The Victorian Government has launched a $58 million grants program to help hospitality businesses prepare for COVID Normal by creating safe outdoor dining spaces.
Under the Outdoor Eating and Entertainment Package, eligible businesses can apply for a grant of $5,000 that can be used to pay for practical things like umbrellas, outdoor furniture, screens and other equipment needed for new, expanded or enhanced outdoor dining and food service. Grant funds can also be used to assist businesses with training, marketing and other costs of modifying trading operations to focus on outdoor dining.
Businesses located within the City of Melbourne are not eligible for this package, but can apply for the Melbourne City Recovery Fund.
What is the eligibility criteria?
To be eligible, you must:
- operate a hospitality business with premises located in Victoria but not located in the City of Melbourne local government area
- have an annual payroll of less than $3 million
- hold a valid Class 2 or 3 Service Sector Certificate of Registration under the Food Act 1984 (Vic) and/or a relevant Liquor License
- be registered with WorkSafe
If your business is not eligible for a grant under this program, you may be eligible for support under the Victorian Government’s Business Resilience Package. Information about other support for businesses is available on the Business Victoria coronavirus (COVID-19) business information page.
How do you apply?
Applications are now open and will remain until 11.59pm on 11 December 2020 or until funds are exhausted, whichever is earlier.
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