COVID-19 Community Response Grants
  • Last updated:
  • 07 Apr 2021

Council has been observing the impacts of COVID-19 and associated national public health directions on Sunshine Coast not-for-profit community organisations as the pandemic has evolved.

Guided by our Local Community Relief Plan - COVID-19 (April 2020), which seeks to support community organisations in continuing their services and maintaining business continuity through response and into recovery, Council designed a suite of grant and funding support measures to respond to the Declared Disaster Situation in line with community need.

COVID-19 Community Grants and Partnerships Response Recovery initiatives include:

Emergency Grants - (Applications Open)

Existing program criteria was expanded to include broader costs related to a declared Disaster Situation. The maximum funding amount limit was increased from $2000 to $3000.

During a declared Disaster Situation, applicants can apply for up to $3,000 for other costs (including, but not limited to, operational costs when an organisation demonstrates financial hardship).  Visit the Emergency Grants webpage for more information and to apply. 

Community Partnership Funding Program - (Applications Closed)

Existing partners in this program, who have been impacted by COVID-19 restrictions, had the opportunity to apply for a once-off funding boost. Applications closed 22 February 2021.

Sport Field Maintenance Funding Program – (Applications Open)

Existing partners in this program, who have been impacted by COVID-19 restrictions, can access a once-off funding boost. Eligible organisations have been invited to apply for this opportunity. Applications close 30 April 2021.

Major Grants - (Applications Closed)

Ordinary co-funding requirements were temporarily adjusted for 2020/21 in recognition that this has been a difficult time for community group fundraising. Visit the Major Grants webpage for more information. 

COVID-19 Community Response Grants - (Applications Closed)

These grants offered targeted financial assistance to community organisations impacted by COVID-19, when evidence of financial hardship was demonstrated. The round closed 1 June 2020.

Flexible approach to project variations.

In addition to the suite of financial support initiatives offered, a flexible approach has been taken to requested project variations for previously funded projects and events, impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Funding Outcomes

Visit our Funding Outcomes webpage to find lists of previous successful applicants from council's grants and funding programs.

Other COVID-19 related help

For more information on other grants aimed to assist groups affected by the COVID-19 environment, check out council's other funding opportunities webpage.


For any queries please contact the Community Connections and Partnerships Team on (07) 5420 8616 or via to discuss your organisation's individual circumstances.