Other funding options

To find out what other funding options are available locally, within Victoria and nation-wide, the following sites may assist in your search.

The following three grant opportunities are available in response to impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on community and business:

  1. The Australia Council for the Arts - 2020 RESILIENCE FUND
    Approximately $5M has been directed to the Resilience Fund to provide immediate relief to the Australian arts sector.
    The 2020 Resilience Fund is designed to provide emergency relief to support the livelihoods, practice and operations of Australian artists, groups and organisations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    This funding can be combined with relief offered by other arts funding agencies, government departments, support services and philanthropy.
    There are three streams you can apply for: Survive; Adapt; Create. For more information go to 2020 Resilience Fund
  2. ECSTRA Foundation Grants
    Ecstra Foundation exists to strengthen the financial capability and wellbeing of all Australians.
    Response and recovery grants are available to assist community organisations during COVID-19.
    The Ecstra Response and Recovery Grants focus on practical support to ensure frontline community organisations can: continue to respond to the immediate crisis, to deliver vital services and support to Australian communities facing financial issues support staff working remotely or in different environments adapt services to meet the needs of vulnerable consumers in the absence of face-to-face or direct service delivery, and build infrastructure and organisational capacity to address the long term social and economic recovery period that will follow the COVID-19 crisis. The total grant pool is $3,000,000. Open to established community organisations with DGR 1 status. Applications close 30 April 2020 and will be assessed on a weekly basis, with formal grant announcements by mid-May 2020.
    For further information please go to ECSTRA.
  3. Victorian Government - Business Support Fund
    As part of a $1.7 billion economic survival package, the Victorian Government has announced $500 million to establish a Business Support Fund to assist small to medium businesses most impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. The Business Support Fund is for small businesses that employ staff and are subject to closure or are highly impacted by the shutdown restrictions announced by the Victorian Government as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19). This includes businesses in the hardest hit sectors including:
    Accommodation and Food Services (e.g. cafes, restaurants, caterers, hotels, motels);
    Arts and Entertainment (e.g. cinemas, performing arts venues, creative spaces, performers, museums); Health and Beauty Services (e.g. hairdressers, barbers, beauty therapists)
    Sport and recreation (e.g. gyms, swimming pools, indoor climbing, play centres)
    Tourism (e.g. tourist transport, tour operators, tour arrangement)
    Retail, other than supermarket, groceries, liquor and pharmacy businesses
    Other Services (e.g. real estate agents).
    Applications open on Monday 30 March 2020 and close on Monday 1 June 2020. For further information go to Business Support Fund.

  4. You can find these and other grant opportunities covering a wide range of categories by searching the following useful websites:





Page last updated: Friday, 17 April 2020

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