Media response - COVID-19 grants

Published on 08 July 2020

Response to The Advertiser.

The Advertiser is compiling a story about government grants being handed to residents and businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Could you please provide responses to the following questions.

1) Is your council providing grants to businesses and residents? If so, how much is each grant worth and who is eligible?

2) What has been the uptake so far?

3) Could you please also provide two or three of the best grants, not COVID related,  residents can apply for to help them through the pandemic. You can even send a webpage with info, if that is easier.

Comments attributed to Philomena Taylor, Director Community Relations

1) Is your council providing grants to businesses and residents? If so, how much is each grant worth and who is eligible?

In response to COVID-19, City of Onkaparinga established a $50,000 Community Wellbeing and Resilience Grant to support our communities through the pandemic. This provides grants of between $500 and $2000 for community groups operating within the City of Onkaparinga to connect people affected by COVID-19 to important services and programs, with focuses on improving mental health, community connectedness, physical health, financial security or food security.

This fund adds to the wide range of funding opportunities on offer through the 2020-21 Grants and Sponsorship Program, which boost projects, events and festivals that benefit our communities.

2) What has been the uptake so far?

We allocated $25,198 to 18 community groups in Round 1 of the COVID-19 Community Wellbeing and Resilience Grant, with another $24,802 on offer during Round 2 (applications now open, closing 14 July) to support our communities through the pandemic.

This is in addition to the $419,617 in grants ($361,219 in cash and $58,398 of in-kind support – see successful recipients here) council recently signed off on for a range of community groups and businesses through the 2020-21 Grants and Sponsorship Program.

3) Could you please also provide two or three of the best grants, not COVID related, residents can apply for to help them through the pandemic. You can even send a webpage with info, if that is easier.

Aside from the Community Wellbeing and Resilience Grant, most of our other grant opportunities are now closed, but Round 2 of our ON Business Partner Program Small Business Grants is opening on Thursday 9 July. These grants help create employment; build a resilient, innovative local economy; and unlock new business opportunities.

City of Onkaparinga also offers a free Onkaparinga Funding Finder, a grant search tool that allows residents, community groups and businesses to research thousands of grants available across the country. This makes sourcing funding support much easier for our community, and it contains a quick list page directing residents to COVID-19-specific funding and support programs for businesses, community and individuals in SA and nationally.

ENDS

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