COVID-19 Aboriginal Community Response Grants Program

COVID-19 Aboriginal Community Response Grants Program

COVID-19 Aboriginal Community Response Grants Program

The COVID-19 Aboriginal Community Response Program will provide small quick response grants to support Aboriginal communities across NSW to reduce their risk of being exposed to COVID-19 and enable them to manage the impacts of the pandemic.
Grants of up to $10,000 are available for:
1. Social and Emotional Wellbeing Support:
Telephone or video appointments for Aboriginal people with counsellors or support staff.
Online group workshops or support groups for Aboriginal people.
Materials and equipment to support cultural wellbeing and healthy lifestyles such as craft kits for children, sports equipment, cooking equipment and ingredients.
Address the withdrawal or reduction of services for adults and children with disability such as respite for parents and carers.
Maintain connection to culture for children in Out of Home and Kinship Care.
2. Keeping Communities Connected:
Online group workshops for Aboriginal people.
Purchase of IT equipment, software and online meeting subscriptions.
Support to establish new or continue existing community groups, such as Elder’s groups, new mums’ and men’s groups.
Training and education to build skills and capacity in online service delivery.
Support live streaming of culturally significant events or activities.
3. Respond to Immediate Needs:
Provide food, clothing, or housing where a funding gap exists.
Hygiene, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) packages and delivery.
Transport hire, taxi and ride-share fares, vehicle leasing to transport Aboriginal people to access essential items or support delivery.
Support access to internet, digital technology, and equipment.
Support access to tele-health or videoconferences for specialist services.
Access testing facilities or vaccinations.
4. Advocacy and Community Information
Facilitate access to legal advice relating to public health orders, rental issues, fines, and family violence where funding gap exists.
Communication of accurate and culturally appropriate information on vaccinations and testing.
Financial counselling and debt management services.
Local and tailored Aboriginal community-based messaging.
The COVID-19 Aboriginal Community Response Grants Program will provide funding to Aboriginal run or controlled groups or organisations.
Applicants must be located in NSW and/or delivering a service to Aboriginal communities within NSW and must have public liability insurance of at least $10 million per claim.
Program opens at 9am on 30 August 2021.
Program closes at 5pm on 19 November 2021.
For more information or to apply CLICK HERE
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