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.

CouncilFunding

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.

$200,000
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.

Local Councils Outdoor Eating and Entertainment Package

The Local Councils Outdoor Eating and Entertainment Package was announced by the Premier of Victoria in September 2020. The Program closed in December 2021.

It provided $34.7 million in funding to Victorian councils to enable them to support hospitality businesses to prepare for reopening following the Victorian COVID-19 lockdown.  The Program operated over two rounds. Round 1 provided a share of $29.5 million to all Victorian councils, except Melbourne City Council. Round 2 was a competitive grant which provided a share of $5.2 million to 22 Victorian councils. Click here to view the media release.

Councils streamlined permit administration processes and supported businesses to install infrastructure such as bollards, planter boxes, seating, enforcement and monitoring processes.

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

Round 1

Local Councils Outdoor Eating and Entertainment Package Guidelines PDF, 285.57 KB

Local Councils Outdoor Eating and Entertainment Package Guidelines DOCX, 1535.27 KB

Round 2

Local Councils Outdoor Eating and Entertainment Package Guidelines PDF, 252.61 KB

Local Councils Outdoor Eating and Entertainment Package Guidelines DOCX, 1536.45 KB

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

Round 1

Council Round 1 Funding
Alpine Shire Council, Ararat Rural City Council, Bass Coast Shire Council, Baw Baw Shire Council, Benalla Rural City Council, Buloke Shire Council, Campaspe Shire Council, Central Goldfields Shire Council, Colac Otway Shire Council, Corangamite Shire Council, East Gippsland Shire Council, Gannawarra Shire Council, Glenelg Shire Council, Golden Plains Shire Council, Hepburn Shire Council, Hindmarsh Shire Council, Indigo Shire Council, Loddon Shire Council, Macedon Ranges Shire Council, Mansfield Shire Council, Mitchell Shire Council, Moira Shire Council, Moorabool Shire Council, Mount Alexander Shire Council, Moyne Shire Council, Murrindindi Shire Council, Northern Grampians Shire Council, Pyrenees Shire Council, Borough of Queenscliffe, South Gippsland Shire Council, Southern Grampians Shire Council, Strathbogie Shire Council, Surf Coast Shire Council, Swan Hill Rural City Council, Towong Shire Council, Wellington Shire Council, West Wimmera Shire Council and Yarrambiack Shire Council.$250,000
Ballarat City Council, Banyule City Council, Bayside City Council, Boroondara City Council, Brimbank City Council, Cardinia Shire Council, Casey City Council, Darebin City Council, Frankston City Council, Glen Eira City Council, Greater Bendigo City Council, Greater Dandenong City Council, Greater Geelong City Council, Greater Shepparton City Council, Hobsons Bay City Council, Horsham Rural City Council, Hume City Council, Kingston City Council, Knox City Council, Latrobe City Council, Manningham City Council, Maribyrnong City Council, Maroondah City Council, Melton City Council, Mildura Rural City Council, Monash City Council, Moonee Valley City Council, Moreland City Council, Mornington Peninsula Shire Council, Nillumbik Shire Council, Port Phillip City Council, Stonnington City Council, Wangaratta Rural City Council, Warrnambool City Council, Whitehorse City Council, Whittlesea City Council, Wodonga City Council, Wyndham City Council, Yarra City Council and Yarra Ranges Shire Council.$500,000

City of Melbourne was ineligible but received support through the Melbourne City Recovery Fund.

Round 2

CouncilRound 2 Funding
Yarra Ranges Shire Council.$50,000
Whittlesea City Council.$70,000
Wyndham City Council.$80,000
Horsham Rural City Council and Mornington Peninsula Shire Council.$100,000
Banyule City Council, Darebin City Council and Wangaratta Rural City Council.$150,000
Bass Coast Shire Council, Boroondara City Council, Frankston City Council, Mildura Rural City Council and Stonnington City Council.$200,000
Glen Eira City Council and Maribyrnong City Council.$250,000
Greater Geelong City Council.$300,000
Hobsons Bay City Council, Moonee Valley City Council and Moreland City Council.$350,000
Monash City Council, Port Phillip City Council and Yarra City Council.$500,000

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

COVID Relief Program

The COVID Relief Program commenced in March 2021 and provides $4.74 million in funding to Victorian councils to support their staff to respond to relief referrals from the Coronavirus Hotline, the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing (DFFH) and local channels. The funding supports councils to assist with coordination and provision of relief to vulnerable individuals and households undertaking mandatory isolation due to COVID-19.

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

CouncilFunding

Alpine Shire Council, Ararat Rural City Council, Bass Coast Shire Council, Baw Baw Shire Council, Benalla Rural City Council, Buloke Shire Council, Campaspe Shire Council, Central Goldfields Shire Council, Colac Otway Shire Council, Corangamite Shire Council, East Gippsland Shire Council, Gannawarra Shire Council, Glenelg Shire Council, Golden Plains Shire Council, Hepburn Shire Council, Hindmarsh Shire Council, Indigo Shire Council, Loddon Shire Council, Macedon Ranges Shire Council, Mansfield Shire Council, Mitchell Shire Council, Moira Shire Council, Moorabool Shire Council, Mount Alexander Shire Council, Moyne Shire Council, Murrindindi Shire Council, Northern Grampians Shire Council, Pyrenees Shire Council, Borough of Queenscliffe, South Gippsland Shire Council, Southern Grampians Shire Council, Strathbogie Shire Council, Surf Coast Shire Council, Swan Hill Rural City Council, Towong Shire Council,  Wellington Shire Council, West Wimmera Shire Council and Yarrambiack Shire Council.

