Assistance for organisations affected by COVID-19 and natural disasters

Posted on 24 Mar 2020

By Funding Centre grants team - updated weekly

This page provides information about financial assistance available to not-for-profit organisations and community groups affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, bushfires, flood, drought and other natural disasters. It is updated as we become aware of changes. For the very latest information in these rapidly changing times, please check with the assistance provider.

Want to know how you can help organisations in need? Visit the GiveNow COVID-19 Response page here.

If you're aware of other grants or assistance that should be listed on this page, please contact service@ourcommunity.com.au. If you’re a funder providing support for organisations impacted by COVID-19, submit your information here.

Funding Centre members can browse grants on our grants database here.

National

ATO payment deferrals

For not-for-profits experiencing difficulties, the ATO can defer some payments by up to six months. Payments that may be deferred include income tax, activity statements, pay as you go (PAYG) instalments, FBT and excise payments. Contact the ATO's Emergency Support Infoline 1800 806 218 for more information on how to access this assistance.

Boosting cash flow for employers

Eligible not-for-profit (NFP) organisations who employ staff will receive between $20,000 to $100,000 in cash flow boost amounts by lodging their activity statements up to the month or quarter of September 2020. The cash flow boosts will be delivered as credits in the activity statement system. They will generally be equivalent to the amount withheld from wages paid to employees for each monthly or quarterly period from March to June 2020. More information on the ATO website here.

Amended guidelines for ancillary funds

To encourage increased distributions to deductible gift recipients (DGRs) as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, private and public ancillary funds will receive a credit if they increase their distributions to DGRs by a total of at least 4 percentage points above the minimum distribution rate in 2019–20 and 2020–21. More information is available on the ATO website.

Queensland

Small Business COVID-19 Adaption Grant

Small Business Adaption Grants will assist not-for-profits and businesses in Queensland who have been forced into hibernation, or those who have experienced a significant structural adjustment or forced re-pivoting of their business operations as a result of the pandemic with funding of between $2,000 - $10,000. Applications are open on an ongoing basis. The funding is listed on the Funding Centre here.

Victoria

21 July 2021 Top-Up Payment

The 21 July 2021 Top-Up Payment provides additional support to eligible small to medium businesses in sectors affected by the current restrictions in metropolitan and regional Victoria.

The Top-Up Payment applies to the following:

  • Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two
    Successful recipients of Round Two will receive an additional $2800. The program will re-open for applications by the end of July for businesses that did not apply for previous rounds as an opportunity to apply for the Top-Up Payments.
  • Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021
    Successful recipients will receive an additional $4200. Eligible businesses that did not apply for the previous round will also be provided an opportunity to apply for Top-Up Payments.

The payments will be processed automatically in July 2021.

Further information will be available soon. Visit the Top-Up Payment page for updates.

New South Wales

Small business fees and charges rebate

If you are a sole trader, the owner of a small business or a not-for-profit organisation in NSW, you may be eligible for a small business fees and charges rebate of $1500. This rebate helps businesses recover from the impacts of COVID-19 and encourages growth by reducing the cost of running a business. The rebate will be available until 30 June 2022. Visit the Funding Centre for more information.

COVID-19 business support – 2021

If your business or not-for-profit organisation has been impacted by the restrictions, you may be eligible to apply from 19 July 2021.

You can get notified on existing and upcoming financial support, including:

  • COVID-19 business grant: if you’re a business, sole trader or not-for-profit organisation impacted by the current Greater Sydney COVID-19 restrictions, you may be able to apply for a grant of $7,500, $10,500 or $15,000. View the program on the Funding Centre here.
  • JobSaver: JobSaver will provide fortnightly payments to help maintain employee headcount (as at 13 July) and provide cashflow support to businesses. Applications open late July. The program is listed on the Funding Centre here.
  • Micro business grant: if you’re a micro business (small business or sole trader with annual turnover of more than $30,000 and under $75,000) impacted by the current Greater Sydney COVID-19 restrictions, you may be able to apply for a grant of up to $1500 from late July 2021. The program is listed on the Funding Centre here.

Victoria

Support for Aged Care Workers in COVID-19 (SACWIC)

The SACWIC grant opportunity is the second grant opportunity to be established under the COVID-19 Aged Care Support program. It is designed to minimise the risk of an infection occurring in the aged care sector. Applications close 31 December, 2021. The funding is listed on the Funding Centre here.

