COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Fund


The Recover Together – COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Fund aims to build community and local business and industry resilience and connectedness, through support for community networks and business and community led initiatives, which address the impacts of COVID-19. This may include improving mental health, community connection, physical health, financial security, food security and local business and industry conditions.

Funding Available

Restart Grant – up to $500 - CLOSED

This grant is designed to respond quickly to community and business requests for small initiatives and items that will assist them in recovery and 'restarting'.

Examples of funding requests at this level include training, equipment, website enhancement, printing and promotions and implementing COVID-19 safety measures.

Reconnect Grant - $501 to $2500 - CLOSED

This grant is to support initiatives that benefit community groups and their members and local business and industry. Business applications at this level must demonstrate a collective benefit to their sector and the broader community.

Examples of funding requests at this level are insurance, advertising, promotion, equipment, engaging consultants and training.

Rebuild Grant - $2501 to $10,000 - CLOSED

This grant is to support initiatives that are of wider community or economic benefit.

Examples of funding requests at this level are strategy development, staff wages, website creation, partnerships development to implement initiatives, IT hardware and software upgrades.

Resilience Grant - $10,000+ - CLOSED

This grant is available for large-scale initiatives that will generate broad community or economic benefit.

Examples of funding requests at this level are programs and initiatives that build capacity of community, enhance business partnerships and networks, workshops, mental health initiatives and tourism campaigns.

Organisations in receipt of this level of funding will enter into a service agreement with the Shire.

Examples of eligible initiatives

  • Assisting community groups to build their service online

  • Initiatives that assist local business and industry to adapt and be sustainable

  • Rebuilding local arts and culture

  • Increasing community connectedness

  • Assisting community groups and sporting clubs to rebuild

  • Health and wellbeing programs/activities

  • Support for the socially isolated

  • Financial planning advice and support

  • Employment and training programs/activities

  • Food programs and activities for people in need

  • Tourism initiatives

  • Economic development initiatives

Assessment process

GrantGrant capClosing dateNotification period
Restart$500CLOSED 1 June 2021
3 weeks after submission
Reconnect$2500CLOSED 1 June 20213 weeks after submission
Rebuild$10,000CLOSED 1 March 2021
6 weeks after submission
Resilience$10,000+CLOSED 1 March 20218 weeks after submission

Assessment criteria

Priority will be given to initiatives which:

  • Actively demonstrate how the proposed program/activity addresses the impacts of COVID-19

  • Deliver the greatest benefit to the community and to local business and industry

  • Target community members or business/industry most impacted by COVID-19

  • Actively support the rebuilding of the arts and culture sector

  • Reach the greatest number of community members

  • Are delivered by local organisations or groups

  • Do not duplicate an existing service

  • Are offered free to participants

  • Are ready to begin quickly

  • Are unable to access funding from other sources (eg State or Federal Government) that is applicable to the proposed initiative

  • Demonstrate value for money

Please refer to the Grant Guidelines for further information about your group's eligibility and what the grant will fund. All community groups and businesses are encouraged to discuss their ideas and options with the Community Capacity Building Officer on 9290 6678 or, prior to making an application.


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