Applications are now closed

Applications closed at 11:59pm on Friday 20 August 2021.

Program overview

The Victorian Government’s $38.6 million Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 July Extension supports eligible licensed hospitality venues that were affected by the COVID-19 restrictions announced on 15 July 2021, but did not apply for the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 in June 2021.

Eligible businesses will be invited to apply for grants of $7200 for each eligible premises.

Eligible liquor licensees with an eLicence email address registered with the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) will receive an email containing their grant application link from Business Victoria.

Applications closed at 11:59pm on Friday 20 August 2021.

If you have questions about a submitted application, please read the frequently asked questions (FAQs) or call the Business Victoria hotline on 13 22 15.

Program guidelines

Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 July Extension Guidelines (PDF 315.26 KB)PDF icon

Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 July Extension Guidelines (DOCX 1527.35 KB)DOCX icon

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Read the full list of FAQs.

Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 July Extension in languages other than English

For information in languages other than English please see below:

Eligibility criteria

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

To be eligible for a grant, businesses must also:

  • operate a licensed bar, restaurant, pub, club, hotel, café or reception centre that is registered to serve food and alcohol (Premises) in Victoria on 15 July 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 on 15 July 2021
  • provide a Class 2 or 3 Service Sector Certificate of Registration under the Food Act 1984 that is valid in 2020 or 2021 for serving food on the same premises
  • be registered for goods and services tax (GST) on 15 July 2021
  • hold an Australian Business Number (ABN) and have held that ABN on 15 July 2021
  • be registered with the responsible Australian or Victorian regulator.

Businesses will not be eligible to receive a Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund July Extension grant if they have received support under any of the following programs:

  • Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 for the same premises
  • Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two
  • Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two July Extension.

For employing businesses only, the applicant must confirm that the business is supporting its workers (including casual workers, where possible) to access any paid leave entitlements, or that if a person can work from home, to work from home during the Victorian Government COVIDSafe restrictions.

Businesses who hold a food certificate but do not hold a liquor licence are not eligible for a grant under this program. Businesses who hold a liquor licence but cannot provide a food certificate for the same premises are also not eligible for a grant under this program.

Grant amount

Eligible businesses will receive grants of $7200 per premises.

How to apply

We are no longer accepting applications for this program.

Applications closed at 11:59pm on Friday 20 August 2021.

Documentation or evidence required with an application

Applicants must provide:

  • a copy of the Class 2 or 3 Service Sector Certificate of Registration under the Food Act 1984 issued by the local council, which must be valid for 2020 or 2021 and specify the same premises as the liquor licence
  • details of a current proof of identity document.

Proof of identity documents must be one of the following:

  • an Australian driver licence or learner permit
  • an Australian passport
  • a Medicare card
  • a foreign passport with an Australian visa.

Applicants must provide identity document details for a person listed on the Australian Business Register as the owner or co-owner of the business, or associate, the liquor licensee, or authorised contact of the business.

Applicants may be asked to provide further information at the discretion of the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions.

More information

Refer to the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 July Extension frequently asked questions (FAQs)  for more information about this program. Call the Business Victoria hotline on 13 22 15 if you need further assistance.

For assistance with your eLicence email or Liquor Portal account, please contact the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation. The Business Victoria hotline is unable to assist with eLicence matters.

Program guidelines

Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 July Extension Guidelines (PDF 315.26 KB)PDF icon

Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 July Extension Guidelines (DOCX 1527.35 KB)DOCX icon

Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 July Extension in languages other than English

For information in languages other than English please see below: