Grant News – January 2021

Grant News – January 2021

Grant News – January 2021

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Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme Extended

The Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme has been extended until 28 March 2021. The Scheme was introduced to relieve financial hardship faced by tenants and landlords as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Small business tenants seeking rent relief from 1 January 2021 to 28 March 2021 will need to apply to their landlord in writing, with evidence of their eligibility as soon as possible, as a landlord is only required to provide rent relief from the date of application.

For further information about the scheme and for free mediation services for commercial tenants and landlords please refer to the official website.

Small Business Digital Adaption Vouchers

The Small Business Digital Adaptation Program gives businesses the opportunity to trial and subscribe to digital products, tools, and training that can use to build digital capability in their day-to-day operations.

Software available through this program includes websites, e-commerce, and financial tools as well as free digital adaptation training and workshops.

Rebates of $1,200 can be accessed to cover 12 months subscriptions and are available through Business Victoria.

Victorian Government QR Code Service

Victorian Government has released a free QR code service available to all Victorian businesses and venues.

The service provides an effective record keeping system for contact tracing in the event a positive case of coronavirus (COVID-19) is identified. There are no ongoing costs for businesses, venues, or visitors who implement the software or check-in using this service.

To register your business for the QR service please visit the Victorian Government website

Regional Travel Vouchers Round 2

Round 2 of the Regional Travel Vouchers will be released on the 20th January 2021 to encourage Victorians to experience everything regional Victoria has to offer.

The Regional Travel Voucher Scheme provides Victorians with a $200 voucher to spend on accommodation, tourism attractions, or tours in regional Victoria, the Yarra Ranges, and the Mornington Peninsula, when they spend $400 or more on any of these activities.

Registrations for round 2 open at 10 am on 20 January 2021 and will be available until the 15th April 2021 or until funds are fully exhausted.

Visit the Victorian Government website for more information.

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Available Grants December 2020

Available Grants December 2020

Available Grants December 2020

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Global Gateway Program

The Victorian Government’s $15.7 million Export recovery package is aimed to help Victorian exporters recover from challenges provided by COVID-19.

Eligible Victorian businesses can apply for a once-off $50,000 grant to engage professional services that will deliver project activities to support their export recovery.

Business must make a co-contribution of at least 20 percent of the project.

Who is eligible for the funding?

  • Located in Victoria.
  • Hold an ABN.
  • Demonstrate an annual export revenue of at least $2 million in either the 2018/19 or 2019/20 financial years.
  • Meet all industrial relations obligations as an employer.

When does the grant close?

Grant applications are now open and will close at 11.59 pm on Sunday 17 January 2021.

Business Recovery Energy Efficiency Fund (BREEF)

Capital Works

The Capital Works Grant program supports the installation of energy efficiency equipment and technologies by businesses to reduce their energy bills.

Specifically funding will be provided to projects that involve:

  • purchase and installation of energy efficiency equipment
  • replacement of emissions-intensive equipment with low-emissions alternatives
  • purchase of communications and monitoring technology

Energy Demand Management

The Energy Demand Management Grant program will support the installation of energy management systems, energy assessments, and demand management solutions for businesses looking to reduce their energy bills.

Funding will be provided to projects that involve:

  • capital investment in technology needed to enable demand response, including communications and control technology
  • professional advice to support the uptake of demand-side opportunities
  • feasibility studies
  • energy audits
  • cost-benefit analysis
  • implementing steps under/or formal accreditation to the ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems framework.

Who is eligible for the funding?

For both of the BREEF applications the requirements are as follows:

  • Use in excess of 40 Megawatts of electricity or 1 Terajoule of gas per year.
  • Operate in Victoria.
  • Hold an ABN.

When do the grants close?

Applications for both of the BREEF grant programs close on the following dates:

  • Phase 1: 2 pm, Thursday 31 December 2020
  • Phase 2: 2 pm, Sunday 31 January 2021.

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Small Business Digital Adaption Program

Small Business Digital Adaption Program

Small Business Digital Adaption Program

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What is the program?

The Small Business Digital Adaption Program allows businesses to receive access to digital tools and training while also receiving a $1,200 rebate for purchasing one of the below selected business management tools to help build their digital capacity in day-today operations.

Registrations are now open and will remain open until 28th February 2022 or until funds are fully exhausted, whichever is earlier.

What’s involved in the program?

Through the program businesses can trial selected digital products, which are;

  • Mr Yum – food and beverage
  • MYOB – business management
  • Shopify – business management
  • Square – end-to-end retail
  • Squarespace – website creation
  • Xero – business management

To view more information on the products, visit the Victorian Government webpage.

You can either subscribe to these software or upgrade your existing software or websites such as transferring to an e-commerce site.

Who can apply?

The program is aimed at small businesses and sole traders. To be eligible to apply for the program you must:

  • Operate a business located in Victoria
  • Hold an ABN from 13th September 2019
  • Be registered for GST from 13th September 2020

How can you apply?

Complete the online registration form to confirm eligibility and participate in product trials and workshops.
Sign up for and purchase the suitable product from one of the available listed.
Apply for the purchase rebate of $1,200 to cover 12 months access.

