Coronavirus Aboriginal Community Response and Recovery Fund

Date/Deadline: 31 Jan, 2021

The fund has been established by the Victorian Government to support Aboriginal Victorians to deliver community-led initiatives to respond to the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The fund is intended to support Aboriginal organisations and communities to deliver place-based responses to local issues.

Aboriginal people living in Victoria are likely to be disproportionately impacted by the social, economic, cultural and health implications of coronavirus (COVID-19). The fund will provide grants for initiatives that support emergency relief, outreach and brokerage, cultural strengthening, and social and emotional wellbeing.

The fund’s total value is $10 million. Funding sought should be for the value of the entire initiative, unless the initiative has already been partially funded.


1. Initiatives must be Aboriginal-led
All funded initiatives must be led by eligible Aboriginal entities and/or individuals.

2. Eligible organisations
All entities applying for the Fund must be Victorian based and have a registered Australian Business Number (ABN).

To be eligible, you must be an Aboriginal entity incorporated under Commonwealth or Victorian legislation. This includes; Victorian Aboriginal businesses and not-for-profit organisations, Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCOs), Traditional Owner groups and land trusts.

3. Eligibility for individuals
Aboriginal individuals residing in Victoria can apply for the Fund provided they partner with a Victorian based entity that has a registered Australian Business Number (ABN), and is:

– An eligible Aboriginal entity
– In extenuating circumstances, a non-Aboriginal entity (for example, a local council or other organisation)

The eligible entity must also have the capacity to receive funding and work with the individuals to deliver and manage the initiative, including meeting the reporting requirements. Note that individuals cannot partner with entities outside of Victoria as they are not eligible for funding.

Eligible individuals must:

– Be aged 16 and over
– If aged 16 or 17, obtain guardian approval
– Live in the community for which you submit an idea for an initiative

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