Financial Hardship and Assistance Scheme

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The Rockhampton Regional Council Financial Hardship and Assistance Scheme is designed to support community organisations experiencing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19.

This scheme provides a ‘rapid response’ financial assistance grant cash contribution of up to $5,000 per community organisation.

If your organisation has been impacted by COVID-19 measures, fill in the online application form now or download a pdf version(PDF, 398KB)

For more information about the program download the COVID-19 - Financial Hardship and Assistance Scheme Factsheet(PDF, 267KB).

The full procedure for providing grants under the Financial Hardship and Assistance Scheme can be found here

Other support available

Below are a range of other support programs available to community groups through all levels of Government and private initiatives. 

Australian Government support: The Australian Government is providing support for not-for-profit organisations to withstand the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Refer to this Fact Sheet for further information on Australian Government support for not-for-profit organisations.

Queensland Government support: Further information about the economic relief and support packages provided by the Queensland Government in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Queensland Government Sport and Recreation COVID SAFE Restart Plan: The Queensland Government has committed $51.3 million for a COVID SAFE re-start for sport, recreation and fitness organisations.

St.George Foundation’s COVID-19 Emergency Relief Funding: This program is providing emergency payments for approved charities who are experiencing immediate funding pressures as a result of COVID-19. Emergency payments of up to $5,000 are available for charities with DGR 1 status.

Arts Queensland Arts Showcase Program (QASP): To help mitigate the impact of COVID-19, Arts Queensland is implementing a number of measures to support the arts sector. The funding pool for QASP has been increased by $2 million, funding caps per stream have been increased, and the funding criteria has been expanded.

Peace First COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant: Rapid response grants are open to young people between the ages of 13-25, anywhere in the world. The program aims to help young people around the world lead projects that address community impacts of COVID-19.

Open Road Alliance: This is private philanthropic initiative that provides capital to not-for-profits and social enterprises for mid-implementation projects facing an unexpected roadblock or sudden opportunity. In the midst of COVID-19, charitable grants are only being offered to organisations responding directly to COVID-19. Open Road is also offering four loan products to organisations affected by COVID-19.

COVID-19 Rapid Advocacy Fund: Australian Progress, together with Australian Communities Foundation and Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS), have launched the COVID-19 Rapid Advocacy Fund. This is donor pool that can rapidly inject funds into strategic advocacy campaigns.