Emergency and disaster assistance for community organisations

Posted on 28 Mar 2022

By Funding Centre

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.

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.

Most of the links on this page require you to have a Funding Centre subscription to access. Try the Funding Centre for free for 14 days here.

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

Want to know how you can help organisations in NSW and QLD affected by floods? Find a flood relief appeal on GiveNow.

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, submit your information here.

Most of the links on this page require you to have a Funding Centre subscription to access. Try the Funding Centre for free for 14 days here.

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

National

JobMaker Hiring Credit Scheme

The JobMaker Hiring Credit scheme is an incentive for businesses to employ additional young job seekers aged 16–35 years. Eligible employers can access the JobMaker Hiring Credit for each eligible additional employee they hire between 7 October 2020 and 6 October 2021. The Scheme is listed on the Funding Centre here.

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

The guidelines for private and public ancillary funds have been amended to encourage increased distributions to deductible gift recipients (DGRs) as a result of covid-19.

Private and public ancillary funds that exceed their minimum distribution rate for 2019–20 and 2020–21, by a total of five percentage points or more, will have a lower minimum distribution rate in future years.

To find out if you are eligible, see:

More information is available on the ATO website.

Government funding in your state or territory

Visit the relevant state or territory business website for information about assistance on offer which your organisation may be eligible to apply for. Links are below.

Information is being updated regularly - always check the funder’s website for more information before applying.

New South Wales

Social Sector Support Fund

The $50 million Social Sector Support Fund is part of the $200 million support package for not-for profits.

The SSSF is for eligible charities and Not-For-Profits (NFPs) in the social, health, disability and animal welfare service sectors in NSW.

Below are the current grant streams for the Support Fund:

  1. Workforce Contingency for DCJ providers delivering critical face-to-face supports - Please talk to your DCJ contract manager about whether you can access this payment
  2. Select Tender process for DCJ providers to provide immediate supports to clients - by invitation only
  3. Sector Support available to DCJ-contracted providers that need advice on implementing covid-19 management plans and undertaking associated risk assessments.

Your organisation may be eligible for funding under one or more of these grant streams.

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.

Victoria

COVID-19 Event Insurance

This insurance provides cover for creative, business, sporting and community events in Victoria that have to be cancelled (or have to run at reduced capacity) because of a State or Federal Government restriction due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you take out the insurance for your event and a State or the Federal Government imposes restrictions for the period your event is due to be held, you’ll receive the following payment:

  • 100% of the event’s declared value if the event has to be cancelled
    or
  • 50% of the event’s declared value if the event goes ahead with reduced capacity (or you choose to cancel the event because of those capacity restrictions)

For multi-day events, the payment will be pro-rated for the part of the event affected by the government restrictions. The funding is listed on the Funding Centre website here.

28 July Victorian Business Support Package announced

A new jointly funded package from the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments will give Victorian small and medium businesses the extra support and confidence they need to recover from the recent lockdown.

The new Victorian Business Support Package will deliver an additional $400 million in support to thousands of businesses, with funding to be split 50/50 between the Commonwealth and Victorian Government.

The package includes:

  • $156 million Business Continuity Fund to deliver $5,000 grants to up to around 30,000 businesses that remain impacted by capacity limits placed on businesses by necessary public health restrictions. (closed 29 October 2021)
  • $80 million for the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme (ongoing, on the Funding Centre here).

View the PM's press release here.

Queensland

COVID-19 Cleaning rebate

The Queensland COVID-19 cleaning rebate supports small and medium businesses and not-for-profit organisations that have been listed as an exposure site by Queensland Health.

It will help cover professional cleaning expenses by providing a rebate of up to 80% of cleaning costs, capped at $10,000 (excluding GST) per incident, where a business is identified as a covid-19 exposure site by Queensland Health. The funding is ongoing and is listed on the Funding Centre here.

