COVID-19 Quick Response Grants

We're delivering a range of grants for Yarra residents, businesses and community organisations to see them through coronavirus (COVID-19) over the coming months. 

Our $7.46 million community and business support package provides funding for these grants to promote resilience and recovery in our community.

Current grants

Grant program

Current status

Applications close

Next round opens

COVID-19 Support for people seeking asylum 
and other temporary visas holders with limited access to social security
Sunday 16 August at 11.59pm n/a 
COVID-19 Local Business and Precinct Support Fund Closed for applications Friday 15 May 2020 at 5pm n/a
COVID-19 Food Security Grants Closed for applications Monday 27 April 2020 at 11.59pm n/a
COVID-19 Addressing Family Violence Grants Closed for applications Sunday 3 May 2020 at 11.59pm n/a
COVID-19 Creative Community Grants Closed Sunday 26 April 2020 at 12am n/a
COVID-19 Creative Business Grants Closed Tuesday 26 May 2020 at 12pm


About the grants

Support for people seeking asylum and other temporary visas holders with limited access to social security

The package includes $50,000 of grants to enable not-for-profit community organisations operating in the City of Yarra to provide emergency relief to people seeking asylum and other eligible temporary visa holders who are experiencing financial hardship and who are based in or otherwise have, a demonstrated connection to the City of Yarra.

Download the guidelines for this grant (PDF 881 kB)

Local Business and Precinct Support Fund

These grants are aimed at helping businesses and sole traders with making the switch to online trading, improving their shopfronts, marketing and business planning and getting vital training.

Small businesses can apply for up to two grants, to a maximum total of $5,000. Sole traders are also eligible for up to two grants, to a maximum total of $2,000.

Download a complete list of the Quick Response Grant recipients (PDF 493 kB)

Promoting Food Security Grants

We’re providing grants for not-for-profits and community groups to assist with providing food vouchers to Yarra’s most vulnerable residents, including people experiencing homelessness and our social housing residents. 

There are two streams of grants – one for providing food vouchers for families in financial distress ($20,000), and the other for providing food vouchers or food packages for people experiencing homelessness and vulnerable people ($75,000), such as those unable to access Centrelink payments – e.g. international students and people on bridging visas.

Addressing Family Violence Grants

The package includes $50,000 of grants to enable eligible service providers to respond and adapt to the increased demand for support by Yarra residents who identify themselves as currently (or at risk of) experiencing family violence, or perpetrating family violence.

Creative Community Grants

Please note – applications for Creative Community Grants are closed. 

Open to artists, musicians, performers, producers, community artists, not-for-profit arts organisations and community groups to create and present work. Individual artists can apply for up to $2,000 and organisations can apply for up to $5,000. The program pool is $125,000.

Creative Business Grants

Please note – applications for Creative Business COVID-19 Quick Response Grants are closed. 

These will be open to creative businesses, including live music venues, commercial galleries, rehearsal studios and sole-trader creatives. Businesses can apply for up to $5,000.

This grant is designed for creative businesses to respond, adapt and undertake development in the social distancing climate. The program pool is $60,000.

Got a question?

For assistance or more information, email us at or call 9205 5555.