What is the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund?

The Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund is a grant opportunity to help licensed bars, restaurants, pubs, clubs, hotels, cafes and reception centres get through the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and prepare for COVID Normal business.



On 13 September 2020, the Victorian Government announced a new support package to help businesses survive the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions and to keep Victorians in jobs. This announcement includes $251 million for the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund.

The Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund program supports eligible liquor licensees with hospitality venues impacted by the restrictions put in place to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Eligible liquor licensees include those in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria operating a restaurant, hotel, cafe, pub, bar, club or reception centre that serves food and alcohol.



Grants of up to $30,000 will be available to eligible liquor licensees, based on venue location and patron capacity. Those eligible will receive an invitation to apply from Business Victoria at the email address linked to their Liquor Portal account.

The grant funding available for eligible liquor licensees will be based on:

  • the location of the premises as specified in the liquor licence and the food certificate of registration for metropolitan Melbourne or regional Victoria; and
  • the patron capacity as specified by the liquor licence for the premises.


Eligible Projects

Grant funds may be used to assist eligible businesses 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.


Eligible Applicants

Liquor licensees who operate bars, restaurants, pubs, clubs, hotels, cafes and reception centres that serve food and alcohol, and have received an invitation to apply from Business Victoria. The invitation is sent to the email address connected to the licensee’s Liquor Portal account.

The liquor licensee must also:

  • operate one or more licensed bars, restaurants, pubs, clubs, hotels, cafes or reception centres in Victoria that serve food and alcohol as of 13 September 2020; and
  • hold a general or late night (general), full club, restaurant and cafe, or on-premises or late night (on-premises) liquor licence as of 13 September 2020; and
  • have been operating prior to 13 September 2020 and intend to continue to operate under the Licensee’s liquor licence; and
  • have a food business (which may be a third party or the Applicant) holding a Class 2 or 3 Service Sector Certificate of Registration under the Food Act 1984 (Vic) serving food on the same premises; and
  • be registered for Goods and Services Tax (GST) on 13 September 2020; and
  • hold an Australian Business Number (ABN) and held that ABN at 13 September 2020; and
  • be registered with the responsible federal or state regulator.



Applications close 23 November 2020.


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