Australian Capital Territory

COVID-19 Small Business Hardship Scheme

Eligible small businesses will soon be able to apply to the ACT Government to receive credits for payroll tax, utility charges, rates and other selected fees and charges up to a maximum of $10,000 per operator. To be eligible for credits the applicant must be able to demonstrate 30 per cent loss in revenue. This scheme is for small businesses with a turnover between $30,000 and $10 million per annum. The Scheme closes March 4, 2022. Find it 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 have been extended until June 30, 2022. 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

Sounds Australia Export Stimulus Package (SAES)

The Sounds Australia Export Stimulus Program targeted support will assist Australian artists, crew and music professionals to realise significant career milestone opportunities, earn much needed income after 18 months of cancelled work, and support Australia’s quest to become a net exporting music nation. Grants will fund visas, flights, freight and carnets, pre-tour rehearsals, hotel quarantine, insurance and more.

Grants of up to a maximum of AUD$15,000 for each application are available. Applications for the next round open January 10, 2022 and close February 4, 2022. The funding is listed on the Funding Centre here.

COVID-19 Arts Sustainability Fund

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.

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.

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.

New South Wales

NSW Performing Arts Covid Support and Relaunch Packages

The aim of the NSW Performing Arts Covid Support Package is to provide urgent financial support to performing arts venues, producers and promoters impacted by the cancellation or postponement of performances resulting from the NSW Government covid-19 Public Health Orders from 26th June 2021. The funding amount per performance will be calculated using a formula of average ticket price multiplied by the number of tickets available for sale and a specified percentage.

Applications close February 14, 2022. The funding is listed on the Funding Centre here.

The aim of the NSW Performing Arts Relaunch Package is to relaunch the performing arts sector in line with the NSW Government roadmap to recovery. This package is an extension of the original Performing Arts COVID Support Package.

Applications close February 14, 2022. The funding is listed on the Funding Centre website here.

South Australia

Arts Recovery Fund

A targeted $4 million Arts Recovery Fund for South Australian artists, and arts and cultural organisations to provide short term relief, as well as support for long-term recovery in the sector.

In 2021-22, the Arts Recovery Fund will be distributed by Arts South Australia through a series of initiatives prioritising jobs in the sector, resilience and recovery pathways for arts organisations, and risk mitigation for independent artists and presenters.

New grant funding totalling $2.4 million will be made available through the following contestable grant categories:

  • Artist Employment Grants: for activity which directly employs South Australian professional practicing artists and arts workers, aligned to locally determined recovery priorities. Applications open January 17 and close February 28, 2022.
  • Practice Research and Development Grants: for practice-based research and experimentation related to making and presenting work in a living with COVID environment. Applications open January 17 and close February 28, 2022.
  • Festivals and Events Grants: to support the direct costs of employing professional artists in emerging and small scale local and regional festivals and events. Application opening date is to be confirmed, closes February 28, 2022.
  • Collaboration Grants: to support partnership opportunities and encourage strategic and innovative collaborations across the arts sector, with a focus on risk-taking, knowledge and resource sharing and new employment opportunities. (closed February 7, 2022.)

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 Nature-led Community Recovery Program (NCRP)

Community groups within fire impacted areas can apply for funding through this program to design and deliver projects that benefit local wildlife and biodiversity. The total funding available for this program is $90,000. Applicants can apply for grants up to $5,000. Applications close June 1, 2022. The funding is listed on the Funding Centre website here.

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.

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.

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.

New South Wales

Covid-19 Cross Border Sport Fund

Up to $50,000 will be available under the Cross Border Sport Fund. Eligible applicants will receive up to $1,000 (excl. GST) to provide financial support to the sport sector of NSW to assist in recovery from the impacts of COVID-19 and in recommencing community sport activities. Applications close February 28, 2022. The funding is listed on the Funding Centre website here.

