During COVID-19, there will be key announcements around funding that you need to know!

CSIA will keep this page updated with some of the latest announcements with links to the information that is available. 

Updated: Tuesday 02 Jun 2020

Whats New?:

  • NEW: Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) - COVID-19 Youth Response Fund (Closing 12 Jun 2020)
    • More information under Youth section below

Funding Categories: 

Housing and Homelessness

Minister for Housing and Public Works, Minister for Digital Technology and Minister for Sport, the Hon Mick de Brenni MP announced a $24.7 million 8-point Housing and Homelessness COVID-19 Immediate Response Fund. You can read more about the response plan here.

Funded service providers should direct any questions in relation to the allocation and expenditure of these funds to their usual Contract Manager in the department.


For Employers

JobKeeper Payment (National)

Date: Subsidies available for a period of 6 months from 30 March to 30 September 2020

Amount: $1,500 per fortnight, per employee

Funder: Aus Gov – Australian Tax Office

Key Points: 

  • To be eligible and register, employers need to make a declaration that their revenue / turnover has dropped by at least 30% as a result of the current restrictions / COVID-19 impact (businesses with $1 billion turnover need to declare a 50% reduction in turnover)
  • Charities registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC), will also be eligible if their turnover has fallen, or will likely fall, by 15% or more
  • The subsidy is a flat payment of $1,500 per fortnight, per employee. Aimed to cover part time, full time, casual workers and sole traders with a requirement for casual employees needing to have been in their role for 12 months (requirements in relation to full time, part time and sole traders to be confirmed).
  • Subsidies available for a period of 6 months from 30 March 2020
  • Applies to employees ‘on the books’ as at 1 March 2020 so there is an opportunity for staff that had been terminated or stood down in the past weeks to be reinstated and become eligible. NOTE: To be eligible however, employees cannot be getting other benefits, i.e Job seeker payments, etc.
  • The actual payments to employers will not be issued until 1 May 2020. Therefore, employers will need to make wage payments up to that date from their own cashflow and will then be reimbursed by this subsidy

More Information: Aus Gov – Australian Tax Office JobKeeper Payment Website


Boosting Cash Flow For Employers (National)

Date: From 28th April 2020 up to the month (or quarter) of September 2020

Amount: $20,000 - $100,000

Funder: Aus Gov – Australian Tax Office

Key Points: The Australian Government will provide tax-free cash flow boosts of between $20,000 and $100,000 to eligible businesses, delivered through credits in the activity statement system, when eligible businesses lodge their activity statements (i.e., automatically delivered after completing and lodging your BAS).

More Information: Aus Gov - Australian Tax Office - Boosting cash flow for employers Website


Cash Flow Assistance - Supporting Apprentices and Trainees (National)

Date: Subsidies will apply to wages paid from 01 January to 30 September 2020

Amount: Up to $7,00 per quarter, up to a max of $21,000 per eligible apprentice or trainee

Funder: Aus Gov – Department of Education, Skills and Employment

Key Points: A 50% subsidy on apprentice/trainee wages paid between Jan - March this year (up to $21,000pp), for small businesses with <20 employees. Employers of any size who re-engage an apprentice or trainee that has been displaced from a small business may also attract a wage subsidy. The apprentice or trainee must have been in-training with a small business as at 1 March 2020.

Subsidies will cover wages paid from 1 January 2020 to 30 September 2020. Businesses will be reimbursed up to $7,000 per quarter, up to a maximum of $21,000, per eligible apprentice or trainee. Final claims for payment must be lodged by 31 December 2020.

More Information: Aus Gov - Department of Education, Skills and Employment - Supporting Apprentices and Trainees Website


Coronavirus Payroll Tax Relief (QLD)

Date: Throughout 2020 calendar year

Amount: N/A

Funder: QLD Gov

Key Points: You may be eligible for one or more of a range of payroll tax relief measures as a result of the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19).These include:

  • refunds of payroll tax for 2 months
  • a payroll tax holiday for 3 months
  • deferral of paying payroll tax for the 2020 calendar year.

As part of this relief package, the refund and payroll tax holiday do not have to be repaid.

