- Name: COVID-19 Quick Response grants
- Status: Open
- Frequency: Available for a short time until funds run out
- Amount: Up to $5,000. One application per organisation.
- Eligibility: Available to community sector organisations providing vital social support and emergency relief services to address immediate community needs in relation to the impact of COVID-19.
Purpose of this grant
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to create significant challenges for the community sector who are working hard to support Casey’s most vulnerable residents. During this time, Council has already provided significant support to community organisations through its Quick Response grants program. This includes a substantial level of funding distributed to community service organisations and emergency food relief providers in response to local community needs.
The COVID-19 Quick Response grants aim to extend and strengthen this assistance for the community sector. This will be done by providing up to $5,000 to support COVID-19 related services, programs and initiatives that need to be acted on within a short timeframe and align with one or more of the following purposes:
- respond immediately to community needs
- provide targeted assistance to Casey’s most vulnerable residents
- provide culturally sensitive services to high need groups
- enhance organisational capacity to retain staff and volunteers
- meet demand for support services that are not being met.
Applications can be for new initiatives, or to increase the capacity and amplify the impact of current programs and services.
Examples of what will be considered include:
- Crisis support services for residents experiencing housing, safety, family violence, legal and mental health emergencies
- Emergency relief including meals, groceries and material aid for people in need
- Increase in staffing for counselling and other psycho-social support services
- Community engagement and messaging for CALD communities
- Support for volunteers and professional staff
- Initiatives to assist people to access and use digital technologies
- Initiatives that support gender equality in recovery.
Who can apply for this grant
To apply for this grant, your group must:
- be a not for profit, charitable organisation or social enterprise
- be a legal entity (e.g an incorporated association, a co-operative, company or trust)
- provide programs or services for City of Casey residents
- have a level of public liability insurance appropriate to the activity
- create an itemised budget, detailing how you will spend the funds
- submit your application and documentation online
- have acquitted any previous grants you have received from us
- have no outstanding funds owing to council
Applicants are notified of the outcome of their application within 5 to 10 business days and payments are fast tracked where possible.
Who cannot apply for this grant
You cannot apply for this grant if you are:
- an individual
- a private business
- a for-profit organisation
- a political party and/or group
- a government agency
- a council-managed kindergarten
- a school or university
What we cannot fund
We cannot accept applications for:
- Capital works including permanent structures or anything that increases the value of your facility.
- Large equipment items
- Activities/purchases that have already happened before we receive your application
- Grants programs, prizes, awards or donations.
- Programs that only advocate religion or faith.
- Celebrations for individuals.
How we decide on successful grants
The following criteria will be used to assess applications:
- How well the request meets one or more of the purposes of the grant
- How well the group has provided evidence and justification to support the request
- The level of benefit to Casey residents impacted by COVID-19
- The capacity of the organisation to deliver the proposed project
How the grants work
- We will notify you by email.
- In the email, we will include the Information for COVID-19 Quick Response Grant Recipients document which will outline the conditions for your grant.
- You will need to provide evidence of expenditure for the acquittal process.
- You will need to review Council’s Grants Policy.
Tell us how your grant was used
After you have completed your project, you must tell us how you spent the grant money and what the outcomes of the project were. This is known as an acquittal process. You must complete the acquittal process online within 60 days of spending the money. Find out more about the acquittal process.
Successful applicants will also be expected to provide feedback to Council around the impact of the funding through interviews and testimonials.