CommBank Emergency Assistance support

CommBank's Emergency Assistance is for personal and business customers affected by unforeseen and disruptive risk events relating to natural disasters and pandemics. The support may include loan restructuring and waiving of selected fees and charges. CommBank encourage affected customers to call 1800 314 695 or visit any branch to discuss their individual circumstances. If you're a business customer, please call 1800 314 695 or your dedicated CommBank relationship manager. The support 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 covid-19 related relief package is available to all small businesses and home loan customers impacted by current lockdowns or recovering from recent lockdowns. It will allow the ABA and participating banks to defer loan repayments and waive certain banking fees for small businesses.

Small businesses are encouraged to contact their bank to discuss the covid-19 related relief package.

More information is available on the business.gov.au website.

National

JobMaker Hiring Credit Scheme

The JobMaker Hiring Credit scheme is an incentive for businesses to employ additional young job seekers aged 16–35 years. Eligible employers can access the JobMaker Hiring Credit for each eligible additional employee they hire between 7 October 2020 and 6 October 2021. The Scheme is listed on the Funding Centre here.

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

The guidelines for private and public ancillary funds have been amended to encourage increased distributions to deductible gift recipients (DGRs) as a result of covid-19.

Private and public ancillary funds that exceed their minimum distribution rate for 2019–20 and 2020–21, by a total of five percentage points or more, will have a lower minimum distribution rate in future years.

To find out if you are eligible, see:

More information is available on the ATO website.

Government funding in your state or territory

Visit the relevant state or territory business website for information about assistance on offer which your organisation may be eligible to apply for. Links are below.

Information is being updated regularly - always check the funder’s website for more information before applying.

New South Wales

Social Sector Support Fund

The $50 million Social Sector Support Fund is part of the $200 million support package for not-for profits.

The SSSF is for eligible charities and Not-For-Profits (NFPs) in the social, health, disability and animal welfare service sectors in NSW.

Below are the current grant streams for the Support Fund:

  1. Workforce Contingency for DCJ providers delivering critical face-to-face supports - Please talk to your DCJ contract manager about whether you can access this payment
  2. Select Tender process for DCJ providers to provide immediate supports to clients - by invitation only
  3. Sector Support available to DCJ-contracted providers that need advice on implementing covid-19 management plans and undertaking associated risk assessments.

Your organisation may be eligible for funding under one or more of these grant streams.

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.

Commercial Landlord Hardship grant

Grants of up to $3,000 per month (GST inclusive), per property, are available for eligible landlords who have provided rental waivers to affected tenants financially impacted by COVID-19 restrictions. Rent waived must comprise at least half of any rental reduction provided. The remaining portion may be a rental deferral. The grant does not apply to rent deferrals. Applications close May 31, 2022. The funding is listed on the Funding Centre website here.

Victoria

COVID-19 Event Insurance

This insurance provides cover for creative, business, sporting and community events in Victoria that have to be cancelled (or have to run at reduced capacity) because of a State or Federal Government restriction due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you take out the insurance for your event and a State or the Federal Government imposes restrictions for the period your event is due to be held, you’ll receive the following payment:

  • 100% of the event’s declared value if the event has to be cancelled
    or
  • 50% of the event’s declared value if the event goes ahead with reduced capacity (or you choose to cancel the event because of those capacity restrictions)

For multi-day events, the payment will be pro-rated for the part of the event affected by the government restrictions. The funding is listed on the Funding Centre website here.

Queensland

COVID-19 Cleaning rebate

The Queensland COVID-19 cleaning rebate supports small and medium businesses and not-for-profit organisations that have been listed as an exposure site by Queensland Health.

It will help cover professional cleaning expenses by providing a rebate of up to 80% of cleaning costs, capped at $10,000 (excluding GST) per incident, where a business is identified as a covid-19 exposure site by Queensland Health. The funding is ongoing and is listed on the Funding Centre here.

