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).

SBS is committed to informing all Australians about the latest coronavirus developments.
News and information about coronavirus (COVID-19) is available in 63 languages.

Small Business COVID-19 Hardship Payments

Your business must hold an Australian Business Number (ABN) and have held that ABN on and from 28 July 2021; must have been registered for Goods and Services Tax (GST) on and from 28 July 2021; must be able to demonstrate a reduction in turnover of at least 70% for a two-week period since 27 May 2021. Your business must not have received funding under any of the Victorian Government COVID-19 support packages launched on or after 27 May 2021. Grant is $20,000.

Applications close 10 September 2021

Small Regional Presenters Program

A funding program that supports regional communities to program and present shows in their area. It also supports skills development and capacity building by encouraging presenters to develop long term plans and audience development strategies. This is the only round of Small Regional Presenters that is open for presentations taking place in 2022. Up to $15,000.

Applications close 14 October 2021 12pm

Cultural Fund Organisations Grant

For projects that deliver exceptional opportunities for Australian writers, journalists, editors, picture book illustrators, English and literacy teachers, visual artists and key industry stakeholders in the writing, publishing, education, and visual arts sectors. Up to $25,000

Applications close 10 October 2021

Large Grants 2022

Up to $40,000 for projects in 2022. Requires some co-funding.

Applications close 20 October.

Community Grants

The Foundation allocates cash grants in funding rounds with a focus on DGR-registered charities that receive little or no government funding. Up to $50,000 per grant.

Applications close: 10 October 2021

Freemasons Foundation Victoria
FFV Community Grants

Freemasons Foundation Victoria invites charities registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) to apply for a FFV Community Grant for programs and initiatives in the areas of: Health Projects & Medical Research; Community Development; Education; Indigenous Programs; Arts. Grants between $5,000 and $50,000 are available.

Applications close: 30 September 2021

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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