB)PDF icon

We recognise this is a very difficult time. Thank you for continuing to play your part in helping to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) by following the advice of Victoria’s Chief Health Officer