Northern Territory

International Restart Support Fund - Tourism

The Northern Territory (NT) Government is providing a one-off, temporary marketing support fund opportunity for Territory tourism businesses and not for profit organisations. Territory tourism businesses can apply for a maximum of $15,000. Applicants are expected to provide a cash co-contribution. The NT Government will contribute 3:1 of the total project value up to a maximum amount of $15,000 (excluding GST). Applications are open until 30 April 2022. Find it on the Funding Centre website 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 have been extended until June 30, 2022. 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 Arts Sustainability Fund

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.

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.

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.

New South Wales

NSW Performing Arts Covid Support and Relaunch Packages

The aim of the NSW Performing Arts Covid Support Package is to provide urgent financial support to performing arts venues, producers and promoters impacted by the cancellation or postponement of performances resulting from the NSW Government covid-19 Public Health Orders from 26th June 2021. The funding amount per performance will be calculated using a formula of average ticket price multiplied by the number of tickets available for sale and a specified percentage.

Applications have been extended to April 30, 2022. The funding is listed on the Funding Centre here.

The aim of the NSW Performing Arts Relaunch Package is to relaunch the performing arts sector in line with the NSW Government roadmap to recovery. This package is an extension of the original Performing Arts COVID Support Package.

Applications have been extended to April 30, 2022. The funding is listed on the Funding Centre website here.

South Australia

Festivals and Events Grants

Festivals and Events Grants support the direct costs of employing professional artists in emerging and small scale local and regional festivals and events. Application close April 15, 2022. The funding is listed on the Funding Centre website here.

National

BizRebuild help for bushfire affected communities

BizRebuild are on the ground in bushfire affected regions providing immediate relief and acting on what communities tell us they need to rebuild. Their assistance is rapid, targeted and designed to make a difference for the long term. There are three main ways they can assist affected communities:

  1. Getting businesses back on their feet
  2. Replacing tools and equipment
  3. Finding the right solutions with communities

Contact BizRebuild here for support.

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 Nature-led Community Recovery Program (NCRP)

Community groups within fire impacted areas can apply for funding through this program to design and deliver projects that benefit local wildlife and biodiversity. The total funding available for this program is $90,000. Applicants can apply for grants up to $5,000. Applications close June 1, 2022. The funding is listed on the Funding Centre website here.

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.

Western Australia

Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements

Relief measures are available to assist in meeting the needs of primary producers whose assets or primary production business has been affected by a disaster. There are two streams of support on offer listed on the Funding Centre below.

  1. Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements - (Category B)
  2. Tropical Cyclone Seroja Pimary Producer Recovery Grant (Category C)

National

2022 East Coast Emergency Response Grants Program

The ILSC Program has been established as an emergency response grant for any Indigenous corporation whose property has been directly affected by the floods. A grant of up to $20,000 (GST exclusive) per entity could be available to assist either:Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Corporations to immediately secure and clean-up loss or damage to their property; or Indigenous groups who have a land or water-based business and who are assisting (whether paid or not) with immediate recovery and clean-up efforts. The amount of each grant will be determined based on the immediate recovery efforts required and the costs of these efforts but will not exceed $20,000 (GST exclusive). The program is open until 15 June 2022. The ILSC will review community need at this time and may decide to extend the Program. Find the program on the Funding Centre website here.

Be Connected: Digital Devices grant

Digital Devices grants are one-off $5,000 grants to fund community organisations in the Be Connected Network to loan devices and data to socially isolated or disadvantaged learners over 50. This round of the Digital Devices Grant is for organisations in NSW and QLD who support flood impacted communities. Applications open May, 30 2022. The funding is listed on the Funding Centre website here.

FRRR Flood Recovery Appeal

The Foundation for Rural Regional Renewal (FRRR) provides grants to local not-for-profits and community groups for community-led recovery and resilience. FRRR's Flood Recovery Appeal is supporting flood-affected remote, and rural & regional communities across Australia that have been affected by floods in 2022. Visit the FRRR website for more information.

