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    Yarra libraries temporarily closed

    Yarra City Council is temporarily closing its libraries and leisure centres from close of business today, (Tuesday 17 March), to try to help slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) within our workforce and the community
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    Community Kindness Directory

    Now more than ever, we need to work together, stay connected and be kind. We know that many of you may be feeling lonely and overwhelmed and we want to remind you of the importance of asking for help and the power of compassion. To help you receive or give support, we’ve compiled a list of community networks, charities and groups that are doing amazing work in our community and beyond. Online community groups Love Your Neighbour Melbourne Northside Melbourne Coronavirus Outreach Melbourne - COVID-19/Corona Virus - Mutual Aid Charitable organisations that could do with some help Asylum Seekers Resource Centre St Vincents Hospital Emergency Appeal Richmond Churches Food Centre Community led meal and home support initiatives Alex Makes Meals Other very important organisations Safe Steps – Family Violence Support Lifeline Headspace General kindness and compassion tips Smile! Pick up the phone and call someone who you think may be feeling lonely or scared. Go for a walk in nature and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air. Support a small business by purchasing a gift voucher for when we gain some normality again, grab some take-home meals or a coffee – take a look at our small business support page. Be kind and patient with people who are working on the frontline (petrol stations, supermarkets, medical facilities and chemists). Take this time to learn a new craft, do some art, practice yoga or get cracking on that novel you’ve been meaning to write. Switch off the news when it all feels too much. Offer to do the shopping or cook a meal for someone who is having a hard time. Have a virtual Friday night catch up with your mates, play board games, chat about what you’ve been doing or just watch TV together!
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    Backing our businesses

    It's a tough time for doing business, but we're here to help. We’ve put together a comprehensive list of the resources available for your business while we combat coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • New grants to address family violence and food security during COVID-19

    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 fund a combined $145,000 in initiatives for community organisations to continue delivering essential services to our community. With the risk of COVID-19-related family violence on the rise, $50,000 of grants will help 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 frontline 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 available). 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 available). For more information, visit COVID-19 Quick Response Grants.
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    Keeping Yarra in business through coronavirus

    Yarra City Council today announced $160,000 of new grants to support our businesses hardest hit by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Our Supporting Local Business quick response grants will provide a lifeline to local businesses and sole traders struggling with the effects of physical distancing and forced closures. They 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. The initiative – part of Yarra’s $7.46 million COVID-19 Community and Economic Support Package announced in early-April – was endorsed at last night’s Council Meeting, the first to be conducted entirely online. The grants follow the Creative Business and Community, Addressing Family Violence and Promoting Food Security grants announced in April 2020. Yarra is committed to ensuring our vibrant hospitality, creative and retail industries adapt to the challenges of COVID-19 and can take advantage of a different economic landscape as we head towards recovery. More grants for Yarra’s community are expected to be announced in the coming weeks as we continue to roll out our $7.64 million support package. Apply now Applications close at 11.59pm on X May 2020. For more information and to apply for a grant, visit