Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund VIC

The Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund provides funding to hospitality businesses to help them survive the recent circuit breaker actions.

Close date: 24 Jun 2021.

What do you get?

Funding of $7,000 for businesses in metropolitan Melbourne.

Funding of $3,500 for businesses in regional Victoria.

Who is this for?

Victorian hospitality businesses.


Funding is available to support liquor licensees operating a pub, club, hotel, cafe, bar, restaurant or reception centre to help them survive through ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions.

Grants may be used to:

  • meet business costs, including utilities, salaries or rent
  • seek financial, legal or other advice to support business continuity planning
  • develop the business through marketing and communications activities
  • help with any other supporting activities related to the operation of the business.

What are the eligibility criteria?

Liquor licensees who have received their application form link from Business Victoria are eligible to apply.

To be eligible, applicants must also:

  • operate a licensed bar, restaurant, pub, club, hotel, café or reception centre that is registered to serve food and alcohol (Premises) located in Victoria on 27 May 2021
  • hold a general or late night (general), full club, restaurant and cafe, producer’s or on-premises or late night (on-premises) liquor licence as of 27 May 2021
  • provide a Class 2 or 3 Service Sector Certificate of Registration under the Food Act 1984 that is valid in 2021 for serving food on the same premises
  • be registered for goods and services tax (GST) on 27 May 2021
  • hold an Australian business number (ABN) and have held that ABN at 27 May 2021
  • be registered with the responsible Commonwealth or Victorian regulator.

How do you apply?

Eligible liquor licensees with an eLicence email address will receive an email containing their grant application link from Business Victoria from Thursday 3 June 2021.

Liquor licensees without an eLicence email address must set one up on their Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation Liquor Portal by 20 June 2021 to receive their grant application link from Business Victoria within 5 business days.

Find out more about eligibility and how to apply at Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund.

Funding for Victorian hospitality businesses through COVID-19 restrictions