Note on eligibility

To apply for the Flood Recovery Grant, applicants must first have been successful for the $5000 one-off grant from either the Small Business Immediate Flood Relief Program or the Community Sport Emergency Flood Assistance Program .

If you wish to apply for the grant of up to $50,000 but have difficulties first applying for the $5000 grant, call us on 13 22 15 or register online for support from a Business Relief Adviser.

Program overview

Business and Community Sport Flood Recovery Grants support small businesses, not-for-profit and community sport and active recreation organisations that have suffered direct loss or damage from the 2022 Victorian floods.

The program is jointly funded by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements in relation to the Victorian Floods which commenced in October 2022 (AGRN 1037) (the “2022 Victorian Floods”).

Eligible businesses and organisations must be located within a local government area declared under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangement (‘defined disaster area’).

Important note: Any funds provided through this grant include the $5000 already paid from either the Small Business Immediate Flood Relief Program or the Community Sport Emergency Flood Assistance Program.

You can apply for up to $50,000 in total funding to cover GST exclusive expenses resulting from direct damage to property, assets, stock or equipment. This includes the $5000 you have already received through the previous grant programs outlined above.

The grant has a two-tiered evidentiary structure:

Tier 1

Up to $25,000 is available with evidence of direct damage and an outline of expected recovery costs. To make a claim under Tier 1 you can provide evidence of either estimated or actual costs. You must first apply for Tier 1 before progressing to Tier 2.

Tier 2

Tier 2 encompasses subsequent grant payments totalling over $25,000, up to $50,000, which can be reimbursed with full evidence of payment for recovery costs (tax invoices and official receipts). This evidence of payment must also include any amounts initially claimed under Tier 1, including the initial $5000 grant.

How to claim

To apply for the Flood Recovery Grant, applicants must first have been successful for the $5000 one-off grant from either the Small Business Immediate Flood Relief Program or the Community Sport Emergency Flood Assistance Program.

Please read the program guidelines and frequently asked questions (FAQs) before submitting your application.

If you are having difficulty applying for a grant under this program, the Small Business Immediate Flood Relief Program or the Community Sport Emergency Flood Assistance Program, please call the Business Victoria Hotline for assistance on 13 22 15. Check our contact us page for operating hours.

If you require a translator, please let the operator know and they will call the Translating and Interpreting Service for you.

Applications for this program will close at 4pm on Monday 1 May 2023 or earlier if funds are exhausted. Applications will be assessed on a first-in, first-served basis.

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Eligibility

This program supports small businesses, not-for-profit and community sport and active recreation organisations that have suffered direct loss or damage from the 2022 Victorian floods.

To apply for the Flood Recovery Grant, applicants must first have been successful for the $5000 one-off grant from either the Small Business Immediate Flood Relief Program or the Community Sport Emergency Flood Assistance Program.

If you wish to apply for the grant of up to $50,000 but have difficulties first applying for the $5000 grant, call us on 13 22 15 or register online for support from a Business Relief Adviser.

To be eligible for a grant, all applicants must have met, and continue to meet, the eligibility criteria for either the Small Business Immediate Flood Relief Program or the Community Sport Emergency Flood Assistance Program.

Additional eligibility criteria apply depending on the applicant type as outlined below. Full details of the eligibility criteria and conditions are included in the program guidelines. Applicants must meet these to be successful under the program.

Businesses and organisations will be ineligible for a grant if any information in their application is found to be deliberately false, misleading or fraudulent. Providing inaccurate, untrue, or misleading information may result in an offence being committed and serious penalties may apply.

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Small business or not-for-profit applicants must:

  • be a sole trader or business employing fewer than 20 full time equivalent employees
  • hold an active ABN on and from 14 October 2022
  • be registered for GST on and from 14 October 2022
  • be a small business located within a local government area deemed eligible for assistance under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangement (‘defined disaster area’)
  • have been engaged in carrying on their business when affected by floods
  • have suffered direct damage to premises and/or tools of trade (e.g. equipment, plant)
  • intend to re-establish the business in the same community, region or sector as the defined disaster area (local government area)
  • be primarily responsible for meeting the costs claimed
  • provide satisfactory evidence of the loss or damage

The applicant business must be a legal entity registered in Victoria on and from 14 October 2022 and any of the following:

  • a company (including an Aboriginal corporation)
  • a trustee on behalf of a trust (where the trust is the eligible business)
  • sole trader and partnerships
  • a not-for-profit company or incorporated association.

For sole traders and businesses with no employees, the business owner must derive at least 50 per cent of their income from the business. Evidence must be provided, see Evidence and documentation.

Not-for-profit organisations must be registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission (ACNC) or an equivalent State/Territory regulatory body and have held that registration at the time of the eligible disaster.

