We recognise that our business community is doing it tough because of the global pandemic. The Victorian Government is always looking for more ways to support more businesses in need. That’s why the Victorian Government’s Small Business COVID Hardship Fund will assist eligible small and medium businesses:
The program offers grants of $10,000 to eligible small and medium businesses, including employing and non-employing businesses. This program will allow more businesses who have previously not received support, to receive financial relief now.
To be eligible, businesses must:
Employing businesses must also:
Businesses should ensure that all relevant registrations are up to date before applying for a grant under this program.
Eligible businesses will receive a grant of $10,000.
Applications are open from Thursday 12 August 2021 until program funds are exhausted or 11:59 pm on Friday 10 September 2021, whichever is earlier.
Check that your details on the Australian Business Register website are correct prior to submitting an application. Incorrect information may delay the assessment of your application.
You can choose to apply for this program in one of three ways:
You must demonstrate a reduction in turnover of at least 70% for a minimum consecutive two-week period since 27 May 2021 as a direct consequence of COVID-19 restrictions, comparable to a benchmark period in 2019.
Businesses should compare their best consecutive two-week trading period between 27 May and 10 September 2019, with their worst consecutive two-week trading period between 27 May and 10 September 2021.
The Victorian Government or our representatives may audit your application, so you will need to produce evidence at the request of the Victorian Government.
If any information in your application is false or misleading, you may be asked to repay the grant.
Please read all the information on this page, the program guidelines and the frequently asked questions before applying.
When applying for this grant you will need:
Incomplete or incorrect information may delay your application assessment. Please ensure you complete the application correctly and provide all relevant documentation.
For more information see frequently asked questions (FAQs).
We will endeavour to process your application and notify you of a successful outcome within 15 business days of receiving a completed application.
There may be delays in notifying you of an outcome if your application:
We will contact you to provide updates on your application or seek additional information to process your application.
We consider the following circumstances when assessing your application:
You can check the status of your application by logging into the Business Victoria Grants Portal.
You can only apply for one grant per ABN. If you have separate ABNs for your businesses, you must submit separate applications for each ABN. Each business or ABN must satisfy all the eligibility criteria.