COVID Safe Outdoor Activation Fund

The COVIDSafe Outdoor Activation Fund was announced by the Premier of Victoria in October 2021. It provides $40 million in funding to Victorian councils to assist businesses to operate outdoors and will operate from November 2021 to June 2022. The Fund allocates $20.5 million for councils to provide immediate assistance to businesses to operate outdoors. This includes physical improvements such as new street furniture, landscaping, marquees, planter boxes and public art, as well as entertainment to bring outdoor precincts to life. The remaining funds, of $19.5 million, helped councils to establish semi-permanent and permanent outdoor precincts.

The funding supports a broad range of industries that have been severely impacted by COVID-19 restrictions including hospitality, gyms, creative businesses, personal/beauty services, and non-essential retail.

This Program builds on the achievements of the Local Councils Outdoor Eating and Entertainment Package. The broadened scope has helped councils support local businesses to operate outdoors and provide lasting benefit to their communities.

For further information about the Program please click the link below to read the guidelines:

COVIDSafe Outdoor Activation Fund Guidelines PDF, 1057.49 KB

COVIDSafe Outdoor Activation Fund Guidelines DOCX, 1588.4 KB

Use the dropdown menu to see the amounts that were allocated to each council.


Ararat Rural City Council, Buloke Shire Council, Central Goldfields Shire Council, Gannawarra Shire Council, Glenelg Shire Council, Golden Plains Shire Council, Hindmarsh Shire Council, Loddon Shire Council, Mitchell Shire Council, Pyrenees Shire Council, Borough of Queenscliffe, Strathbogie Shire Council, Swan Hill Rural City Council, Towong Shire Council, West Wimmera Shire Council and Yarrambiack Shire Council.

Benalla Rural City Council, Campaspe Shire Council, Colac Otway Shire Council, Corangamite Shire Council, Hepburn Shire Council, Indigo Shire Council, Macedon Ranges Shire Council, Mansfield Shire Council, Moira Shire Council, Moorabool Shire Council, Mount Alexander Shire Council, Moyne Shire Council, Murrindindi Shire Council, Northern Grampians Shire Council, South Gippsland Shire Council, Southern Grampians Shire Council and Wellington Shire Council.$300,000
Alpine Shire Council, Bass Coast Shire Council, Baw Baw Shire Council, East Gippsland Shire Council and Surf Coast Shire Council.$500,000
Banyule City Council, Bayside City Council, Boroondara City Council, Brimbank City Council, Cardinia Shire Council, Casey City Council, Frankston City Council, Glen Eira City Council, Greater Dandenong City Council, Greater Shepparton City Council, Horsham Rural City Council, Hume City Council, Kingston City Council, Knox City Council, Latrobe City Council, Manningham City Council, Maroondah City Council, Melton City Council, Mildura Rural City Council, Monash City Council, Mornington Peninsula Shire Council, Nillumbik Shire Council, Wangaratta Rural City Council, Warrnambool City Council, Whitehorse City Council, Whittlesea City Council, Wodonga City Council, Wyndham City Council and Yarra Ranges Shire Council.$575,000
Ballarat City Council, Darebin City Council, Greater Bendigo City Council, Greater Geelong City Council, Hobsons Bay City Council, Maribyrnong City Council, Moonee Valley City Council and Moreland City Council.$975,000
Port Phillip City Council, Stonnington City Council and Yarra City Council.$1,575,000

City of Melbourne was ineligible for this Program but received support through the Melbourne City Revitalisation Fund.