Outdoor Eating Business Grants

Business Grants to support businesses adapt to outdoor dining and entertainment

The announced $58 million-dollar Outdoor Eating and Entertainment Grant Package is designed to help businesses adapt their operations to outdoor dining, as a result of the COVID pandemic.

Grants have been made available to licensed and unlicensed hospitality businesses. This includes restaurants, cafes, pubs/taverns, bars, clubs and takeaway food venues.

Businesses who are eligible can apply for a grant of $5,000. Funds are designed to be used for practical matters relating to changing over to outdoor dining. This includes the purchase of: Umbrellas, outdoor furniture, screens and other equipment.

This is designed to elevate the cost of moving your hospitality business from an indoor to an outdoor dining experience.

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What support is available?

Grants of $5,000 have been made available for all eligible hospitality businesses. Working to support them to move from indoor to outdoor dining settings.


Who is eligible for this grant?

To be eligible for a grant under the Outdoor Eating and Entertainment Package, applicants must:

  • operate a business with premises located in Victoria, but not the City of Melbourne (businesses within the City of Melbourne should apply to the Melbourne City Recovery Fund and other business support programs)
  • operate from commercial premises (residential and mobile premises are not eligible for this grant)
  • be an employing business registered with WorkSafe Victoria operate a licensed or unlicensed restaurant, café, pub/tavern, bar, club or takeaway food venue
  • provide details of relevant permits and licences, such as:
    • a valid Class 2 or 3 Service Sector Certificate of Registration under the Food Act 1984 (Vic) issued by a local council and valid in 2020 if the business serves food to patrons; or
    • a relevant liquor licence if a business serves alcohol without food service (e.g. a cellar door or wine bar); or
    • a Class 2 or 3 Service Sector Certificate of Registration under the Food Act 1984 (Vic) and the relevant Liquor Licence if the business serves both food and alcohol to patrons
  • operate a designated space on premises for customers to receive food or alcohol service as at 13 September 2020
  • have access to outdoor areas that the business proposes to use for new, expanded or enhanced outdoor dining and food service
  • hold or have applied for the relevant permits for expanded or enhanced outdoor dining and food service
  • have an annual payroll of up to $3 million in 2019-20 on an ungrouped basis
  • be registered for Goods and Services Tax (GST) on 13 September 2020 hold an Australian Business Number (ABN) and have held that ABN as at 13 September 2020 be registered with the responsible federal or state regulator.

What can grant funds be used for?

Grant funds can be used by businesses for expenditure directly related to safe outdoor dining including, but not limited to:

  • equipment to enable outdoor dining, for example:
    • new and/or replacement tables and chairs
    • safety barriers and screens
    • outdoor umbrellas
    • advertising hoardings and A-frames
    • digital technology to support COVID Safe operations.
  • minor electrical upgrades (for example, installation of outdoor power points);
  • installation of outdoor lighting;
  • minor works such as improving access to an outdoor seating area or installing in ground sleeves to lock down/secure barriers, umbrellas and advertising hoardings;
  • costs associated with obtaining necessary permits and licences for outdoor dining
  • costs associated with obtaining or extending insurances to enable outdoor dining
  • training of owners and staff to adapt to COVID-19 operating environment
  • marketing to promote outdoor dining.

What documentation or evidence do businesses need to provide with their application?

Applicants must declare that they meet the eligibility criteria and intend to adapt their business for new, expanded or enhanced outdoor dining and food service.

Applicants must provide:

  • the registration number of their current Certificate of Registration for the premises issued by the local council under the Victorian Food Act 1984
  • the licence type and number of the relevant liquor licence, if the applicant serves alcohol to patrons
  • their WorkCover Employer Number.

Premises with multiple hospitality businesses

If more than one hospitality business trades from a premises, the grant will be awarded to the business holding a food certificate. If neither business holds a food certificate, the grant will be made to the business with more patrons noted on its liquor licence.


Applicants with multiple businesses

Only one grant per premises is allowed. If an applicant has more than one hospitality premises operating under their ABN, they will be eligible for one grant per premises. A separate application for each premises is required.


How to apply

Applicants must apply online.

All questions in the application must be completed and the requested documentation attached to ensure timely assessment and grant payment.

Applicants must declare that they meet the eligibility criteria and intend to adapt their business for new, expanded or enhanced outdoor dining and food service.

Applicants must agree to complete any post program evaluation survey if requested, for up to one year following issue of the grant.

Applicants may be subject to an audit by the Victorian Government or its representatives, and if requested, will be required to show evidence of how grant funding was spent (such as invoices for equipment purchased) for a period of up to two years after the grant has been approved.

If any information in the application is found to be false or misleading, any grant awarded to the applicant will have to be repaid on demand by the Victorian Government.


Assessing your application

We will endeavour to notify applicants of the outcome of their application within ten business days. However, delays may occur if the application:

  • does not meet all the eligibility criteria
  • does not include the correct evidence or documentation
  • the State Revenue Office  is unable to verify if the business had a payroll of less than $3 million (ungrouped) for the year 2019-2020
  • has been returned for amendments
  • is a duplicate application for the same business premises
  • has incorrect details such as incorrect ABN, WorkCover Employee Number (WEN) and banking details (for successful applicants)
  • does not include current and/or accurate details for relevant regulators or partner agencies (State Revenue Office, ATO or WorkSafe Victoria).

We will also take the following into consideration when assessing applications:

  • an adverse finding by a federal or state regulator regarding the business
  • if the business has been placed under external administration
  • if there is a petition to wind up or deregister the business
  • if the business is deregistered or unregistered (including cancellation or lapse in registration).

Applications Open today 1st of October and Close in 71 days