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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.

1000 x 1000: Crisis Cash for Artists

A group of Champion Companies in the performing arts led by Theatre Network Australia and facilitated by Creative Partnerships Australia through the Australian Cultural Fund has been actively fundraising to provide emergency financial relief to artists in need. Our goal is for 1000 donors to each contribute $1000, allowing us to support 1000 artists!

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.

ANZAC Day Proceeds Fund

The ANZAC Day Proceeds Fund provides practical support to the veteran community through the provision of funding for a range of welfare related activities. Funding is provided to assist organisations whose principal objective is to provide welfare to the ex-service community.

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.

Arts and Culture Professional Development Grants Program

A strong and vibrant arts and cultural sector is integral to the health and well-being of our communities. It will underpin the economic recovery of the Territory, achieved through providing opportunities to grow the creative and cultural economy, encourage artistic excellence and achievement and community participation in arts and culture.

Arts & Cultural Quick Response Grants

Through the Arts & Cultural Quick Response Grants, the City will rapidly provide up to $5,000 in funding to activities and projects that support the arts and cultural sector to emerge from COVID-19 stronger than ever.

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.

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.

Bennelong Foundation

The Bennelong Foundation aims to enhance community wellbeing and provide opportunities for positive and lasting change in our community.

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.

City of Stirling Community Creativity Fund

The Community Creativity Fund has been developed as part of the City of Stirling's Economic Stimulus and Community Recovery package in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is aimed at invigorating our local art and cultural industries. Funding will be allocated to projects which support these industries and/or create opportunities for the wider City of Stirling community to connect and engage with the arts and culture.

City of Stirling Community Groups Assistance Fund

The Community Groups Assistance Fund has been developed as part of the City of Stirling Economic Stimulus and Community Recovery package in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is aimed at invigorating localised community capacity building programs and/or providing activation of the four Community Hub locations as well as local community centres.

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.

Contemporary Music Touring Program

The Contemporary Music Touring Program (CMTP) supports national touring activity undertaken by Australian musicians performing original contemporary music.

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 Aged Care Support Program

The COVID-19 Aged Care Support Program will reimburse residential aged care, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care Program (NATSIFACP) and home care providers for eligible expenditure incurred whilst managing the direct impact of COVID-19 on either residents, staff or care recipients of the provider.

COVID-19 Arts Sustainability Fund

The Arts Sustainability Fund supports the arts and entertainment sector to continue its activities by providing necessary finance to plan a pathway for recovery from the effects of COVID?19. Funding will support employment and contribute to rebuilding Australia’s economy, as well as enhancing community wellbeing and access to cultural experiences across Australia.

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 International Tourism Adaptation Grant

The $5 million COVID-19 International Tourism Adaptation Grant program is a key element of the Queensland Economic Recovery Strategy: Unite and Recover for Queensland Jobs to help accelerate the State’s recovery from COVID-19.

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 Quick Response Community Grants

Golden Plains Shire Council has launched a new grant program to help the community respond to the changes brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, following the easing of restrictions for events late last year.

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 Small Business Funding Program

The Ipswich City Council Small Business Funding Program has been extended for another round (Round 2) to continue the financial support for Ipswich based small businesses through and post 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 Vaccine: Safety and Immunization Monitoring

The COVID-19 Vaccine Challenge Series aims to find several digital solutions that will help ADB’s developing member countries (DMCs) tackle a broad range of challenges as vaccines become available—from vaccine delivery and distribution, to public communication and education, to mobilization and monitoring of healthcare workers and volunteers, as well as safe and efficient administration of COVID-19 vaccines.

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.

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.

Events & Activation Quick Response Grants

Through the Events & Activation Quick Response Grants, the City will rapidly provide up to $5,000 in funding to events and activations that have widespread appeal, create feelings of safety and vibrancy within the city, encourage people to support local businesses, and enhance the city’s reputation as a great place to be.

Extreme Tech Challenge 2021

The Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC) competition is the world’s largest startup competition for entrepreneurs addressing global challenges. Drawing from the United Nation's 17 Sustainable Development Goals, XTC connects innovators with a network of investors, corporations, and mentors to help them raise capital, launch corporate collaborations, and scale their world-changing startups.

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.

First Peoples’ COVID-19 Business Support Fund

The Victorian Government has developed the First Peoples’ COVID-19 Business Support Fund to support Victorian Aboriginal businesses that have been affected by trading restrictions introduced to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Glen Eira City COVID-19 Community Action Grants

The COVID-19 Community Action Grants Program 2020–21 provides support to community organisations thatare experiencing hardship, as well as, offering assistance for programs that directly benefit the community.

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.

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.

Lotterywest Building Community Grant Program

Lotterywest Building Community Grant Program is to support the longer term recovery of Western Australia and to create opportunities for the whole community to come together as a means of enhancing community connection, strengthening social capital and encouraging community to repair, rebuild and recover from the pandemic.

Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund

The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund is an innovative philanthropy proving small grants to boots-on-the-ground, get-your-hands-dirty, in-the-field species conservation projects for the world’s most threatened species. Through innovative micro-financing, the MBZ Fund empowers conservationists to fight the extinction crisis instead of bureaucracy and red-tape. To date the Fund has awarded over 2000 grants to a diverse range of species across the world.

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.

Re-imagine: Sector Recovery Initiatives

The Re-imagine: Sector Recovery Initiatives fund is offered in acknowledgement of the significant forces of change and evolution facing the cultural and creative industries. This investment will support the sector to re-imagine practice and operations, and test ideas and models for a more resilient, equitable and thriving future.

Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund

The RISE Fund is supporting the arts and entertainment sector to reactivate. The program is targeting funding towards the arts and entertainment sector organisations who are seeking to restart, re-imagine or create new activities. The program is intended to assist by providing finance to assist the presentation of new or re-shaped cultural and creative activities and events.

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.

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 Quick Response Grants

The City of Perth aims to engage and work with businesses in the City of Perth local government area who are contributing to Perth’s vibrancy, sustainability, growth and employment prospects.

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.

Volant Trust Covid-19 Response Fund

The Volant Trust accepts applications from charities in the UK and internationally that demonstrate a strong focus on alleviating social deprivation and helping vulnerable groups who have been particularly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Applications for medical equipment and the production or distribution of PPE will also be considered.

Women’s Economic Security Project Grant Round

The Women’s Economic Security Project Grant Round supports charities and social enterprises building financial wellbeing through innovative employment opportunities and tailored financial capability support for women across Australia.

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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