BizRebuild help for flood affected communities

BizRebuild are on the ground in flood affected regions providing immediate relief and acting on what communities tell us they need to rebuild. Their assistance is rapid, targeted and designed to make a difference for the long term. There are three main ways they can assist affected communities:

  1. Getting businesses back on their feet
  2. Replacing tools and equipment
  3. Finding the right solutions with communities

Contact BizRebuild here for support.

Good360 flood disaster recovery support

Good360 is a matchmaker, connecting brand-new goods donated by businesses to people and communities who need them the most. Since March 2021, Good360 has connected over 700,000 requested goods (valued at $3.2M RRP) to flood affected communities in NSW and Queensland.

If you're a not-for-profit or disadvantaged school who is helping communities affected by floods, contact the Good360 Giving Team to learn if you qualify for flood Disaster Recovery support.

New South Wales

Natural Disaster Grants

The James Frizelle Charitable Foundation supports natural disaster relief including support of the volunteer brigades called upon in times of need particularly during fires and floods. Consideration is also given in this program to natural disasters occurring beyond the geographical boundaries normally supported.

There are two Funding Rounds per Program per calendar year. There may be emergency and disaster funding made available at varying times.

Second Round:

  • Opens 1st August
  • Expressions of Interest close 30th September

The funding is listed on the Funding Centre website here.

2022 East Coast Emergency Response Grants Program

The ILSC Program has been established as an emergency response grant for any Indigenous corporation whose property has been directly affected by the floods. A grant of up to $20,000 (GST exclusive) per entity could be available to assist either:Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Corporations to immediately secure and clean-up loss or damage to their property; or Indigenous groups who have a land or water-based business and who are assisting (whether paid or not) with immediate recovery and clean-up efforts. The amount of each grant will be determined based on the immediate recovery efforts required and the costs of these efforts but will not exceed $20,000 (GST exclusive). The program is open until 15 June 2022. The ILSC will review community need at this time and may decide to extend the Program. Find the program on the Funding Centre website here.

CommBank Flood Relief Grants

Grants of up to $10,000 are available to not-for-profit and community organisations directly impacted by the floods or directly supporting relief, recovery and resilience efforts. Community organisations, charity or not-for-profit organisations, including rescue services, schools, or sporting clubs directly impacted by the floods or supporting flood affected regions are eligible to apply. Applications close June 30, 2022. The funding is listed on the Funding Centre website here.

Children and Young People Wellbeing Recovery Initiative - Large grants for storm and flood impacted regions

This program will fund projects to build resilience, improve wellbeing and strengthen community connections for regional children and youth living in storm and flood affected areas of regional NSW. The grant will remain open until 31 December 2022 or until funds are fully expended, whichever is sooner. The funding is listed on the Funding Centre website here.

Disaster relief loans for not-for-profits, sporting and recreation clubs, small business, and primary producers

Natural disaster relief loans assist voluntary non-profit organisations (up to $25,000), sporting and recreation clubs (up to $10,000), small businesses (up to $130,000), and primary producers (up to $130,000) directly affected by a declared natural disaster including flood, fire or storm damage. Applications are open on an ongoing basis. The funding is listed on the Funding Centre below.

Storm and flood disaster recovery small business grant - February and March 2022

If you've been directly impacted by storms and floods in February and March 2022, you may be eligible for a storm and flood disaster recovery small business grant. This disaster recovery grant of up to $50,000 is to help pay for the costs of clean-up and reinstatement of a small business or not-for-profit organisation’s operations. Applications are demand driven.

The funding is listed on the Funding Centre website here.

Community Enterprise Foundation Flood disaster appeal

Community Enterprise Foundation is raising funds to support individuals and communities affected by floods in South East QLD and Northern NSW. Donations will be used on the ground. In a range of locally identified charitable areas, CEF aim to provide relief and recovery in the flood affected areas. For updates on when and how you might be able to get access to the Fund once available, visit their website.

Northern Rivers Medium-Sized Business Grant

Medium sized businesses or not-for-profit organisations in the Northern Rivers that have experienced direct damage as a result of storms and floods in February and March 2022 can claim up to $200,000. The funding is to help pay for the costs of clean-up and reinstatement of operations.

