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Business and Community Sport Flood Recovery Grants

Flood recovery grants for businesses and community sport organisations directly affected by the 2022 Victorian floods.

Business and Community Sport Flood Recovery Grants support small businesses, not-for-profit and community sport and active recreation organisations that have suffered direct loss or damage from the 2022 Victorian floods.

The program is jointly funded by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements in relation to the Victorian Floods which commenced in October 2022  (the “2022 Victorian Floods”).

Eligible businesses and organisations must be located within a local government area declared under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangement (‘defined disaster area’).

Important note: Any funds provided through this grant include the $5000 already paid from either the Small Business Immediate Flood Relief Program or the Community Sport Emergency Flood Assistance Program. These programs closed on Tuesday 7 February 2023.

If you have already received a $5000 grant from either the Small Business Immediate Flood Relief Program or Community Sport Emergency Flood Assistance Program, this amount will be included in any funds provided under this program.

If you were unsuccessful in applying to either of these $5000 programs, you will not be eligible for a Business and Community Sport Flood Recovery Grant.

The grant has two tiers of funding:

Tier 1

Up to $25,000 is available with evidence of direct damage and an outline of expected recovery costs.

To make a claim under Tier 1 you can provide evidence of either estimated or actual costs. You must first apply for Tier 1 before progressing to Tier 2.

Tier 2

Tier 2 includes subsequent grant payments totalling over $25,000, up to $50,000, which can be reimbursed with full evidence of payment for recovery costs (tax invoices and official receipts). This evidence of payment must also include any amounts initially claimed under Tier 1, including the initial $5000 immediate flood relief payment (if applicable).

Please note, Business Victoria is administering the Business and Community Sport Flood Recovery Grants.

For full details including eligibility criteria, application guidelines and to how apply visit Business Victoria.

  • Eligibility

    Community sport and active recreation organisations must:

    • deliver a sport or activity that is a person-centric physical activity. This includes active recreation organisations that encourage people to participate in nature-based, outdoor activities (including sporting activities at camps)
    • be non-government and not-for-profit
    • be located within a local government area deemed eligible for assistance under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangement (‘defined disaster area’)
    • have been engaged in carrying on their function when affected by floods
    • have suffered direct damage to premises and/or tools of trade (e.g. equipment, plant)
    • intend to re-establish in the same community, region or sector as the defined disaster area (local government area)
    • be primarily responsible for meeting the costs claimed
    • provide satisfactory evidence of the loss or damage.

    The applicant organisation must be a legal entity delivering in Victoria and any of the following:

    • incorporated association
    • company limited by guarantee
    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation.

    Other eligibility requirements

    Businesses, not-for-profit or community sport and active recreation organisations located outside an eligible location may still apply if, for example, they operate on a part-time or regular basis within an eligible local government area (defined disaster area) and that business’ property, plant and/or equipment were damaged.

    Where two or more independent and separately owned and registered businesses or organisations operate from the same premises, each applicant may receive the maximum available grant amount providing they are:

    • independently eligible for the grant
    • claiming for different expenses to other applicant/s operating on the same premises
    • claiming expenses that are essential to the operation of their small business or not-for-profit organisations.

    Small businesses or not-for-profit organisations which are part of a national chain must demonstrate that they operate through a separate legal entity to be eligible. Franchises may be eligible. Small businesses and not-for-profit organisations must be locally registered or operated, however, owners may reside outside the community, region or sector of the defined disaster area for the eligible disaster.

  • Funding range

    You can apply for up to $50,000 in total funding to cover GST exclusive expenses resulting from direct flood damage to property, assets, stock or equipment (you cannot claim for expenses for storm damage or loss of income).

    Important note: if you have already received a $5000 grant from either the Small Business Immediate Flood Relief Program or Community Sport Emergency Flood Assistance Program, this amount will be included in any funds provided under this program.

  • Application dates

    Now open for applications, closes 4pm Monday 1 May 2023

  • To apply

    To submit an application visit the Business Victoria website.

  • Grant assistance

    If you wish to apply for the grant of up to $50,000 call us on 13 22 15 or register online for support from a Business Relief Adviser.

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Last updated on 23/02/2024