This page is regularly updated with COVID-19 specific grants as they become available.

For information about other grants visit the QCOSS grants page

For information on other financial support for community organisations impacted by COVID-19, such as JobKeeper payment, visit the Financial support for organisations page.

For information on how to apply for funding visit the Finding grants and applying for funding page.

Queensland Government small business grants and training

Queensland small businesses can apply for a Small Business Adaption grant of up to $10,000 under a new $100 million package to help them counter the impact of COVID-19. The new grants program had been developed to assist those small businesses forced into hibernation, to restructure or to significantly change their business operations or move online.

The grants can be used to help pay for financial, legal or other professional advice, marketing and communications activities, digital or technology strategy development, or to buy specialised digital equipment or business-specific software to help move the business online.

Find out more.

Apply now - once the program budget has been fully allocated, applications for the program will close.

Queensland Government COVID-19 Grant Fund 

Are you a service provider helping to build community health resilience in the face of COVID-19? Apply now for the Queensland Government’s COVID-19 Grant Fund.

The funding will support a range of community health organisations to deliver healthcare services across the state during the pandemic. The funding will be paid to successful applicants as soon as possible and will need to be finalised by 31 January 2021. For eligibility requirements and to apply, visit the QCOSS grants page.

There is no specific cap on COVID-19 Grant Fund proposals, however budgets must be transparent and accountable for public funds.

Applications close 1 June 2020.

Feed Appeal Community Grants

Community charities delivering food relief programs to improve the lives of people experiencing hunger or food insecurity can apply for these grants, worth up to $50,000. To be eligible, your program must focus on food relief in your local community. The grants close on 22 May 2020. For more information, including further eligibility requirements, visit the QCOSS website.

For more information on financial assistance and business and industry support visit the Business Queensland website.

Applications close 22 May 2020.

Facebook Small Business Grants programme

Facebook is offering grants to up to 30,000 small businesses that have experienced challenges from COVID-19. Eligible businesses must have between two and fifty employees and have been business for more than a year. Applicants must outline how they would use the grant funds to make an impact on their business or in their community. 

Find out more here.

Register to find out when applications open in Australia.

Key government opportunities for charities and not-for-profits

Social Ventures Australia has prepared a short guide that collates the key opportunities for not-for-profits and charities available as a result of Australian Government announcements at 22 April 2020. The guide will be updated as frequently as required to ensure it remains useful as governments continue to announce new measures. 

Social Impact Hub grants

Australian Progress, together with Australian Communities Foundation and Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) have launched the COVID-19 Rapid Advocacy Fund, a donor pool that can rapidly inject funds into strategic advocacy campaigns demanding ambitious policies in response to the pandemic in Australia.

Grants of $1,000 to $10,000 are currently being considered.

For more information, visit the Social Impact Hub website.

Australian Communities Foundation

As part of their role to be a broker of change, Australian Communities Foundation is showcasing granting opportunities so our community of givers can be inspired to support initiatives that are aligned with their interests. Applicants must have both TCC (Tax Concession Charity) and DGR Item 1 (Deductible gift Recipient) endorsements.

The average grant awarded is between $2,000 and $15,000.

For more information, please visit the website.

Sunshine Coast Council COVID-19 Community Response Grants

Eligible Sunshine Coast Local Government Area community organisations who have been impacted by COVID-19 can now apply for these grants. If you can demonstrate that the project or program will benefit residents in the Sunshine Coast Local Government Area, you may also be eligible to apply. The intention of these grants are to:

  • assist community organisations to meet ongoing costs despite loss of revenue
  • support community organisations to keep operating, alter the way they deliver services and maintain connection with each other and with the community
  • strengthen the capacity and resilience of community organisations to prepare, respond and recover from emergency and disaster events, and
  • stimulate the local economy by enabling community organisations to engage local contractors and procure from local businesses to undertake priority projects.

Funding ranges from $3,000 to $10,000, depending on the category.

Find out more here.

Applications close 1 June 2020.

Federal government grants

Aged care grants:

Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) - Emergency support for COVID-19

The objective of this grant is to provide assistance through limited financial support to existing CHSP service providers to enable them to respond to unforeseen and exceptional circumstances that directly impact on existing service delivery arrangements that are beyond the control of the grant recipient. The funding will enable CHSP service providers to continue to provide quality aged care services. For more information and eligibility criteria, please visit the Australian Government website.

This grant closes on the 30 June 2021. 

COVID-19 Aged Care Support Program

This program will reimburse eligible aged care providers for eligible expenditure incurred in managing direct impacts of COVID-19. The program will run over two years from 2019-20 to 2020-21. The Program will assist Residential Aged Care, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care Program and Home Care Package providers that are subject to direct COVID-19 impacts, to deliver continuity of safe quality care for consumers. For more information and eligibility criteria, please visit the Australian Government website.

This grant closes on 31 May 2020.

Community Child Care Fund (CCCF) Special Circumstances Grant Opportunity

The CCCF Special Circumstances Grant Opportunity is designed to support continuity of child care, in particular in disadvantaged or vulnerable communities, where a service is:

  • at risk of closure due to an unforeseen event or circumstance, such as a natural disaster, or extreme weather event,
  • at risk of permanent closure due to another event or circumstance, where that closure would result in a lack of suitable child care for the community, or
  • seeking to commence a new service in a community where another service has closed, resulting in a lack of suitable child care

To minimise the impact of COVID-19 the Australian Government is providing payments to providers under the Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package. Until the end of the 2019-20 financial year, services that remain open, and have children enrolled, will receive a weekly payment to ensure they can deliver early childhood education and care to families who need it. For more information or eligibility criteria, please visit the Department of Education, Skills and Employment website.

Grants for your clients

COVID-19 Rental Grant – This is a one-off payment of up to four weeks rent (maximum of $2,000) available to Queenslanders who have lost their job due to the impacts of COVID-19 and who do not have access to other financial assistance. For more information, visit the Queensland Government website.

More grants

For more information on what grants are available to the community sector visit the QCOSS Grants page.

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The COSS Network is partnering with Professor David Gilchrist (University of Western Australia) for a focused webinar on the applicability and accounting for JobKeeper payments for not-for-profits (NFPs) and charities. The one-hour webinar will cover the key elements and considerations for applying...
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Do you need emergency financial relief? Access Emergency Relief is open to anyone living in Queensland, regardless of visa status or citizenship. The helpline is able to provide vouchers for various supermarkets, Caltex and payment of any bills in your name. This can all be done over the phone,...
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The Councils of Social Service (COSS) Network partnered with Professor David Gilchrist and Thomas Emery from University of Western Australia to present a webinar on JobKeeper Payment. The webinar examined the applicability and accounting for not-for-profits and charities accessing the scheme. With...
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QCOSS is presenting a series of six free webinars to help you manage your financial wellbeing. From 19 May, weekly webinars will take place from 12:00pm – 1:00pm, spanning topics such as energy hardship, managing household energy and water bills, managing debt and much more. These webinars are...

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A central point where you can find information and support on the COVID-19 changes affecting renting in Queensland. An initiative of the Queensland Government in collaboration with RTA, Tenants Queensland and REIQ. The hub includes: Information for renters Information for property owners...
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