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.

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Grant program

Current status

Applications close

Next round opens

COVID-19 Precinct Recovery Grants - expressions of interest  Open soon  Sunday 7 February 2021 at 11.59pm Sunday 17 January at 11.59pm
STIMULATE Creative Grants Closed Sunday 4 October 2020 at 11.59pm n/a
COVID-19 Food Security Grants Closed Wednesday 16 September 2020 at 11.59pm n/a 
COVID-19 Support for people seeking asylum and other temporary visas holders with limited access to social security  Closed Sunday 16 August at 11.59pm n/a 
COVID-19 Local Business and Precinct Support Fund Closed Friday 15 May 2020 at 5pm n/a
COVID-19 Addressing Family Violence Grants Closed 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

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About the grants

Precinct Recovery Grants (second round opens 18 January 2021)

The Precinct Recovery Grants provide up to $20,000 to eligible groups of businesses – or businesses and individuals – in Yarra to deliver projects that activate, promote and enhance our vibrant and much-loved precincts.

Download the guidelines for this grant  (PDF 1.6 MB)

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

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 (closed)

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 (closed)

The program pool is $200,000 and is available to community welfare organisations to provide food parcels, packaged meals or suitable gift cards for families in financial distress, people experiencing homelessness or vulnerable persons such as those unable to access Centrelink payments (e.g. temporary visa holders)

Download the guidelines for this grant  (PDF 767 KB) 

Addressing Family Violence Grants (closed)

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 (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 (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.

STIMULATE Creative Grants (closed)

STIMULATE Creative Grants are open for artists, community groups, sole traders and creative organisations or businesses to create new work, present new ideas and/or to present on a new platform. The grants range from up to $5,000 for individuals to up to $50,000 for partnerships. The overall program pool is $200,000.

Download the guidelines for this grant (PDF 513 KB)

Got a question?

For assistance or more information, email us at info@yarracity.vic.gov.au or call 9205 5555.