Community sport and active recreation organisations must:

  • deliver a sport or activity that is a person-centric physical activity. This includes active recreation organisations that encourage people to participate in nature-based, outdoor activities (including sporting activities at camps)
  • be non-government and not-for-profit
  • be located within a local government area deemed eligible for assistance under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangement (‘defined disaster area’)
  • have been engaged in carrying on their function when affected by floods
  • have suffered direct damage to premises and/or tools of trade (e.g. equipment, plant)
  • intend to re-establish in the same community, region or sector as the defined disaster area (local government area)
  • be primarily responsible for meeting the costs claimed
  • provide satisfactory evidence of the loss or damage.

The applicant organisation must be a legal entity delivering in Victoria and any of the following:

  • incorporated association
  • company limited by guarantee
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation.

Businesses, not-for-profit or community sport and active recreation organisations located outside an eligible location may still apply if, for example, they operate on a part-time or regular basis within an eligible local government area (defined disaster area) and that business’ property, plant and/or equipment were damaged.

Where two or more independent and separately owned and registered businesses or organisations operate from the same premises, each applicant may receive the maximum available grant amount providing they are:

  • independently eligible for the grant
  • claiming for different expenses to other applicant/s operating on the same premises
  • claiming expenses that are essential to the operation of their small business or not-for-profit organisations.

Small businesses or not-for-profit organisations which are part of a national chain must demonstrate that they operate through a separate legal entity to be eligible. Franchises may be eligible. Small businesses and not-for-profit organisations must be locally registered or operated, however, owners may reside outside the community, region or sector of the defined disaster area for the eligible disaster.

Eligible local government areas

Eligible local government areas are also referred to as defined disaster areas impacted by the 2022 Victorian floods.

See the full list of eligible local government areas.

Program guidelines

Business and Community Sport Flood Recovery Grants Guidelines (PDF 371.61 KB)PDF icon

Business and Community Sport Flood Recovery Grants Guidelines (DOCX 1285.39 KB)DOCX icon

Grant amount

Important note: Any funds provided through this grant include the $5000 already paid from either the Small Business Immediate Flood Relief Program or the Community Sport Emergency Flood Assistance Program.

You can apply for up to $50,000 in total funding to cover GST exclusive expenses resulting from direct damage to property, assets, stock or equipment. This includes the $5000 you have already received through the previous grant programs outlined above.

The grant has a two-tiered evidentiary structure:

Tier 1

Up to $25,000 is available with evidence of direct damage and an outline of expected recovery costs.

To make a claim under Tier 1 you can provide evidence of either estimated or actual costs. You must first apply for Tier 1 before progressing to Tier 2.

To apply under Tier 1, you must have expenses more than $5000 (excl. GST), because the original $5000 you received under the Small Business Immediate Flood Relief Program or the Community Sport Emergency Flood Assistance Program is included in this grant.

When you apply, you must have and retain evidence of either estimated or actual costs for all claims up to $25,000 (excl. GST). You must provide a statutory declaration at the time of your application that includes an inventory of the claimed damage – this includes details to support the claims made under either the $5000 Small Business Immediate Flood Relief Program or the Community Sport Emergency Flood Assistance Program when you apply. We will contact you when assessing your application to ensure you have sufficient evidence for your claim.

You must retain all evidence of how the money was spent (e.g., receipts and invoices) for at least four years from receipt of payment.

Tier 2

Tier 2 encompasses subsequent grant payments totalling over $25,000, up to $50,000, which can be reimbursed with full evidence of payment for recovery costs (tax invoices and official receipts). This evidence of payment must also include any amounts initially claimed under Tier 1, including the initial $5000 grant.

You must retain all evidence of how the money was spent (e.g., receipts and invoices) for at least four years from receipt of payment.

How to claim

You can make up to three total claims under the program so long as the total amount you apply for does not exceed $50,000 (excl. GST). You will first need to apply for expenses up to $25,000 (excl. GST) under Tier 1. Up to a total of two subsequent claims can be made under either:

  1. Tier 1 (if the total cumulative amount claimed is $25,000 (excl. GST) or less)
  2. Tier 2 (if the total cumulative amount claimed exceeds $25,000 (excl. GST).

To apply for the Flood Recovery Grant, applicants must first have been successful for the $5000 one-off grant from either the Small Business Immediate Flood Relief Program or the Community Sport Emergency Flood Assistance Program.

Each application or claim must be approved before you can submit another claim.

Details on how to make a second or third claim will be made available at the time your successful Tier 1 payment is processed.

Grant funding must be used to cover expenses arising from the direct damage caused by flooding to the applicant’s property, assets, stock or equipment.

Businesses will not be eligible to receive funding under this program if they have received support under the Primary Producer Flood Relief Program.

