External grants

 Find current grant and funding opportunities available from other agencies or government bodies. 

Business grants

Grant name Details Value Closing Date
Live Performance Support Program Round Two

The program targets events that have been cancelled or postponed as a result of lockdowns or health restrictions between 27 May and 2 September 2021.

Two streams of the program – one for the presenters of live performance events and another for contracted suppliers.

 Varies  September 8
 COVID19 Disaster Payments

Eligible workers across the state who lose work due to the lockdown will be able to access the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 Disaster Payment, as will individuals who are sole-traders and do not qualify for Victorian Government support programs.

Victorian micro-businesses and sole traders who wish to apply for the Commonwealth COVID-19 Disaster Payment can receive assistance in making their application via the Business Victoria Concierge Service on 13 22 15.


 Varies Ongoing 
 Small Business COVID Hardship Fund  An additional allocation of $72 million will boost the Small Business COVID Hardship Fund, with grants increasing from $10,000 to $14,000 available to small and medium sized businesses across the state.

The fund will help up to 18,000 businesses that have been ineligible for business support programs and have experienced a reduction in revenue of at least 70 per cent.

 Up to $14,000  September 10
Victorian Events Support Package Grants for event organisers and hosts as well as suppliers, producers and cinema businesses affected by the restrictions announced on 27 May.
Up to $250,000
 Regional Tourism Support Package The Regional Tourism Support Package provides support to tourism providers impacted by recent restrictions to stop the spread of coronavirus.  Varies Varies 
 Jobs Victoria Fund  If you are a Victorian employer ready to hire new staff, the Jobs Victoria Fund can financially support you to employ people who have been most affected by the economic impacts of the pandemic.  $20,000 (wage subsidy) Open & Ongoing
 Future Industries  Future Industries is about supporting investment in high-growth industries through industry excellence and development projects, including establishing collaborative networks and building supply chain readiness capabilities.  Varies Varies 
Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre Commercialisation Fund Co-funds projects which focus on the six National Manufacturing Priorities as part of the Modern Manufacturing Strategy. $100,000 to $1 million 30 June 2022
Free ATDW Listing
Eligible businesses can great an ATDW listing at no cost until June 30, 2021. $120 to $295 per year 30 June 2022
Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund One-off payment to assist with costs from the COVID-19 circuit breaker action.
Agri-Business Expansion Initiative  $72.7 million in funding to help Australian agri-businesses expand their export markets. Varies Varies
JobMaker Hiring Credit Incentive for businesses to employ additional young job seekers aged 16-35 years between 07-Oct-20 and 06-Oct-21.
$100 to $200 per week
Register prior to 6 October 2021
Farm Safety Rebate Scheme Assists farm businesses to invest in infrastructure and equipment to improve safety on farms.
Up to $5,000 31 December 2021
Small Business Development Program Provides opportunities to learn and develop new skills in marketing, business development, social media, finance and much more.
Varies Ongoing
Wellbeing and Mental Health Support for Victorian Small Businesses
Through this program, Victorians dealing with the challenges of running a small business can get the mental health support they need.
Varies Until 2022
AgriStarter Loan Loans to support people in obtaining their first farming business and to assist with farm business succession planning. Up to $2million Term is 10 years
Small Business Energy Saver Program for Small Businesses
The Small Business Energy Saver Program provides a bonus for small businesses, discounting the cost to upgrade to more energy-efficient equipment
Varies Ongoing
Startup Shakeup Service for entrepreneurs with their startups, shakeups and innovations to support growth and development and connect to resources and funding. Varies Ongoing 
AgBiz Assist
Provides and delivers a range of business services, assist business and community groups, and support rural community and economic development initiatives.
Varies Ongoing

Community & not-for-profit grants

Gant name  Details Value Closing Date
Active Kids Voucher Program Helps eligible families get their kids involved in organised sport and recreation activities by reimbursing the cost of membership and registration fees, uniforms and equipment.   $200 Ongoing
Budget Direct Sponsorships One-off donations for small community groups and not-for-profits to help build happy and healthy neighbourhoods. Up to $5,000 Ongoing
Bushfire Recovery Victoria - Community  Facilities Supports community groups who want help to build, upgrade or repair important local facilities that everyone can use. Up to $50,000 30 June 2022 
Emergency Sporting Equipment Grant Program  Grant assistance for grassroots sport and active recreation clubs to replace essential sporting or first aid equipment that has been lost or destroyed as a consequence of fire, flood, significant storm event, theft or criminal damage Up to $2,000 30 June 2022
Aboriginal Sport Participation Grant Program Grants to assist Aboriginal Victorians to participate in Aboriginal sporting carnivals, buy sports uniforms and equipment, as well as funding for travel and accommodation expenses for athletes to compete in state and national competitions.


Up to $1,500

Round 1 - 4 August 2021

Round 2 - 12 December 2021

Community Climate Change and Energy Grant Program Funding towards upgrades at community facilities that aim to reduce energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions through a range of supported measures including energy-efficient and renewable energy technology. Up to $5,000 20 August 2021
FRRR Strengthening Rural Communities Funding to give the thousands of small rural, regional and remote communities across Australia an opportunity to access funding to support broad community needs. 


Up to $25,000 24 August 2021
FRRR Tackling Tougher Times Together Assistance to help communities access the resources they need to support one another through the ongoing effects of the drought.


Up to $150,000  24 August 2021
Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Grants Funding to assist communities to address priorities for recovery and resilience after the 2019 - 2020 bushfires. $20,000 - $10 million 2 September 2021
Community Shade Grants Financial assistance for community shade projects.  Up to $50,000 10 September 2021 
Community Motorsports Program  The Community Motorsport Program is the Victorian Government’s first dedicated motorsport investment program that provides grant opportunities through various funding categories.


Various 10 November 2021 
Significant Sporting Events Program  Funding to help sporting, community and event organisations to deliver significant sporting events in Victoria. Up to $150,000 20 June 2022