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COVID-19 Community Hardship & Assistance Grant

Council recognises the important role that community groups and local sporting clubs play in our local community, and as a result, Council has committed to support and assist these organisations with targeted grant and funding programs. The Community Hardship and Assistance Grant will provide ‘quick response’ financial assistance to eligible community organisations that are either experiencing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19 related service disruptions or seeking to establish alternate service delivery models for business continuity

What will this grant support?

The Community Organisation Hardship and Assistance Grant Program supports organisations through:

  • Financial assistance to a community or sporting organisation to remain viable during the COVID-19 crisis as a result of lost income.
  • Financial hardship as a result of being unable to reclaim outlayed costs for an event or project that has had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 crisis.
  • Projects that assist organisations to develop alternate service delivery models

Program Guidelines:

  • Applications open 1 June 2020 and will cease on 1 June 2021 unless all funds are expended prior to this date.
  • Eligible groups may receive a grant of up to $10,000.
  • Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application within 10 business days from the date of Council receiving a completed application.
  • Organisation financial records (audited financial statements and bank statements) must be attached to the application.
  • Evidence of payment of outlayed costs being claimed in this application must be provided.
  • Where applicable, applicants must attach quotes sourced from local businesses for projects that assist to develop alternate service delivery models. If components of the project cannot be delivered by local businesses, an explanation as to why the project cannot be delivered by local businesses must be provided within the application. A local business is considered a business within the Western Downs Regional Council boundaries.
  • Council funds cannot be requested for the payment of salaries and wages.

Application portal will be made available on the opening date – 1 June 2020.

Grant Factsheet

Start your application now!

For more information:

Contact Council on 1300 COUNCIL (1300 268 624).


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