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COVID-19 Opportunities

We’ve curated the best and most relevant opportunities for social enterprises negatively impacted by COVID-19. We’ve removed the paywall too, because we know times are tough. As the gateway to the social enterprise sector, we want to ensure that everyone has access to the resources they need.

2021 Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity

The Aurora Prize aims to recognise and support those who risk their life, health, freedom, reputation or livelihood in order to save and aid individuals that suffer as a result of today’s tragedies, especially man-conceived disasters and crimes against humanity.

Action Against Corona

Are you representing an initiative that can improve the situation? For the sick, for the healthcare system, or for the billions of people whose lives are - or soon will be - affected? If so, let Action Against Corona support you.

Google Cloud Research Credits

Google Cloud research credits can advance your research by giving you access to computing power that will make the next big thing possible. They’re funding projects from modeling the outbreak of COVID-19 to predicting sepsis and discovering new planets. They're looking forward to supporting the next big breakthrough!

Artist Relief Project

Artist Relief Project is an initiative to help artist, musicians and performers impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

Artist’s Benevolent Fund

The renewed Artists’ Benevolent Fund hopes to provide modest but useful one-off financial assistance to Australian visual artists in crisis as a result of fire, flood, storm, serious illness, major accident, declared state or national emergencies, or some other unexpected catastrophic experience.

Assistance for Affected Regions, Communities and Industries

The Government has set aside an initial $1 billion allocation to support those regions and communities that have been disproportionately affected by the economic impacts of the Coronavirus, including those heavily reliant on industries such as tourism, agriculture and eduaction.

Australian Philanthropy’s Pledge – Part 1

Moderated by Sarah Davies AM, this two-part webinar* brings together a cross section of philanthropic leaders to share how they enacted the pledge and reflect on the challenges, lessons and opportunities – both immediate and longer term – to adapt practice.

Australian Philanthropy’s Pledge – Part 2

Moderated by Sarah Davies AM, this two-part webinar* brings together a cross section of philanthropic leaders to share how they enacted the pledge and reflect on the challenges, lessons and opportunities – both immediate and longer term – to adapt practice.

Backing Business Investment (BBI)

A time limited 15 month investment incentive to support business investment and economic growth over the short term, by accelerating depreciation deductions. This applies to eligible assets acquired from 12 March 2020 and first used or installed by 30 June 2021.

Business Support Fund – Expansion

The Victorian Government has announced that Stage 3 ‘Stay at Home’ will be in reinstated across metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire from 11:59 on 8 July 2020 to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Victoria. These restrictions will be in place for six weeks and will then be reviewed by the Chief Health Officer.

Call for Challenges COVID-19

We hope you are staying safe and well during this unprecedented and uncertain time in our lives. As a global movement TOM has pivoted their activities to focus on identifying immediate challenges relating to COVID-19 and co-developing solutions.

Call for Challenges COVID-19 – Expression of Interest for Makers

Acute low-tech needs exist and they only grow as the crisis continues. TOM: Melbourne would like your help on co-developing open-source solutions to support the TOM: Melbourne community. If you have expertise in 3D modeling, biotech, medical devices etc., please describe your skills in the form below. They will contact you if we have a challenge for you to help solve.

City of Port Adelaide Enfield COVID-19 Response Grants

In these challenging times, community is at its best when everyone works together. In a time when we have never been more physically distanced, The City of Port Adelaide Enfield is seeing examples every day of the community connecting in ways they never have before.

Collective Crisis Intelligence

As the COVID-19 virus rapidly spreads to more than 150 countries on six continents, public institutions are straining to keep up. To assist you in responding during this time of crisis, this collection of coaching videos has been assembled from those who have successfully responded to a crisis before by successfully using technology to engage with a larger “crowd” of volunteers.

Community Led Grants

Under the IAS, the NIAA considers grant proposals that address a need for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Proposals must be developed with the community or group who will be impacted by the activity.

COVID-19: Ad credits for Google Ads Small and Medium-sized Businesses

Google want to help alleviate some of the cost for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) to stay in touch with their customers during this challenging time. That’s why they’re giving our SMBs worldwide $340 million in ad credits, which can be used at any point until the end of 2020 across our Google Ads platforms.

COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Journalist

As COVID-19 continues to evolve and impact communities around the globe, the National Geographic Society is launching an emergency fund for journalists all over the world who wish to cover COVID-19 within their own communities.

COVID-19 Emergency Relief Funding

St.George Foundation is providing emergency payments of up to $5000 for approved charities who are experiencing immediate funding pressures as a result of COVID-19.

Covid 19 Emergency Relief Vouchers Grants Program

Covid-19 Emergency Relief Vouchers support charities already providing material aid in Darebin, Moreland and Yarra with vouchers at local businesses so that families and individuals can access food and other essentials.

COVID-19 National Funding Platform

Australian Communities Foundation and Philanthropy Australia have partnered to provide a national funding platform to coordinate the philanthropic response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Covid 19 Rapid Response Fund Grants Program

The Covid-19 Rapid Response Fund grant program will provide up to $1,500 for projects that directly respond to the impacts of Covid-19. All applicant organisations must be open and inclusive, actively engaged in community activity, and be significantly comprised of people who live, work, volunteer or study in Darebin, Moreland and Yarra.

COVID-19 Research Grants

NSW Health COVID-19 Research Grants have been designed to fund research projects in priority areas to directly support the NSW Health response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Support: Fee-Free Courses

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, TAFE NSW, in conjunction with the NSW Government, is offering a number of fee-free* short courses that can be completed in just days or weeks, offering practical skills and experiences across a range of industries.

COVID-19 Young Leaders Fund

One Young World, the global forum for young leaders, is establishing a fund for young leaders on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response.

Creative Kids Digital Small Business Grant Program

To support you to launch or expand your digital programs, the Creative Kids Digital Small Business Grants program has been announced. This program supports small businesses or non-profit organisations that are Creative Kids Providers and directly affected by the COVID-19 emergency.

Crisis Relief Grants: COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has created intense financial hardship for artists, crew and music workers throughout the country. Many of you were the first to lose your jobs and your income, and the sector could well be the last to recover.

Digital COVID-19 Peer Network (For Funders)

This is a challenging time for everyone and it's likely to be quite isolating for funders thinking about how they respond and what to do. That's why an informal, digital peer network has been set up for funders to talk regularly, facilitated through Zoom - so you can share what you are thinking, options for how to respond, and ideas and resources. The meetings are driven by member needs and input and are a space to share thinking, ideas, challenges and resources.

Facebook Small Business Grants

Facebook know that your business may be experiencing disruptions resulting from the global outbreak of COVID-19. A little financial support can go a long way, so we are offering USD 100M in cash grants and ad credits to help during this challenging time.

Fairfield City Council COVID-19 Hardship Application

Fairfield City Council recognises that due to exceptional circumstances resulting from the Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19) some people in the Fairfield community are facing difficulties in meeting their financial commitments including payment of Council Rates and Charges.

Funding of Innovations in the Wake of the Corona Crisis

Vinnova is calling on innovative ideas to address the wider impact of the corona crisis. They want to attract projects that support society in a challenging time. New solutions should be ready to be put into practice within six to twelve months.

Grants SA COVID-19 Support Grants

The ‘COVID-19 Support Grant’ is a modified Grants SA initiative that has been released to support not-for-profit organisations continue to provide services to vulnerable and disadvantaged people in South Australia in the current circumstances of the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Household Relief Loans Without Interest

Household Relief Loans Without Interest for anyone impacted by COVID-19 are available now. In collaboration with the Australian Government, they're providing no interest loans of up to $3,000 towards rent and utilities, repayable over 24 months.

IBM Call for Code Global Challenge

COVID-19, which is caused by the novel coronavirus, has revealed the limits of the systems we take for granted in a very short period of time. Whether it’s the massive increase in demand for information during a time of crisis, educating children when schools are closed, or helping communities best distribute limited resources, technology has a pivotal role to play. Through Call for Code, you can see your idea deployed by a global partner ecosystem.

ICESCO Prize for Fighting Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19)

The Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (ICESCO) has announced the nomination requirements, the Jury’s composition and evaluation of nomination files for 200,000 US dollar-worth ICESCO Prize for Fighting Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19).

