Updated 11/5/20.

If you are a small business or not-for-profit impacted by COVID-19 you may be eligible for a $10,000 grant, but hurry- applications close June 1! 

The $500 million Business Support Fund from the Victorian Government is designed to help small businesses survive and keep people in work, and has recently been expanded.

It was originally for sectors such as retail, tourism, hospitality, accommodation and the arts, but now includes businesses eligible for the JobKeeper Payment (excluding sole traders).

Businesses that have already applied will be contacted, but new applications close on 1st June, and $150 million has already been paid out of this fund (as of 8/5/20). If you think you may be eligible we encourage businesses to apply ASAP!

Your business is eligible if you: 

  • Employ staff 
  • Have been subject to closure or is highly impacted by shutdown restrictions announced by the Victorian Government to-date.  
  • Have a turnover of more than $75,000  
  • Have payroll of less than $650,000. 
  • Held an ABN and were engaged in business on 16 March 2020 (date of the State of Emergency declaration).

We were also pleased to see the Victorian Government’s announcement that $40 million from this fund will be used to establish the Night-time Economy Business Support Initiative – created to assist licenced venues with an individual annual turnover of up to $50 million, but who are not covered by the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme, for rent relief. For more information and to check your eligibility, click here.

The Fund is part of the Victorian Government’s $1.7 billion Economic Survival Package. You can access the guidelines and eligibility criteria on the Business Victoria website.

We’ve pulled out the key “in a nutshell” information on each government package in our regularly updated Quick Reference Guide, alongside other support initiatives from banks and the ATO. 

If you’re a local business in need of free, independent and confidential 1:1 support on which packages you may be eligible for, our Small Business Assistance and Support Officer, Colin Thompson can help.  Contact our team to arrange a chat with Colin, and discuss other ways we may be are able to offer assistance.   


P: 0429 578 216 

You can access the Quick Reference Guide and other resources on our Business & Tourism Support Hub,and local businesses should join the Greater Hamilton Business & Tourism COVID-19 Facebook Group and stay connected.