CHSP Emergency support for COVID-19

CHSP aims to ensure CHSP service providers are able to continue to provide quality aged care services in an unexpected situation or one that poses a risk to the safety and care of aged care services recipients and/or staff. Applications close 30 June 2022 or until the funding allocation is exhausted. The funding is listed on the Funding Centre here.

National

COVID-19 Creative Economy Support Package

The Federal Government's $250 million COVID-19 Creative Economy Support Package was announced on 29 June and includes the following initiatives:

  1. $75 million in grants through the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund. Grants from $75,000 to $2 million are available to support the delivery and presentation of activities across all art forms to audiences across Australia. On 25 March 2021 the Government announced an additional $125 million in funding for the RISE Fund, available until 31 December 2021. The funding is listed on the Funding Centre here.
  2. $50 million Temporary Interruption Fund (TIF) for Screen Australia to support local film and television producers to restart filming. Applications close 26 November 2021. The funding is listed on the Funding Centre here.
  3. Up to $5 million is available to arts organisations through the COVID-19 Arts Sustainability Fund, which provides ‘last resort’ funding assistance to significant Australian Government-funded arts organisations that are assessed to be at imminent risk of insolvency as a direct result of COVID-19. Applications close 31 May, 2022. The funding is listed on the Funding Centre here.

Emergency financial relief for individual artists

1000x1000: Crisis Cash for Artists is a campaign led by Theatre Network Australia and facilitated by Creative Partnerships Australia through the Australian Cultural Fund to provide emergency financial relief to artists in need. Individual artists who have lost income due to COVID-19 may be eligible to apply. Applications are ongoing. The Theatre Network Australia will strive to notify applicants within the week. The funding is listed on the Funding Centre here.

Support Act Crisis Relief Grants

With funding support from the Australian Government through the Office for the Arts, Support Act has expanded its services to offer Crisis Relief to music industry professionals impacted by COVID-19.

The funding will offer relief to musicians, crew and music workers who are unable to access Government benefits due to eligibility or other issues, and music workers who have been able to access Government benefits but are still facing financial hardship. Applications are ongoing. The funding is listed on the Funding Centre here.

Live Music Australia program

The Live Music Australia program is designed to boost the live music industry, revive business ventures in local suburbs, towns and regions across the country, and build capacity for a sustainable live music scene with strong community roots.

The focus of the program is on small to medium venues that support high quality original Australian live music that is professionally staged. Applications for Round 3 close 9 August, 2021. The funding is listed on the Funding Centre here.

Queensland

Touring Queensland Fund

The Touring Queensland Fund offers support for the delivery of high quality, tour-ready work and exhibitions to and from regional Queensland communities with demonstrated community interest and demand. One of the objectives is to respond to the challenges on viability of touring models as a result of COVID-19 impacts. Applicants can apply for up to $200,000. The next round of applications open 18 August and close 13 October, 2021. The funding is listed on the Funding Centre here.

Western Australia

Getting the Show back on the Road grants

Getting the Show back on the Road is a shared risk program that supports a percentage of box office loss in the situation where there has been a negative impact due to COVID-19 for the presentation of performing arts and live music events. Applications will be considered from performing arts organisations, live music event producers and presenters, festival organisers and commercial event companies. Applications are ongoing. The funding is listed on the Funding Centre here.

National (excluding NT and WA)

Bushfire Restoration Grants: Tree planting

The Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife invites applications to support tree planting projects as part of bushfire restoration projects in and around regions impacted by the 2019-20 Black Summer bushfires. Applications are currently open on an ongoing basis. The opportunity is listed on the Funding Centre here.

Australian Capital Territory

Support and relief after bushfires

Communities@Work are offering bushfire relief to help support those affected by the bushfire crisis. If you are currently in the ACT, have been affected by bushfires (ACT, NSW or VIC), and are experiencing hardship, get in contact with Communities@Work. The support is available on an ongoing basis. The support is listed on the Funding Centre here.

Victoria

Bushfire Recovery Grants for Community Facilities

Bushfire Recovery Grants for Community Facilities have been established to support local organisations to repair and improve damaged or destroyed community facilities in fire affected communities. Community groups and not-for-profit organisations will be able to apply for grants up to $50,000. Applications close 30 June, 2022. The funding is listed on the Funding Centre here.

Bushfire Recovery Grants for Local Government Authorities and Community Service Organisations

$500,000 Bushfire Recovery Grants for LGAs and CSOs will help councils, charities and community organisations support recovery, redevelopment and resilience after the 2019/20 Victorian Bushfires, and to build capacity and preparedness for the future. Applications close 31 December, 2021. The funding is listed on the Funding Centre here.

