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Assistance for organisations affected by the COVID-19 outbreak

This page provides information about financial assistance available to not-for-profit organisations and community groups affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. It is updated daily or as we become aware of changes. For the very latest information in these rapidly changing times, please check with the assistance provider.

Looking for tools and information to help your organisation to adapt? Visit Here youll find free help sheets, policy templates and more, all created to help your organisation to survive, reinvent and sustain itself through the pandemic and beyond.

Want to know how you can help organisations in need? Visit the GiveNow COVID-19 Response page here.

If you're aware of other grants or assistance that should be listed on this page, please contact

NFPs that employ workers (national)

From April 28, a payment of up to $100,000 (with a minimum of $20,000) for not-for-profit organisations with turnover of less than $50 million will be paid automatically by the ATO to help them pay bills and retain staff. More information on the ATO website here.

Aged care sector (national)

The Federal Government has allocated $444.6 to support the aged care sector. This includes funding for a retention bonus to ensure the continuity of the workforce in both residential and home care as well as funding to support the viability of residential aged care facilities. This is in addition to more than $100 million previously announced to support the aged care workforce. Fact sheet here.

Arts sector


The Victorian Government has announced a $1.7 billion economic survival and jobs package, which includes a $500 million Business Support Fund. The fund will support the hospitality, tourism, accommodation, arts and entertainment and retail sectors. More to come on this soon. Visit the Premier's website for the full release. Register your interest here.

South Australia

Arts South Australia has re-configured its available grant funds to assist artists and organisations to respond to immediate pressures being experienced. The COVID-19 grants will be provided through simplified application and assessment processes.

Total funding of $1.5 million will be allocated in the coming weeks. Three grants are available:

Australian Capital Territory

The ACT Government is providing $500,000 in arts grant funding for Canberra artists who have lost their income and ability to maintain their arts practice as a result of COVID-19.

Funding of up to $10,000 per artist will be available for Canberra artists to support arts development and the sustainability of their arts practices over the next 6-9 months.

Applications open on 30 March 2020 and will close on 17 April 2020 at 5pm. View HOMEFRONT - funding for Canberra artists on Funding Centre here.

Childcare sector (national)

Community Child Care Fund (CCCF) special circumstances COVID-19 support has been extended to include childcare services affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. There is more information about the funding available in the application form, downloadable here. The funding is listed on the Funding Centre here.

Community groups


The ACNC website has some information for not-for-profit organisations and charities about how to deal with staff working remotely and your organisations ability to fundraise. So far, there is no information about how affected organisations can continue operations.


Broadtree Foundation have released additional one-off funding for initiatives which support LGBTQIA+ organisations and groups impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Applications of up to $15,000 will be considered until 31 May 2020 with a total value of $75,000 available. The funding is listed on the Funding Centre here.

Repairs, renovations and upgrades (Northern Territory)

The Immediate Work Grant provides not-for-profit and community organisations with up to $100,000 in funding to engage local businesses to do repairs, renovations and facility upgrades. From Monday 20 April 2020 NFPs can find a list of eligible contractors taking part. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply by visiting the Department of Trade, Business and Innovation (NT) website.

Research (national)

The Government will provide $13 million to fast-track research into treatments for the novel coronavirus through the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF). This is in addition to the $2 million already allocated from the MRFF for research into a vaccine against COVID-19. The funding aims to support rapid development of safe and effective treatment options for COVID-19, and will be awarded via two open competitive grant opportunities:

Further information on the MRFF is available at