COVID-19 Crisis Grant opens today

April 28, 2020

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The COVID-19 Crisis Grant, which opens today, is one of a series of measures we have implemented to support community broadcasting organisations manage the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This grant is funded through the COVID-19 Crisis Fund that was established to ensure that community broadcasters can maintain or improve their services to communities throughout the pandemic.

It is a non-competitive, one-off grant to help stations offset the loss of income through sponsorships, donations and fundraising events.

The application and reporting processes have been simplified to make it as easy as possible for community broadcasting organisations to access these funds.

Who can apply for the COVID-19 Crisis Grant?

You can apply if you are one of the following:

  • Community radio station
  • Community television station
  • Remote Indigenous Media Organisation
  • Remote Indigenous Broadcasting Service.

Please note: Stations with temporary licences must have been on air for at least two successive years prior to applying.

How much can I apply for?

Each community broadcasting organisation can make one application. Applications are capped at $35,000.

As mentioned in How we’re Funding our COVID-19 Grants ,we currently have $2.2 million in the fund.

What can I apply for?

You can apply for any combination of the following organisational costs:

  • Activities – online training, business development, marketing
  • Equipment – including equipment that enables broadcasters to adhere to social distancing requirements and to work from home
  • Production/transmission/administration equipment, website/software costs
  • Operations – including salaries, sponsorship replacement costs, utility costs, administration
  • Administration costs up to $1,000.

Please note: The funds can be used for expenses incurred from 1 January 2020 – 31 December 2020.

How do I apply for the COVID-19 Crisis Grant?

We have ensured the application process for a COVID-19 Crisis Fund grant is very streamlined to avoid placing unnecessary additional burdens on you.

We will be asking you to answer a short set of questions about annual income and expenditure for the last financial year, your cash balance and surplus/deficit. We will also be asking you about your eligibility for other government support.

To apply fill out this form in SmartyGrants.

You will also find more information in SmartyGrants about how your application will be assessed and reporting requirements.

Application deadline

Applications will close Monday 18 May at 2pm (AEST).

More information

Contact our Grant Support Team for more information – they are always happy to answer your questions about your application and help you apply.

The Team will also be calling stations over the coming weeks to ensure you know about this and the reopening of Grant Round 1.

Don’t forget about our COVID-19 Quick Response grant which closes next Monday 4 May 2020 at 2pm (AEST). If you’ve been on air for the past 24 months and have no paid staff, you are eligible to apply for this grant as well.

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