Small Business Ventilation Grant

What is the Small Business Ventilation Grant?

The Small Business Ventilation Grant is a program that provides funding to public-facing Victorian businesses undertaking large projects to improve ventilation.



The Small Business Ventilation Grant enables eligible public-facing businesses to invest in large projects to improve ventilation, such as building works, engaging professional services or purchasing equipment. 

Improving ventilation helps reduce the spread of COVID-19 and provides customers with the confidence that businesses are doing everything they can to keep them safe.

You can apply in two ways.

  1. If you already have evidence of eligible expenditure purchased from 1 January 2022, such as receipts and paid invoices, submit evidence of eligible expenditure when applying.
  2. Alternatively, you can apply by proposing a ventilation project, with grant funds to be paid at a later date once eligible items have been purchased and evidence of expenditure has been submitted (by 15 November 2022).



Grant funding of up to $5000 per premises is available for eligible projects.

Applicants can request a grant amount of between $1000 and $5000 to cover part of the costs of a eligible expenditure.

For every $1 of grant funding, the applicant must show $1 of expenditure of their own funds. This means a business must spend a minimum of $1000 of their own funds on an eligible project to receive a $1000 government grant, and the total project must cost at least $2000 (ex GST).


Eligible Projects

Funding is available for expenditures that lead to an improvement in one or more of the following types of air ventilation:

  • natural ventilation
  • mechanical ventilation
  • augmented ventilation.

Examples of eligible program expenditure may include:

  • works to the building to maximise ventilation, for example fixing windows to ensure they open or adding additional windows or doors to create greater air flow
  • purchase and installation of spare parts to ensure the existing ventilation system operates effectively
  • repairs, servicing or cleaning of an existing heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system or air conditioning unit
  • purchasing an air purifier using a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter for the premises
  • inspection by a qualified professional service provider for the purpose of a ventilation audit, HVAC health check or assistance with items identified in the self-assessment ventilation guidance.


Eligible Applicants

To be eligible, your business must:

  • be an employing business that operates from a Victorian fixed address commercial premises that is physically open to the public for in-person purchases or the use of the business’s products and services
  • hold an active Australian Business Number (ABN) and have held that ABN on and from 18 February 2022
  • be registered for Goods and Services Tax (GST) on and from 18 February 2022
  • purchase equipment or undertake works that will improve ventilation and/or air filtration to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in areas accessed by customers.



Applications close 24 June 2022


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