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Recovery support for businesses and primary producers

Find out more about the grants and financial support options available for businesses and primary producers in bushfire-affected areas.

We’re here to help. A range of grants and financial support options are available for businesses and primary producers. 

Bushfire Recovery Support

The Bushfire Recovery Support program has helped more than 2,000 people get the support they need after the fires. The program is a single point of contact linking people directly with vital services, including mental health support, housing support, financial counselling, and practical things like applying for grants and filling out paperwork.

If you don't know what type of support is right for you, you can access the Bushfire Recovery Support Program on 1800 560 760.

Business Advisory Services

Business Recovery Advisors 

Small Business Victoria is providing Business Recovery Advisors to engage with impacted businesses at local recovery centres. 

Business recovery advisers can help with

  • assessing how your business was impacted
  • improving your cash flow, staff management and digital marketing practices
  • developing an effective take home recovery plan
  • referrals to other agencies to access grants and services.

This is a free service. For more information phone 13 22 15 or visit  Business Victoria.

Rural Financial Counselling Service

The Rural Financial Counselling Service is funded to provide free support to farmers, fishers, foresters and small, related businesses that are in—or at risk of—financial hardship.

The Rural Financial Counselling Service can assist with:

  • financial planning
  • accessing government industry programs and grants
  • handling financial matters
  • connection referrals to other services.

To get in touch:

Small business bushfire counselling support line

Small businesses and sole traders who have been affected by the bushfires can get financial counselling support from the Small Business Bushfire Financial Counselling Support Line by calling 1800 413 828

Grants

Nature-led Recovery  

Our Nature-led Recovery Grants are now open.  

Visit our Environment and Biodiversity page to read the guidelines, see if you're eligible and apply.  

Regional Economic Stimulus & Resilience 

The Local Economic Recovery Regional Economic Stimulus and Resilience grants were established to support regional economic recovery by stimulating economic growth and building economic resilience in bushfire-affected regions. 

Projects funded in East Gippsland:

  • $3 million to help rebuild the Mallacoota Abalone processing facility, which was impacted by fire.
  • $2.8 million to revitalise and improve the Buchan streetscape.
  • $2.35 million to help relocate and expand Sailors Grave Brewing to develop agri-tourism through relocation and expansion.
  • $1.5 million to support the first stage of the Metung Hot Springs tourism development.
  • More than $1 million to enhance the Bruthen streetscape.
  • More than $850,000 for Envite Environment to create trainee opportunities for young indigenous people to pursue careers in natural resource management.
  • $562,000 for the redevelopment of the iconic Old Slipway in Lakes Entrance.
  • $400,000 for Tambo Valley Honey to develop an agri-tourism experience and destination honey shop.
  • $267,000 for Destination Gippsland to develop tourism product along a Gippsland Dark Skies Visitor Trail.
  • $190,000 to help redevelop and expand the Riviera Nautic jetty infrastructure.

Projects funded in North East:

  • $5 million to boost tourism infrastructure and visitation along the Great River Road.
  • $2.6 million for new and upgraded infrastructure along the Dargo High Plains Road.
  • $2.17 million to support Upper Murray Inc’s plan to protect communities against power outages and reduce running costs.
  • $1.35 million for Mansfield Autism Statewide Services to develop on-site family accommodation units.
  • $870,000 for Wines of the King Valley to develop a smoke sensor network that will help winemakers make informed decisions.
  • $600,000 to help redevelop the iconic Alpine Hotel in Bright.
  • $375,000 for a cycle tourism and accommodation redevelopment in Bright.

Projects funded in Victoria’s Alpine Resorts:

  • $2.5 million for Falls Creek Alpine Resort to redevelop the lakeside trailhead and foreshore to assist growing water sport activation.
  • $2.5 million to develop the Mt Hotham Snow Play and Activity Hub.
  • $2 million to develop the Dinner Plain recreation reserve and village centre.

Other regional economic recovery initiatives

The Regional Economic Program Fund

These programs, also part of the Local Economic Recovery (LER) program, were established to support regional economic recovery by providing direct support to businesses in bushfire-affected regions and are now closed.

Successful programs include:  

  • $2,100,000 for On-farm Recovery Support Services, linking farmers with dedicated agricultural recovery experts to assist with pasture recovery, ground cover management and revegetation, soil health, erosion, farm water supplies and quality, risk and resilience planning (including fire preparedness), and mental health and wellbeing. 
  • $1,960,000 for the Gippsland and High-Country Visitor Reactivation Program, providing additional funds for Tourism North East and Destination Gippsland for industry support and promotion after bushfires and COVID-19. 
  • $1,280,000 for the Victorian Apprenticeship Bushfire Recovery Program to create 40 new apprenticeship and traineeship positions for young people in East Gippsland and the North East. 
  • $1,000,000 for a Microenterprise Development Program, based on a successful pilot program in the Latrobe Valley, providing coaching, mentoring, microfinance access and other resources to support sole traders. 
  • $1,000,000 for the Taungurung Bushfire Recovery Economic Prosperity Program, supporting Aboriginal cultural tourism opportunities on Taungurung Country (in the North East) and establishing the regional cultivation of mountain pepper – an in-demand ‘superfood’ used by Aboriginal people for generations. 

Reviewed 26 May 2021

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