What you need for your application

To apply you will need to:

  • meet the eligibility criteria
  • provide proof of identity
  • attest that those costs have not been claimed and are not claimable under insurance
  • for Tier 1 claims (up to $25,000) – submit a statutory declaration outlining an estimate of costs using the template provided. We will contact you to provide evidence of the direct damage and evidence of cost estimates (e.g. photos, quotes, reports) when we are assessing your application
  • for Tier 2 claims (over $25,000) – you must first be approved for Tier 1 before applying. We will contact you to provide evidence of payment (tax invoices and receipts – including for all previous payments made) when we are assessing your application.
  • If your business is a non-employing business (e.g. sole trader who has no employees), you must provide a letter from ‘Qualified Agent’ attesting that at least 50 per cent of your income derives from the business (using the required template for this program)
  • If you are not the authorised representatives to apply on behalf of the organisation, you must provide a letter of authority (using the required template for this program) from the authorised representative.

You must keep evidence supporting your claim for audit purposes for four years from receipt of the grant. Evidence of payment for the cumulative total claimed must be provided to apply for any Tier 1 or Tier 2 funding.

Evidence and documentation

Your application will require you to provide additional evidence or documentation.

To find out what you need to provide with your application, see the section above on what you need for your application.

To access templates to support your application and claims,  see the required evidence and documentation templates.

If you don’t provide the required evidence and documentation, the department may reject your application.

You must retain all evidence of how the money was spent (e.g., receipts and invoices) for at least four years from receipt of payment.

Proof of identity

Your proof of identity document can be one of the following:

  • Victorian driver licence or learner permit
  • Australian passport
  • Medicare card
  • foreign passport for those issued with an Australian visa.

If you have lost or had documents destroyed due to the floods, see I have lost or cannot access my identity documents due to the floods. What should I do?.

If you are having difficulty and need any assistance completing your application, please call the Business Victoria Hotline on 13 22 15. The hotline operates seven days a week. You can also email info@business.vic.gov.au

If you require a translator, please let the operator know and they will call the Translating and Interpreting Service for you.

If you are having trouble uploading your identification or need help, please refer to the proof of identity verification user guide.

You can check the status of your application by logging into the Business Victoria Grants Portal.

How to apply

You can apply using the ‘Apply now’ button on this page.

Please ensure you have all required documentation, including preparing any required templates before applying. Check the applicant’s details are correct on the Australian Business Register website prior to applying.

Please note: organisations that backdate their GST registration date will not be eligible

Step 1: apply for, and receive notification of your success, for the $5000 one-off grant from either the Small Business Immediate Flood Relief Program or the Community Sport Emergency Flood Assistance Program.

Step 2: complete the Business and Community Sport Flood Recovery Grants online application.

Step 3: the department will assess your application against the eligibility criteria, and will contact you for any additional evidence needed to complete the assessment

Step 4: the department will notify you of your assessment outcome

Step 5: once your initial application and claim has been approved and processed, you will be provided with a unique link to enable you to make subsequent claims if required.

The Victorian Government or our representatives may audit your application. You will need to produce relevant evidence at the request of the government.

Providing inaccurate, untrue, or misleading information may result in an offence being committed and serious penalties may apply.

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.

Get help completing your application

If you are having difficulty applying for a grant under this program, the Small Business Immediate Flood Relief Program or the Community Sport Emergency Flood Assistance Program, please call the Business Victoria Hotline for assistance on 13 22 15. For Hotline operating hours, please check out Contact us page.

If you require a translator, please let the operator know and they will call the Translating and Interpreting Service for you.

You can also access the Business Relief Service, which offers free, confidential, one-on-one support from a local Business Relief Adviser, either via phone or on the ground.

Business Relief Advisers can help you connect with relevant support services and help you with your next steps towards recovery.

To arrange a call from a Business Relief Adviser, you can register online or call the Business Victoria hotline on 13 22 15.

Assessing your application

Applications will be carefully considered and assessed against the application outcomes of the Small Business Immediate Flood Recovery Program or Community Sport Emergency Flood Assistance Program, as well as the eligibility criteria and program guidelines.

Please note there may be longer processing times and delays in notifying you of your outcome if:

  • you do not meet the eligibility criteria
  • your application is incomplete
  • your application has incorrect information, such as ABN or bank details (for successful applicants)
  • your application does not include current or accurate information registered with relevant regulators or partner agencies, such as the ABR, State Revenue Office, ACNC or WorkSafe
  • we need further information to verify or validate the application and claim for funding
  • we are having trouble contacting you
  • if exceptionally high volumes of applications are submitted within a short period of time
  • your application is submitted during the summer holiday period (between 23 December 2022 and 6 January 2023).

Second or third claims may take significantly longer to process as the Department will prioritise the first-time claim of all applicants over supplementary claims.

We will contact you to seek more information to assist with processing your application or to provide necessary updates about your application.

You can check the status of your application by logging into the Business Victoria Grants Portal.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Read the full list of FAQs

Additional FAQs for businesses can also be found on the Small Business Immediate Flood Relief Program FAQ page.

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