More Information: QLD Gov - Coronavirus Payroll Tax Relief Website



Aus Gov - Coronavirus SME Guarantee Scheme - Supporting the Flow of Credit (National) 

Date: Closing 30 September 2020

Amount: up to $250,000

Funder: Aus Gov - The Treasury

Key Points: The Coronavirus Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Guarantee Scheme will support up to $40 billion of lending to SMEs (including sole traders and not-for-profits). Under the Scheme, the Government will guarantee 50 per cent of new loans issued by eligible lenders to SMEs.

The Scheme will enhance lenders’ willingness and ability to provide credit, supporting many otherwise viable SMEs to access vital additional funding to get through the impact of Coronavirus.

The Scheme will be available for new loans made by participating lenders until 30 September 2020.

More Information: Aus Gov - Coronavirus SME Guarantee Scheme - Supporting the Flow of Credit Website


QLD GOV - Department of Education, Small Business and Training - Small Business Adaption Grants (QLD) 

Date: Ongoing (until funds are exhausted) 

Amount: Up to $10,000 (total pool - $100m)

Funder: QLD Gov - Department of Education, Small Business and Training

Key Points: The Small business Adaption Grants are designed to assist small businesses that have been subject to closure or otherwise highly impacted by current shutdown restrictions. 

The available grant amount is up to a maximum of $10,000 per eligible small or micro business. The funding can be used towards the following:

  • financial, legal or other professional advice to support business sustainability and diversification
  • strategic planning, financial counselling or business coaching aligned to business development and diversification
  • building the business through marketing and communications activities, for example, content development (web pages, mobile apps, visual and audio media etc.)
  • digital/technological strategy development
  • digital training or re-training to adapt to new business models
  • capital costs associated with meeting COVID-19 safe requirements
  • specialised digital equipment or business specific software to move business operations online (e.g. logistics program for online ordering)
  • meeting business costs, including utilities, rent

Projects must be completed within 6 months from the date of approval. 

More Information: Business Queensland - Small Business COVID-19 Adaption Grant Website

Aged Care

Aus Gov - Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) – Emergency Support for COVID-19 (National)

Date: 03 April – 30 June 2021

Amount: Needs-based (total pool $120,200,000)

Funder: Aus Gov – Department of Health

Key Points: The objective of this grant is to provide assistance through limited financial support to existing CHSP service providers to enable them to respond to unforeseen and exceptional circumstances that directly impact on existing service delivery arrangements that are beyond the control of the grant recipient.

This grant opportunity will provide grant funding for two groups of CHSP Providers, Group A CHSP Providers delivering any activity type(s) and Group B CHSP meals providers.

More Information: Aus Gov – Grant Connect Website (GO3877)


Aus Gov – COVID-19 Aged Care Support Program (National) 

Date: Closing 31 May 2021

Amount: up to $20,000 base-funding allocation and $2,000 for each operational place

Funder: Aus Gov – Department of Health

Key Points: The COVID-19 Aged Care Support Program will reimburse eligible aged care providers for eligible expenditure incurred on managing direct impacts of COVID-19. The Program will run over 2 years from 2019-20 to 2020-21. The Program will assist Residential Aged Care, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care Program and Home Care Package providers that are subject to direct COVID-19 impacts, to deliver continuity of safe quality care for consumers.

Applications submitted online

More Information: Aus Gov – Grant Connect Website (GO3844)


Aus Gov – Business Improvement Fund for Residential Aged Care (National) 

Date: Closing 30 April 2021 (or until funding is exhausted) 

Amount: Grants of between $7,500 - $15,000 available (max $1.5m for any single residential provider)

Funder: Aus Gov – Department of Health

Key Points: The Business Improvement Fund for Residential Aged Care will provide targeted support to eligible providers of residential aged care experiencing financial difficulty, prioritising providers in regional, rural, and remote areas, and small to medium sized providers, with limited access to financial support, that are facing significant financial pressure.

The Fund will provide financial support to providers through three streams of grant funding which include:

  • Supporting a provider to go through a process of business improvement
  • Supporting the sale of the residential aged care facility to another provider
  • Where no options exist, supporting the orderly and safe close-down of a residential facility

More Information: Aus Gov – Grant Connect Website (GO3410)


Child Care

Community Child Care Fund (CCCF) – Special Circumstances Grant (National)

Date: Ongoing  

Amount: Determined on ‘case-by-case basis’. Up to $9m total pool each financial year

Funder: Aus Gov – Department of Education, Skills and Employment

Key Points: The CCCF Special Circumstances Grant Opportunity is designed to support continuity of child care, in particular in disadvantaged or vulnerable communities, where a service is:

  • at risk of closure due to an unforeseen event or circumstance, such as a natural disaster, or extreme weather event,
  • at risk of permanent closure due to another event or circumstance, where that closure would result in a lack of suitable child care for the community, or
  • seeking to commence a new service in a community where another service has closed, resulting in a lack of suitable child care.