$15,000
Ballarat City Council, Greater Bendigo City Council, Greater Shepparton City Council, Horsham Rural City Council, Latrobe City Council, Mildura Rural City Council, Wangaratta Rural City Council, Warrnambool City Council and Wodonga City Council.$30,000
Banyule City Council, Bayside City Council, Boroondara City Council, Cardinia Shire Council, Frankston City Council, Glen Eira City Council, Hobsons Bay City Council, Kingston City Council, Knox City Council, Manningham City Council, Maroondah City Council, Melbourne City Council, Monash City Council, Moonee Valley City Council, Moreland City Council, Mornington Peninsula Shire Council, Nillumbik Shire Council, Port Phillip City Council, Stonnington City Council, Whitehorse City Council, Yarra City Council and Yarra Ranges Shire Council.$40,000
Brimbank City Council, Casey City Council, Darebin City Council, Greater Dandenong City Council, Greater Geelong City Council, Hume City Council, Maribyrnong City Council, Melton City Council, Whittlesea City Council and Wyndham City Council.$65,000

Local Government Business Concierge and Hospitality Support Program

The Local Government Business Concierge and Hospitality Support Program was announced by the Minister for Local Government in April 2021. It provides $10.62 million in funding to Victorian councils to promote awareness of COVIDSafe practices with local businesses. Councils engage directly with businesses in vulnerable and high-risk locations such as markets and shopping strips.

The Program was extended for a further 3 months in December 2021. Click here to see the media release.

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

Local Government Business Concierge and Hospitality Support Program Guidelines PDF, 260.71 KB

Local Government Business Concierge and Hospitality Support Program Guidelines DOCX, 1756.04 KB

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

CouncilRound 1 FundingRound 2 Funding
Alpine Shire Council, Ararat Rural City Council, Bass Coast Shire Council, Baw Baw Shire Council, Benalla Rural City Council, Buloke Shire Council, Campaspe Shire Council, Central Goldfields Shire Council, Colac Otway Shire Council, Corangamite Shire Council, East Gippsland Shire Council, Gannawarra Shire Council, Glenelg Shire Council, Golden Plains Shire Council, Hepburn Shire Council, Hindmarsh Shire Council, Indigo Shire Council, Loddon Shire Council, Macedon Ranges Shire Council, Mansfield Shire Council, Mitchell Shire Council, Moira Shire Council, Moorabool Shire Council, Mount Alexander Shire Council, Moyne Shire Council, Murrindindi Shire Council, Northern Grampians Shire Council, Pyrenees Shire Council, Borough of Queenscliffe, South Gippsland Shire Council, Southern Grampians Shire Council, Strathbogie Shire Council, Surf Coast Shire Council, Swan Hill Rural City Council, Towong Shire Council, Wellington Shire Council, West Wimmera Shire Council and Yarrambiack Shire Council.$60,000$30,000
Ballarat City Council, Banyule City Council, Bayside City Council, Boroondara City Council, Brimbank City Council, Cardinia Shire Council, Casey City Council, Darebin City Council, Frankston City Council, Glen Eira City Council, Greater Bendigo City Council, Greater Dandenong City Council, Greater Geelong City Council, Greater Shepparton City Council, Hobsons Bay City Council, Horsham Rural City Council, Hume City Council, Kingston City Council, Knox City Council, Latrobe City Council, Manningham City Council, Maribyrnong City Council, Maroondah City Council, Melton City Council, Mildura Rural City Council, Monash City Council, Moonee Valley City Council, Moreland City Council, Mornington Peninsula Shire Council, Nillumbik Shire Council, Port Phillip City Council, Stonnington City Council, Wangaratta Rural City Council, Warrnambool City Council, Whitehorse City Council, Whittlesea City Council, Wodonga City Council, Wyndham City Council, Yarra City Council and Yarra Ranges Shire Council.$120,000$60,000

City of Melbourne was ineligible for this Program.

Local Councils Supporting Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Networks Program

The Local Councils Supporting Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Networks Program was announced by the Minister for Local Government in April 2021. The Program closed in November 2021 and provided $800,000 in funding to 16 Victorian metropolitan councils. It funded councils to support CALD communities to develop COVIDSafe plans and to safely host multicultural events. Councils could help to prepare targeted communications and guidance to CALD businesses and multicultural events.

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

Local Councils Supporting Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Networks Program Guidelines PDF, 240.74 KB

Local Councils Supporting Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Networks Program Guidelines DOCX, 1764.52 KB

CouncilFunding
Brimbank City Council, Casey City Council, Greater Dandenong City Council, Hobsons Bay City Council, Hume City Council, Manningham City Council, Maribyrnong City Council, Melbourne City Council, Monash City Council, Moonee Valley City Council, Moreland City Council, Whitehorse City Council, Whittlesea City Council, Wyndham City Council and Yarra City Council.$50,000