What’s available in the workshops and training?

The workshops and training are delivered free and completely online, you may also complete an unlimited number of them.

The workshops available include:

  • Business planning essentials
  • Finance fundamentals
  • Marketing your business
  • Taking your business online
  • Cut through on a budget: Social media marketing
  • Developing a strategic plan
  • Enabling IT in your business
  • From bricks and mortar to online
  • Get a business online
  • Get strategic with eCommerce
  • Make sure customers find you online
  • Marketing your hospitality business in 2020
  • Mental wellbeing: Support yourself and small businesses
  • Start smart with online customer experience

For more information visit the Victorian Goverment webpage

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Available Grants October 2020

Available Grants October 2020

Victorian Hospitality Grants Now Available

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Licensed Hospitality Grant 

Liquor licensees who are in need of support during COVID-19 read on!

Grants of up to $30,000 will be available to eligible liquor licensees, depending on venue location and patron capacity.
To be eligible you must be located in metro Melbourne or regional Victoria and operating a restraunt, hotel, cafe, pub, bar, club or reception.
Applications will remain open until the 23 of November 2020 or until funds ($251 million) are exausted, whichever is earlier.
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Key criteria
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Have been operating prior to 13 September 2020 and intend to continue to operate under the Licensee’s liquor licence.
  • Have a food business holding a Class 2 or 3 Service Sector Certificate of Registration under the Food Act 1984 (Vic) serving food on the same premises.
  • If you have more than one venue operating under your ABN you can apply per venue.

How to apply;

You should receive an invitation to apply from Business Victoria, at the email address you used to sign up for your eLicence on your Liquor Portal account.

Outdoor Eating and Entertainment Package

Are you a restaurant, pub or club and haven’t applied for the Outdoor Eating and Entertainment Grant?

A grant of $5,000 is available for eligible hospitality businesses to move to outdoor dining with the current COVID-19 affected situation.
The grant can be used for training, marketing and other costs of adapting new, expanded or enhanced outdoor dining.
Applications will close on 11th of December 2020 or when funds ($59 million) are exhausted, whichever is earlier.

 

Key criteria

  • Operate a business within Regional Victoria.
  • Operate from commercial premises.
  • Be an employing business registered with WorkSafe Victoria operate a licensed or unlicensed restaurant, cafe, pub/tavern, bar, club or takeaway food venue.
  • Provide details of relevant permits and licences.
  • Operate a designated space on premises for customers to receive food or alcohol service as at 13 September 2020.
  • Have access to outdoor areas that the business proposes to use for new, expanded or enhanced outdoor dining and food service.
  • Hold or have applied for the relevant permits for expanded or enhanced outdoor dining and food service.
  • Have an annual payroll of up to $3 million in 2019-20 on an ungrouped basis
  • Commit to spending at least $5,000 (exclusive of GST) to activate outdoor dining at their premises.

Click for Vic

The Click for Vic website has been created to help promote travel in Victoria and to support businesses in the tourism sector.

Advertisements are free and provide a good opportunity to advertise and support local business.

If you haven’t created a listing, we would strongly encourage you to!

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Available Grants September 2020

Available Grants September 2020

Available Grants September 2020

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Upcoming Grants

The following grants are available to eligible businesses affected by the July 2020 lockdown.

The full details on eligibility & funding are still to be announced.

Licensed Hospitality Business

Funding Available: up to $30,000 depending on location and capacity.

The grant will be available to licensed pubs, clubs, hotels, bars, restaurants and reception centres.

Eligible businesses will also get their liquor license fees waived until 2021.

Outdoor Hospitality Support

Funding Available: $5,000 to adapt outdoor dining spaces and entertainment areas such as the purchase of umbrellas, furniture etc.

The grant will be available to Restaurants, cafes, pubs and clubs

Sole Trader Support Fund

Funding Available: $3,000 to sole traders who operate from a commercial premises or location where they are the tenant or licensee.

The grant will be available to businesses such as, retail, accommodation and food services, creative and media, hairdressing, gyms, events, education and training.

Victoria – Round 3 Business Support Fund Grants

Opening date: 18th September 2020

The Victorian Government has announced the third round of the Business Support Fund Grants.

Businesses in Victoria can access grants between $10,000 to $20,000 based on their annual payroll and the following criteria:

To be eligible you must meet the below criteria:

  • be a participant in the Commonwealth Government’s JobKeeper Payment scheme
  • employ people
  • be registered with WorkSafe on 30 June 2020
  • have an annual payroll of less than $10 million in 2019-20
  • be registered for Goods and Services Tax (GST) as at 30 June 2020
  • hold an Australian Business Number (ABN) and have held that ABN at 30 June 2020
  • be registered with the responsible federal or state regulator.

Available Funding;

The amount of the grant is dependent on your annual payroll as follows:

  • $10,000 for annual payroll less than $650,000
  • $15,000 for annual payroll between $650,000 to $3 million
  • $20,000 for annual payroll between $3 million to $10 million

Please contact us for further information.