The funding is listed on the Funding Centre here.

Queensland

Natural Disaster Grants

The James Frizelle Charitable Foundation supports natural disaster relief including support of the volunteer brigades called upon in times of need particularly during fires and floods. Consideration is also given in this program to natural disasters occurring beyond the geographical boundaries normally supported.

There are two Funding Rounds per Program per calendar year. There may be emergency and disaster funding made available at varying times.

Second Round:

  • Opens 1st August
    Expressions of Interest close 30th September

The funding is listed on the Funding Centre website here.

CommBank Flood Relief Grants

Grants of up to $10,000 are available to not-for-profit and community organisations directly impacted by the floods or directly supporting relief, recovery and resilience efforts. Community organisations, charity or not-for-profit organisations, including rescue services, schools, or sporting clubs directly impacted by the floods or supporting flood affected regions are eligible to apply. Applications close June 30, 2022. The funding is listed on the Funding Centre website here.

Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority (QRIDA) Extraordinary Disaster Assistance Recovery Grants

Grants of up to $50,000 are available for affected non-profit organisations and small businesses, and up to $75,000 for eligible primary producers following South East Queensland Rainfall and Flooding to hire or purchase equipment and materials, clean up, remove debris, repair or replace damaged infrastructure or goods and other costs associated with the recovery process.

Applications close September 5, 2022. The funding is listed on the Funding Centre website below.

Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority (QRIDA Special Disaster Assistance Recovery Grants

Grants of up to $50,000 are available for affected producers following Central Southern Western Queensland rainfall and flooding to hire or purchase equipment and materials, clean up, remove debris, replace fencing and other costs associated with the recovery process. Applications close June 30, 2022.

The funding is listed on the Funding Centre website here.

Disaster Assistance Loans activated for South East Queensland Rainfall and Flooding, 22 February - 7 March 2022

Disaster Assistance Loans of up to $100,000 for non-profit organisations, and $250,000 for small businesses and primary producers are available to assist with re-establishing normal operations. Concessional loans will cover costs such as:

  • repairing or replacing damaged plant and equipment
  • repairing or replacing essential premises including grounds, amenities and infrastructure
  • supplying stock for up to one month to replace lost stock and maintain liquidity of the organisation.

Applications are demand driven. The funding is listed on the Funding Centre website below.

Community Grants - South East Queensland Severe Weather Events

Through its Community Grants program, RACQ Foundation gives community groups, charities and sporting clubs the opportunity to rebuild after cyclones, severe storms, bushfires and drought. If you are a Queensland sporting club/organisation, community group, charity or an organisation with a charitable purpose, and have been impacted by the 2022 South East Queensland severe weather events, you can apply now for a Community Grant with RACQ Foundation. Applications close April 10, 2022. The funding is listed on the Funding Centre website here.

Resilient Homes Fund

The $741 million Resilient Homes Fund is designed to help Queenslanders affected by the 2021-22 floods, make their homes more resilient to future flooding. The program will provide a range of options including: retrofitting using flood-resilient design, house raising and voluntary buy backs for high-risk properties.

The funding is listed on the Funding Centre here.

Sport and Recreation Disaster Recovery Program (SRDRP)

Not-for-profit sport and active recreation organisations are eligible for funding of up to $5000 to re-establish their facilities after extreme natural events, specifically floods, cyclones and severe storm events. Areas declared eligible are listed on the Queensland Disaster Management website.

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.

New South Wales

Children and Young People Wellbeing Recovery Initiative - Small grants

This $1.5 million grants program supports the recovery and wellbeing of children and young people living in regional NSW. The program will help eligible applicants deliver projects to promote social inclusion and build community connections for regional children and youth aged 0-24 years. A maximum of $50,000 will be allocated to each LGA to ensure funding is dispersed across regional communities, with grants of between $500 and $10,000 available for each proposal. Applications will remain open until 31 March 2023 or until funds are fully expended, whichever is sooner. The funding is listed on the Funding Centre website here.

