COVID-19 Response Grants up to $5,000

The City’s COVID-19 Response Grants program financially supports local not-for-profit, incorporated community groups, organisations and businesses, to provide much-needed support for the City’s most vulnerable people and recovery from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. These grants are not for recurring annual expenses or operating expenses such as staffing costs.

Who can apply?

The COVID-19 Response Grants are available to community groups, organisations and businesses based in the City of Cockburn who:
  • Primarily serve the residents of Cockburn
  • Can demonstrate a high level of community support
  • Can demonstrate financial stability and sound project management
  • Can identify how they will meet an identified need in-line with the City’s Strategic Community Plan and one of the themes of the program, mentioned under the heading 'What can I apply for'.

What can I apply for?

COVID Response Grants can be used for a range of purposes, provided applications can demonstrate one or more of the following:
  1. Supporting increased demand for assistance from the City’s most vulnerable people
    • Provide support to charitable groups well-placed to take action to meet the needs for crisis relief services (providing food, transport, accommodation, clothing, communications and other critical needs arising as a result of COVID-19)
  2. Being agile and flexible
    • Increase inclusion and access to services or support through innovation or implementation of new ways of working to reduce barriers and facilitate inclusion (e.g. Aboriginal, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse)
    • Deliver alternate forms of service delivery to align with Government requirements to minimise the spread of the virus
    • Implement responsive initiatives which meet new and emerging needs of the Cockburn community resulting from COVID-19
  3. Increasing community and individual wellbeing
    • Provide new services to increase wellbeing with initiatives that reduce stress, fear or anxiety in the community
    • Implement responses to support safety within the community
    • Deliver wellbeing activities to support physical, mental and social wellbeing of Cockburn residents
  4. Supporting community capacity building and cooperation
    • Work together/form partnerships/facilitate new ways of working with businesses, not-for-profits and community groups to deliver positive outcomes to the Cockburn community
    • Address identified local needs that are a result of the impacts of COVID-19
    • Deliver initiatives that promote or support community or business recovery
    • Deliver community events that celebrate and promote recovery from COVID-19 impacts.
The project or activity must:
  • Be of benefit to the local community and/or the City of Cockburn generally
  • Meet an identified need
  • Not require commitment to ongoing funding from the City
  • Not duplicate an activity already available in the local area
  • Be delivered by June 2021, with a brief acquittal submitted within month of completion.

How much can I apply for?

The maximum funding available to any one group or organisation will not exceed $5,000.
Due to the unique nature of this grant funding there is no requirement to provide in-kind or financial contributions, however those that can source funding from other sources will be considered favourably. As the funding pool is limited, applications that can demonstrate that they best meet the criteria and provide value for money will be prioritised.

When do applications open?

Applications open on 18 May 2020 and close on 8 June 2020. Funds will be be distributed in the 2019/20 financial year. Applications must be made online, with all applicants notified of the outcome within two weeks of the closing date. Projects must not commence prior to notification of grant outcome, as funding cannot be awarded retrospectively.

Contact us before you apply

Please remember to contact the Grants and Research team on 08 9411 3444 or email before starting your application.

Limitations and conditions

  • The successful request for a COVID-19 Response Grant in this round does not imply any ongoing commitment of the same or similar contribution in following years or rounds for funding in any category
  • Applicants must be based in the City of Cockburn and/or be able to demonstrate that you provide a service that primarily benefits the Cockburn community
  • Applications from schools, P&Cs, P&Fs are not eligible
  • Funding will not be provided:
    • Retrospectively for any projects or events that have already occurred, or due to occur within the 2019/20 financial year
    • If your activity or event may present a hazard to the community or environment
    • If you have not acquitted any previous City of Cockburn funding
    • To political parties, government departments and agencies, or individuals
  • Further limitations on funding amounts apply for equipment and recurring community events (please refer to current Council Guidelines).
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