COVID-19: Avenues of Support for Community Organisations

The outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) is causing economic disruption in many sectors including community and arts organisations.

If your business is being affected, there are resources that can help.

Here are some ways that may assist organisations at this critical time. 

Also, there is a Facebook group, ‘Australian Arts amidst COVID-19‘, that has updated info and tips for artists and arts workers during this period (info organised under tags on the right-hand side).

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AUSTRALIA COUNCIL
Arts Projects – Organisations

Organisations that undertake arts programs, projects or that provide services to artists are welcome to apply. Organisations can propose a single project, a suite of projects or annual programs of activity. Grants are available from $20,000 to $100,000. Supported activities must last no longer than two years from the proposed start date.

Applications close 1 March 2022

DEPARTMENT OF INFRASTRUCTURE
RISE

Funding to assist in the presentation of cultural and creative projects, activities and events. Projects that target audiences in outer metropolitan, regional and remote areas will also be taken into account, as well as projects that involve tours and use local regional pre-production and production, services and support acts.

Applications close 31 May 2022 or until expended; Batch 6 closes 24 October 2021.

AUSTRALIA COUNCIL
Contemporary Touring Initiative

Supports significant exhibitions of work by living contemporary visual artists and craft practitioners that reach and engage national audiences, and extend into regional communities. The grant provides up to three years of funding for the development and/or national touring of nationally significant contemporary visual arts and craft exhibitions. Organisations only can apply.

Applications close 1 March 2022

Business Victoria

Call the Business Victoria coronavirus hotline on 13 22 15 to find out about:

  • the latest information on the public health measures and how these affect your business
  • how to access the financial support available through the national and state governments
  • other support services, like accessing business, legal and IT advice and mentoring to help with things like developing business continuity and recovery plans.

Business Victoria also has advice, updates and support on their website to help your workplace plan and respond to coronavirus (COVID-19).

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