Victoria

Emergency Sporting Equipment Grant Program

The Emergency Sporting Equipment Grant Program helps Victorian sport and active recreation community organisations replace essential sports equipment that has been lost or destroyed as a consequence of unpreventable and exceptional events such as fire, flood, significant storms, theft or criminal damage.

Grants of up to $2,000 (excluding GST) are available towards the replacement cost of the lost or damaged equipment that is owned by the applicant organisation. Applications close June 30, 2022. The funding is listed on the Funding Centre website here.

Community Cricket Program - Facilities Stream

This program funds the development of cricket facilities that support participation and inclusion of women and girls and other under-represented groups along with disadvantaged communities, while boosting local economic activity. Applications of up to $100,000 will be accepted, and priority will be given to supporting communities that have experienced natural disasters, such as bushfires, flood and drought. Applications close April 11, 2022. The funding is listed on the Funding Centre website here.

New South Wales

COVID-19 Aboriginal Community Response Program

The COVID-19 Aboriginal Community Response Program will provide small quick response grants from $1,000 to $10,000 support Aboriginal communities across NSW to reduce their risk of being exposed to COVID-19 and enable them to manage the impacts of the pandemic. Applications close April 29, 2022. The funding is listed on the Funding Centre website here.

Northern Territory

Sport and active recreation grants: quick response

The Sport and Active Recreation Quick Response Grant Program enables communities to shape the future of sport and active recreation though local decision making through one-off projects that benefit and engage the Territory sporting community through community-led initiatives. Grants of up to $10,000 are available to help organisations replace stolen equipment or to repair or replace damaged equipment due to fire, flood, storm or criminal activity. Applications close May 31, 2022. The funding is listed on the Funding Centre website here.

CommBank Emergency Assistance support

You may be able to access a range of tailored support options if you or your business are impacted by a natural disaster, pandemic or other disruptive or unforeseen event. In response to the catastrophic flooding across Australia’s east coast, they’ve activated Emergency Assistance to assist impacted customers and businesses in Queensland and New South Wales. The program is listed on the Funding Centre website here.

Australian banks offer COVID-19, flood customer relief

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

The covid-19 related relief package is available to all small businesses and home loan customers impacted by current lockdowns or recovering from recent lockdowns. It will allow the ABA and participating banks to defer loan repayments and waive certain banking fees for small businesses.

Small businesses are encouraged to contact their bank to discuss the covid-19 related relief package.

More information is available on the business.gov.au website.

Australia’s banks have announced options to defer loan repayments for up to 3 months for those customers affected by the flood disasters in NSW and Queensland. Read more here.

Westpac Disaster Relief Package

Small business customers in NSW and QLD in flood impacted postcodes can apply for up to $3,000 per customer group in cash grants to help with urgent expenses or repairs as a result of the floods.

If you need support, tailored assistance is available through our Customer Assist team.

  • Westpac consumer customers can apply online or call Westpac Assist on 1800 067 497. Business customers who need support can contact their Relationship Manager or call Westpac Assist on 1800 067 497.
  • St.George consumer customers can apply online or call St.George Assist on 1800 629 795. Business customers who need support can contact their Relationship Manager or call St.George Assist on 1800 629 795.

Media release: www.westpac.com.au/about-westpac/media/media-releases/2022/3-march/

Australian Banking Association list of support available

ABA member banks offer a range of services to help. These can include: 

  • A deferral of scheduled loan repayments 
  • Waiving fees and charges, including break costs on early access to term deposits
  • Debt consolidation to help make repayments more manageable 
  • Restructuring existing loans free of the usual establishment fees 
  • Deferring interest payments on a case-by-case basis 
  • Offering additional finance to help cover cash flow shortages 
  • Deferring upcoming credit card payments  Increasing emergency credit card limits.  

See all support here.


This page was originally posted 20 March, 2020

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