New grants to address family violence and food security during COVID-19

Tuesday 21 April 2020

We’re providing two new grants to assist some of Yarra’s residents hardest hit by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Yarra's Addressing Family Violence and Promoting Food Security quick response grants will help community organisations to continue delivering essential services to our City's residents. 

With the risk of COVID-19-related family violence on the rise, $50,000 of grants will assist front line organisations in Yarra to respond the increased demand for support by residents at risk of experiencing family violence, or perpetrating family violence. 

The Promoting Food Security grants ($95,000) will also help not-for-profits and community groups provide food vouchers or meals to vulnerable residents, including people experiencing homelessness and social housing tenants.

We’re also expanding our family violence outreach services and ensuring our delivered meals program keeps feeding over 120 of our clients during the pandemic.

These grants follow the Creative Business and Creative Community grants announced in early-April. 

Additional grants are expected to be announced in the coming weeks as we continue to roll out our $7.64 million support package.

Highlights of the grants

Addressing Family Violence Quick Response Grants

  • Up to $50,000 in grants available to front line service providers and community organisations.

Promoting Food Security Quick Response Grants

There are two streams of grants available to community welfare organisations:

  • To provide food vouchers for families in financial distress ($25,000).
  • To provide food vouchers or food packages for people experiencing homelessness and vulnerable people, such as those unable to access Centrelink payments – e.g. international students and people on bridging visas ($70,000).

For more information, visit COVID-19 Quick Response Grants.


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