Under the extension, Aboriginal-owned businesses can apply for grants of up to $6,000 to cover their expenses, adapt and plan for the future. Around 160 businesses are expected to be eligible.
The fund is open to Victorian Aboriginal businesses including those that are sole traders and self-employed. They must be certified as an Aboriginal business through the Kinaway Chamber of Commerce, have a minimum turnover of $30,000 per annum (or pro rata) and have been impacted by temporary trading restrictions introduced to slow the spread of COVID-19.
“Aboriginal businesses have shown amazing resilience throughout the pandemic and we’re proud to stand with them as we look forward to the economy reopening,” said Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Gabrielle Williams.
Minister for Small Business Jaala Pulford added that it was important for Aboriginal businesses to remain supported to adapt to changes bought about by the pandemic.
The extension builds on the $1.3 million allocated last year.