COVID-19 Quick Response Grant opens

April 21, 2020

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The COVID-19 Quick Response Grant announced by our President Ian Hamm last week opens today.

This grant is the first in a series of measures to help support community radio stations manage the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is a one-off opportunity for stations that have no paid employees to access funds to help maintain operations under COVID-19 social distancing requirements.

The application and reporting processes have been streamlined to make it easy and quick for stations to access these funds.

Who can apply?

To apply Australian community radio stations need to meet both of the following criteria:

  • been on air for the past 24 months
  • have no paid employees.

Please note: this grant is not available for subscription services, online content producers or narrowcasting services.

How much can I apply for?

Each station can make one application for up to $2000. A total of $200,000 is available for distribution in this grant.

What can I apply for?

You can apply for either or both of the following:

  • purchase of small equipment, software, supplies and costs associated with maintaining operations under COVID-19 social distancing requirements
  • reimbursement for costs related to COVID-19 social distancing requirements incurred since 1 January 2020.

How do I apply?

Fill out this form in SmartyGrants

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

Application deadline

Applications will close at 2pm (AEST), Monday 4 May 2020.

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 our other COVID-19 opportunities announced by Ian Hamm last week  (please note: more detailed information will be available soon about the reopening of Grant Round 1 and the COVID-19 Crisis Fund).

Stay Informed