- Last updated:
- 22 Nov 2022
From March 2020, council observed the impacts COVID-19 and associated national public health directions had on local not-for-profit community organisations.
Council designed a suite of grant and funding support measures in response to the declared Disaster Situation, in line with community need, as it evolved.
Image: 2020/21 COVID-19 Community Grants and Partnerships Response Budget Breakdown. In the previous financial year (2019/20) $359,807 was allocated for 97 COVID-19 Community Response Grants.
Council's Local Community Relief Plan - COVID-19 (April 2020), guided efforts to support community organisations in continuing their services and maintaining business continuity through response and into recovery.
Emergency Grants - (Applications Open)
Existing program criteria was expanded to include broader costs related to a declared Disaster Situation. The maximum funding amount was increased from $2000 to $3000.
During a declared Disaster Situation, such as COVID-19, Emergency Grants may assist where not-for-profit organisations:
- have costs that are having a significant impact on the organisation's ability to continue to operate
- have costs that are meeting the significant community need created by the disaster
- are experiencing financial hardship, in which case, operational expenditure will be eligible.
Visit the Emergency Grants webpage for more information and to apply.
COVID-19 Community Response Grants - (Applications Closed)
These grants offered targeted financial assistance to community organisations impacted by COVID-19. The round closed 1 June 2020.
Community Partnership Funding Program - (Applications Closed)
Existing partners in this program, who had been impacted by COVID-19 restrictions, had the opportunity to apply for a once-off funding boost. Applications closed 22 February 2021.
Sport Field Maintenance Funding Program – (Applications Closed)
Existing partners in this program, who had been impacted by COVID-19 restrictions, had the opportunity to access a once-off funding boost. Applications closed 30 April 2021.
Major Grants co-funding relief - (no longer applicable)
Ordinary co-funding requirements were temporarily reduced in 2020/21 to recognise how difficult community group fundraising was at that point in time.
Flexible approach to project variations.
In addition to the suite of financial support initiatives offered, a flexible approach was taken to requested project variations for previously funded projects and events, where there was a COVID-19 imapct.
Visit our Funding Outcomes webpage to find lists of previous successful applicants from council's grants and funding programs.
Other COVID-19 related help
For more information on other grants aimed to assist groups affected by the COVID-19 environment, check out council's other funding opportunities webpage.
For any queries please contact the Community Connections and Partnerships Team on (07) 5420 8616 or via email@example.com to discuss your organisation's individual circumstances.