More Information: Aus Gov – CCCF Special Circumstances Grant Opportunity Website


Pro Bono Support

Social Impact Hub, Westpac Foundation and Social Traders - pro bono business support for social enterprises 

Date: Ongoing

Amount: (N/A: Pro-bono business support available)

Funder: Social Impact Hub, Westpac Foundation, Social Traders

Key Points: Social Impact Hub, Westpac Foundation and Social Traders are collaborating with leading corporates to offer pro bono business support to social enterprises to help them through the COVID-19 crisis.

To be eligible to access this program your enterprise must:

  • be operating in Australia;
  • be sourcing or working towards sourcing the majority of its revenue through trade of socially or environmentally sustainable products or services rather than through grants, donations; and
  • have a mission to directly address social, cultural or environmental needs through the trade of goods and services rather than indirectly through socially responsible practices.

Priority will be given to enterprises with revenues >$1m or with more than 5 employees, but all social enterprises that meet the definition above are encouraged to apply.

More Information: Social Impact Hub - COVID pro bono support for social enterprises Website



Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) - COVID-19 Youth Response Fund (National) CLOSING SOON

Date: Closing 12 Jun 2020

Amount: $5,000 - $25,000

Funder: Foundation for Young Australians (FYA)

Key Points: 

The COVID-19 Youth Response Fund will provide one-off grants between $5,000 and $20,000 to youth-led (aged 15-29) initiatives that are responding to the impact COVID-19 is having on young people. 

Two kinds of initiatives will be supported:

  • New initiatives that recognise and uniquely respond to the hardship young people face now and/or will face in the future.
  • Existing initiatives that provide a valuable on-going service to young people, which require additional funding to adapt or continue their work given the impact of COVID-19 on either their activities or funding sources.

More Information: FYA - COVID-19 Youth Response Fund Website

Other COVID-19 Grants Support


Australian Communities Foundation (ACF) and Philanthropy Australia - COVID-19 National Funding Platform (National)

Date: Ongoing

Amount: Unspecified

Funder: Various Philanthropic funders

Key Points: Australian Communities Foundation and Philanthropy Australia have partnered to provide a national funding platform to coordinate the philanthropic response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Non-profit organisations are encouraged to register their funding needs as they relate to COVID-19, so that Australian philanthropic funders can connect with and support the important work underway to tackle the pandemic and protect our communities

More Information: ACF – COVID-19 National Funding Platform Website


COVID-19 Rapid Advocacy Fund (National)

Date: Ongoing

Amount: Grants of $1,000 - $10,000 are currently being considered

Funder: Australian Progress, ACOSS and Australian Communities Foundation

Key Points: Australian Progress, together with Australian Communities Foundation and other partners, are launching COVID-19 Rapid Advocacy Fund, a donor pool that can rapidly inject funds into strategic advocacy campaigns responding to the pandemic in Australia.

More Information: Rapid Advocacy Fund Website



BHP - COVID-19 Vital Resources Fund (National)

Date: Ongoing

Amount: Undisclosed (total pool $50,000,000)

Funder: BHP

Key Points: BHP will establish a $50 million (AUD) Vital Resources Fund to help support regional Australian communities in its areas of operation, which are facing the significant challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Spending will be focused on the regions surrounding BHP’s Australian operations, including the Bowen Basin in Central Queensland, the Hunter Valley in NSW, Roxby Downs and the Upper Spencer Gulf in South Australia, and the Pilbara and Goldfields regions in Western Australia.

Anticipated areas of support include:

  • Local and regional health networks for critical infrastructure, services and workforces.
  • Essential community services that keep regions strong.
  • Community mental health and resilience.
  • Social partners and community leaders to support rural and remote Indigenous communities.
  • Over the longer term, working with governments at all levels to increase resources and training available to jobseekers

More Information: BHP - Vital Resources Fund Website



Please email disaster@csialtd.com.au for more information or clarification on any of the funding listed above.