National

Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package

Weekly payments will be made directly to early childhood education and care services to help them keep their doors open and employees in their jobs through the Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package. Early childhood education and childcare services do not need to apply for the payments, they will be paid automatically. The payments will commence on 6 April 2020. For more information, see Information for early childhood education and care providers and services.

New South Wales

COVID-19 free preschool funding program

Funding is being provided as a top-up payment to replace a proportion of fee income that is being lost as a result of decreasing enrolments due to the COVID-19 pandemic, to support families with cost of living pressures and to support the ongoing provision of 600 hours of early childhood education in the year before school. There is currently no closing date to opt in. The department encourages providers to respond as soon as possible. The timing of payments may be impacted based on the timing of information received from Providers. The funding is listed on the Funding Centre here.

National

Charity TV Global Grants

Charity TV Global is an international TV production company based in Australia that combines entertainment with philanthropy. Net proceeds from all filming projects are gifted to philanthropic partners. Charity TV Global's mission is to use entertainment as a vehicle to steer global audiences into 'giving back'. Grants are now available for organisations impacted by Coronavirus. Applicants can register on their website. The funding is listed on the Funding Centre here.

NAB Foundation Community Grants

Grants between $1,000 and $10,000 are available to fund local projects that prepare for natural disasters, support long-term recovery and build resilience against future disasters. Applications close 31 July, 2021. The funding is listed on the Funding Centre here.

Find help on the ACNC website

The ACNC website has some information for not-for-profit organisations and charities about how to deal with staff working remotely and your organisation’s ability to fundraise.

Victoria

Reduced reporting requirements for charities in Victoria

Charities registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) are no longer required to apply for fundraiser registration; renew their fundraiser registration; or lodge an annual statement with Consumer Affairs Victoria. To benefit from the reduced reporting requirements, your organisation will need to notify Consumer Affairs Victoria of your charity registration with the ACNC via myCAV. Fundraisers that are registered charities still have ongoing responsibilities to Consumer Affairs Victoria and the public. For more information, see Charities information.

DHHS, Red Cross emergency relief support

The Red Cross has been commissioned by the DHHS to deliver an Extreme Hardship Support Program to provide financial assistance, information and referrals to people living in Victoria who are experiencing significant hardship as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and are unable to access other forms of Victorian Government and Commonwealth Government income support. The Brotherhood of St Laurence will support community organisations to identify and support eligible people to apply. More information is available on the Funding Centre.

Western Australia

Small business stimulus/relief package includes some support for not-for-profit groups

The WA Government small business stimulus/relief package includes some support for not-for-profit groups, including waiving rental payments in State Government-owned buildings for six months. Visit www.smallbusiness.wa.gov.au for more information.

Queensland and New South Wales

Natural Disaster Grants

The James Frizelle Charitable Foundation is providing grants to organisations with DGR status to support natural disaster relief. The next round of applications open 1 August and close 30 September, 2021. The funding is listed on the Funding Centre here.

Note: Many local councils are supporting their community groups through a range of measures including rent payment deferrals and rebates, fee waiver of some services, adapting grant funding rounds to suit current needs, paying outstanding invoices in shorter turnaround periods, etc. Contact your local council to find out what support may be available.

National

Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) grants variations policy

The Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) has a grants variations policy to respond to special circumstances such as the Covid-19 outbreak. If something has changed in your community, they are encouraging grantees to get in touch with them. Visit the FRRR website for more information on how to get in touch.

BHP $50 million Vital Resources Fund

BHP has established a $50 million Vital Resources Fund to help support regional Australian communities in its areas of operation, which are facing the significant challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic. Spending will be focused on the regions surrounding BHP’s Australian operations, including the Bowen Basin in Central Queensland, the Hunter Valley in NSW, Roxby Downs and the Upper Spencer Gulf in South Australia, and the Pilbara and Goldfields regions in Western Australia.

The Fund is listed on the Funding Centre here.

Australian banks offer COVID-19 customer relief

The Australian Banking Association has announced further support for customers affected by continuing COVID-19 lockdowns or those recovering from recent lockdowns.

The national support package will be available to all small businesses and home loan customers significantly impacted by current lockdowns or recovery from recent lockdowns, irrespective of geography or industry.

On application, support includes:

  • Business banking repayment deferrals
  • Everyday banking support
  • Home loan support

The package is subject to re-authorisation by the ACCC which the ABA is urgently seeking.

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