IgniteX COVID-19 Response Accelerator

Do you have a solution that can reduce the severity of the coronavirus outbreak, but need help commercialising and rapidly deploying? The Black & Veatch COVID-19 Response Accelerator is designed for growing companies looking to scale emerging solutions to save lives, help communities cope, and protect the economy.

Inspire Challenge

Global agriculture is increasingly driven by data. Advances in computing power, data storage, and data communications over the last 30 years have given rise to powerful tools for helping make farming and food systems more precise, profitable, and adaptive. Newer digital innovations — including machine learning, the expansion of connected sensor technologies, and robotics — promise more dramatic changes in the farming landscape in the near future.

JobKeeper Payment

The JobKeeper payment is intended to provide wage subsidies to businesses that are significantly affected by COVID-19.

Leadership Professional Development Progam

LaTrobe University is offering support to businesses and individuals facing the challenges of COVID-19 through a free online leadership development program delivered by the highly regarded LA Trobe MBA.

Let’s Stay Connected Fund

The Victorian Government is helping communities to stay connected during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and beyond with the Let’s Stay Connected Fund. The fund provides grants between $5,000 and $200,000 to support community-led initiatives.

Mission Billion Challenge

The Mission Billion Challenge is seeking solutions to ensure the inclusivity of ID systems for vulnerable groups while taking into account the social distancing measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to address these specific needs:

Nature-Based Tourism Co-investment Fund

The Nature-based Tourism Co-investment Fund is a pilot grant program designed to assist eligible businesses and organisations to partner with the South Australian Government to deliver sustainable, quality tourism experiences in South Australia.

Online Startup & Innovation Awards

The Online Startup & Innovation Awards, presented by YBF Ventures, recognise and celebrate the startups, scaleups and global leaders that are innovating during the pandemic-induced crisis of 2020.

Reimagine Impact

REIMAGINE IMPACT is a 10 week online social-innovation program, bringing together social purpose organisations with expert facilitators, coaches and corporate leaders. The program will support social purpose organisations who have been affected by COVID-19 to adapt their business models, understand and design services for beneficiaries’ shifting needs or generate new revenue streams.

Scaling Impact Accelerator

Scaling Impact is an accelerator that helps social enterprises and purpose-driven startups grow their business and prepare for future impact investment.

SLINGSHOT 2020 – Startup Competition

Asia’s most exciting deep tech startup competition returns for its fourth year. Regardless of where you’re from, this is your opportunity to showcase your innovative solutions and products to major investors and industry leaders!

Small Business COVID-19 Adaption Grant Program Round 2

The objective of this program is to support small businesses subject to closure or highly impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) shutdown restrictions announced by the Queensland Government, to adapt and sustain their operations, and build resilience.

Small Business COVID-19 Recovery Grant

The NSW Government is gradually lifting the restrictions on movement and business trading that were designed to reduce the spread of COVID-19. This means some businesses can now reopen.

Sorenson Impact Foundation

The Sorenson Impact Foundation (SIF) is inviting potential grant recipients to propose solutions that can contribute to a more equitable and resilient recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic crisis.

SVA Upscaler Support

Thanks to the generous financial support of Gandel Philanthropy, SVA Upscaler is offering free business continuity and restructuring support in response to COVID19 to 6-10 selected social enterprises and/or Indigenous businesses.

Sweet Relief Musicians Fund: COVID-19 Fund

The world has been shocked by the devastating effects of COVID-19. COVID-19 is placing an enormous medical and financial burden on the music community and Sweet Relief are actively taking steps to provide assistance where it’s needed most. Due to massive cancellations, artists are struggling to find the means to make ends meet during these unprecedented times.

TDi COVID-19 Support

The Difference Incubator is offering support through continuity coaching and new idea prototyping workshops.

UNESCO/Emir Jaber Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah Prize for Digital Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities

Worldwide there are more than one billion persons with disabilities. Their existence is impeded by inadequate legal frameworks to protect their rights and a lack of financial and human resources to carry out their activities related to basic needs. Moreover, they also have a lack of opportunities to access information and knowledge, as well as the benefits of scientific and technological development.

Worker & Wellbeing Fund

The Worker and Wellbeing Fund can help you if you have lost your job or your income has been reduced because of coronavirus (COVID-19) and you are not already receiving financial and/or wellbeing support, including Centrelink benefits.

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