Commercial Landlord Hardship Fund – VIC Only

The Victorian Government is offering grants of up to $3,000 per tenancy to eligible small private, individual and joint-owner landlords, who are facing financial hardship after reducing rent for their tenants.

Each grant amount will be equal to the amount of the rent waiver provided to the tenant, up to $3,000 per eligible tenancy

This fund will be open for applications from 21 August 2020 for eight weeks or until funds are exhausted, whichever comes first.

Grant Opening Date: 21 August 2020

Grant Closing Date: Eight weeks from opening or until funds are exhausted

Landlords can apply if they meet all the criteria.

  • The applicant must have total taxable landholding of less than $1 million as shown by the 2020 State Revenue Office Land Tax Assessment.
  • The applicant must be a private individual (i.e. a person) or joint landlords who are private individuals (i.e. not ownership through Self-Managed Superannuation Fund, Trust or any other incorporated entity).
  • The applicant is a landlord (or are landlords) to one or more properties where a tenant is eligible for Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme CTRS in Victoria.
  • The applicant has provided rent relief to the tenant in accordance with the current regulations (and as evidenced in the current lease agreement) that must be at least 30 percent of total rent payable, of which at least 50 percent of the rent relief is in the form of a waiver for the equivalent of a minimum three-month period: before the date of commencement of this Fund; or after the date of the commencement of this Fund.
  • The applicant must be in financial hardship, or about to be in financial hardship, due to reducing rent for the relevant CTRS-eligible tenant.

Further Reductions to Land Tax

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Victorian Government has announced further land tax relief for landlords until 31 December 2020, in line with their extension to the commercial and residential tenancy relief scheme. 

  • Landlords of residential and commercial properties who provide a 50% or more outright rent waiver of at least 3 months’ rent to eligible tenants can claim a 50% waiver of the property’s 2020 land tax and defer the remaining tax payment to 31 March 2021.
  • Owner-occupiers of commercial properties can obtain a 25% waiver of the property’s 2020 land tax and defer the remaining tax payment to 31 March 2021, if their business meets either of the following conditions;
  1. For a licensed pub, club or restaurant who has a general, full club or on-premises liquor licence:
      • The annual turnover of the premises was no greater than $50 million in either the 2018-19 or 2019-20 financial year, and
      • The premises turnover has reduced by at least 30% since March 2020.
  1. For all other businesses:
      • Annual aggregated turnover was no greater than $50 million in either the 2018-19 or 2019-20 financial year, and
      • They are eligible for and participating in, the JobKeeper Payment scheme.

Southern Border Small Business Support Grant – NSW Only

The NSW Goverment has released a grant to assist those affected by the COVID-19 restrictions.

The grant can be used to meet unavoidable operating expenses, including utilities, salaries and rent, seeking financial, legal or other advice to support business, developing the business through marketing and communications activities or other supporting activities relating to the operation of the business.

Grant Opening Date:  8th September 2020

Grant Closing Date:    18th October 2020

The grant is available in Two tiers

First Tier – $5,000.00

Criteria

  • Small Businesses suffered at least 30% decline in turnover since 8th July due to border closure.
  • Decline Test: a decline in turnover of at least 30 per cent since 8 July 2020 compared to a period of at least two weeks between 30 March 2020 – 7 July 2020 inclusive.
  • Gross wages for 2019/20 financial year needs to be below $900,000
  • Annual Turnover needs to be more than $75,000

Tier 2 – $10,000

Criteria

  • Small Businesses suffered at least 75% decline in turnover since 8th July due to border closure.
  • Decline Test: a decline in turnover of at least 75 per cent since 8 July 2020 compared to a period of at least two weeks between 30 March 2020 – 7 July 2020 inclusive.
  • Gross wages for 2019/20 financial year needs to be below $900,000
  • Annual Turnover needs to be more than $75,000
  • Business should have less than 20 FTE staff

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Extension to Home Builder Renovation Grant

Extension to Home Builder Renovation Grant

Extension to Home Builder Renovation Grant

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On 4 June 2020, the Australian Government announced HomeBuilder to provide eligible owner-occupiers (including first home buyers) with a grant of $25,000 to build a new home, substantially renovate an existing home or buy an off-the-plan home/new home.

While the eligible contract must be signed between 4 June 2020 and 31 December 2020 (inclusive), construction need not commence prior to 31 December 2020. However, it must commence within three months of the contract date and construction cannot have commenced before 4 June 2020.

Three month extension for constuction commencement in Victoria

In light of the introduction of Stage 4 restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne (effective from 2 August 2020) and Stage 3 restrictions in regional Victoria (effective from 5 August 2020), the Commissioner of State Revenue will exercise his discretion under the National Partnership Agreement to provide a blanket extension of 3 months to the construction commencement requirement for the HomeBuilder Grant.

This means that all applicants for the HomeBuilder Grant in Victoria have 6 months from the signing of the eligible HomeBuilder contract, to commence construction. The Commissioner does not have discretion to grant any extensions beyond this additional 3 month extension.

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