Other funding opportunities
  • Last updated:
  • 10 Sep 2020

Sunshine Coast Funding Finder is a comprehensive search engine for local, state, federal and private grants. Users can register to receive alerts about funding programs relevant to them as they become available. This gives businesses and community groups an opportunity to be well prepared for funding applications.

Other funding opportunities for community groups:

COVID-19 External grant and funding opportunities

Australian government support: The Australian Government is providing support for not-for-profit organisations to withstand the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Refer to this Fact Sheet for further information on Australian Government support for not-for-profit organisations.

Queensland government support: Further information about the economic relief and support packages provided by the Queensland Government in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

RACQ Foundation: Along with natural disaster recovery, the Foundation is also looking to provide funding to eligible community organisations or charities that are seeking to provide support or recovery services to vulnerable Queensland residents and the communities impacted by COVID-19. Applications close 7 September 2020.

Arts Queensland Arts Showcase Program (QASP): To help mitigate the impact of COVID-19, Arts Queensland is implementing a number of measures to support the arts sector. The funding pool for QASP has been increased by $2 million, funding caps per stream have been increased, and the funding criteria has been expanded. 

Arts and Cultural Recovery Package: Queensland Government has announced a new $22.5 million two-year Arts and Cultural Recovery Package for Queensland's arts and cultural sector. The Arts and Cultural Recovery Package includes a range of measures to strengthen the sector's foundations for the future, drive new creative work. employ artists and arts workers, retain skilled and talented creatives, and ensure the activation of our venues.

Restart Investments to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund: This program seeks to provide funding for new productions, festivals and events to support artists and organisations to get back in business following the disruptions caused by COVID-19.

Screen Australia COVID-19 Budget Support Fund: This program aims to assist current stalled projects to resume or get into production, and will contribute to the COVID costs for some projects, particularly those that are of scale. It is not intended to fill gaps in finance plans but only to fund direct COVID costs.

Australia Council for the Arts Cherish II Fund: This program is in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the disruption experienced by the First Nations arts and cultural sector and community. Applications close 6 October 2020. 

Live Music Venue Support Program: This program aims to support Queensland-based live music venues with a track record in presenting original live music that have been significantly impacted by COVID-19. 

Peace First COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant: Rapid response grants are open to young people between the ages of 13-25, anywhere in the world. The program aims to help young people around the world lead projects that address community impacts of COVID-19. 

Open Road Alliance: This is private philanthropic initiative that provides capital to not-for-profits and social enterprises for mid-implementation projects facing an unexpected roadblock or sudden opportunity. In the midst of COVID-19, charitable grants are only being offered to organisations responding directly to COVID-19. Open Road is also offering four loan products to organisations affected by COVID-19.

COVID-19 Rapid Advocacy Fund: Australian Progress, together with Australian Communities Foundation and Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS), have launched the COVID-19 Rapid Advocacy Fund. This is donor pool that can rapidly inject funds into strategic advocacy campaigns.

Small Business Relief Package: For businesses and not-for-profit organisations who have been adversely impacted by COVID-19, your bank may allow you to defer principal and interest repayments for all loans attached to the business for a period of six months.

Coronavirus Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Guarantee Scheme: This scheme will support up to $40 billion of lending to SMEs (including sole traders and not-for-profits) and guarantee 50% of new loans issued by eligible lenders to SMEs. The Scheme will be available for new loans made by participating lenders until 30 September 2020.

Business support: For further support and information for businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

If your organisation provides grants or funding and would like to list it on this site, please contact grants@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au

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