Grants available through Victorian Government ‘unprecedented’ package’

By Liam Nash

The Victorian Government has announced the "biggest package of business support the state has ever seen".

On Sunday, Premier Daniel Andrews unveiled a $3 billion coronavirus business support package, including $1.1 billion in cash grants for small and medium-sized businesses the government says are "most affected" by COVID-19.

Additional grants between $10,000 and $25,000 will be made available to licensed venues such as pubs, clubs, restaurants and hotels in regional Victoria as part of a $251 million Licenced Venue Fund.

Grants of $3000 will be available to sole traders in areas including tourism, accommodation, gyms, media, creative studios and private galleries as part of a $100 million support package for sole traders.

Grants of $5000, $15,000 and $20,000 will be available for small to medium-sized businesses.

Mr Andrews said the support was on top of the $3 billion already available to businesses, effectively doubling the contribution, and said the government was aiming to open grant applications this week via the Business Victoria website.

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