COVID-19 Community Recovery Quick Response Grant Program

The COVID-19 Community Recovery Quick Response Grant Program supports our local service providers and community groups to support our most vulnerable and socially disconnected residents impacted by the pandemic and their access to participate in community life.


This grant round is now closed.

The COVID-19 Community Recovery Quick Response Grant Program is an extension of Council's Community Grants program and aligned with Council's Community Funding Policy. This is one of a range of community-based initiatives that Council is progressing, as part of its wider COVID-19 social and economic recovery planning for the city.

The City of Port Phillip COVID-19 Community Recovery Quick Response Grants Program aims to:

  • Direct support to community groups that connect with vulnerable or socially disconnected residents who have been most impacted by COVID to facilitate their ongoing recovery.
  • Enable service providers to promote or remove barriers to participation for socially isolated and vulnerable community members.
  • Address funding gaps arising from the change to Community Grants delivery time frames, for programs that have historically received recurrent funding.

Applicants were notified May 2021.

Successful Recipients 2020

The successful Grant recipients are detailed below, many of which have responded to the need to provide 'online' programs and improve digital literacy, as a way to address social isolation within our community.

RecipientProjectProject descriptionTarget groups
ÀBRISA - Brazilian Association in VictoriaCome, Share and ConnectThis community program will connect and provide benefits to Brazilian residents, who are newly arrived and visa holders. The safe online platform will link individuals with each other, not for profit organisations and support services.Multicultural Community Socially Isolated
Borderline Personality Disorders (BPD) CommunityEnhancing CapacityA new laptop and phone will support this small organisation to grow and continue effectively supporting people impacted by mental illness which has been further compounded by the pandemic.Socially Isolated
Mental Health
C Care Inc.CoPP ConnectExpanding the organisation's highly successful Social Outreach program to provide further support to vulnerable, isolated Jewish residents enabling them to be socially connected through volunteers.Multicultural Community Socially Isolated
Christ Church Mission IncConnecting the CommunityFunding will support this organisation to develop and implement online training and digital information services to reach out and connect with some of Port Phillip's most vulnerable residents during COVID-19 restrictions.Low Income
Socially Isolated
Elwood Children's Centre'Book a Book Buddy' Pilot ProjectAn intergenerational, literacy and social connection initiative for children enrolled in Elwood Children's Centre. Families can book storytime for their child, to be read at their door by a local young person and parent connected to the centre. This socially distanced activity supports literacy in the lead up to school and helps foster social connection during this difficult time.Families and Children Socially Isolated
Elwood St Kilda Neighbourhood Learning CentreLaptops for LoanThe upcycle and refurbishment of five laptops to be used as loan items for local residents experiencing social isolation and barriers to accessing technology.Low Income Socially Isolated
Flying Fox Services LimitedOnline COVID-19 Safe Training Buddies-For-Children-with-Disabilities TrainingThis program will build the capacity and skills of volunteers to support and buddy with families of children and young people with disabilities.People with Disabilities Families and Children
Galiamble Men's Recovery ServiceRemoving Social Barriers During COVID-19Computer improvements will assist the organisation's First Nations clients to deliver and transition their traditional artwork onto a digital platform. This project will also help vulnerable community members be engaged and connected during the pandemic.Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
HousingFirst LtdHome Is Where the Art IsAn innovative project will provide recorded art workshops and live tutorials to engage social housing residents who are experiencing financial hardship and social isolation during COVID-19.Low Income Socially Isolated
NCJW Victoria Community Services Inc.Stay Connected Virtually - Continue Independent LivingThe purchase of a laptop will support older CALD community housing residents to be trained in accessing online activities for continued social and community connection.Multicultural Community 55 years and over
Reclink AustraliaReclink Sports Share - City of Port PhillipAn innovative program designed to engage some of Port Phillip's most vulnerable residents in online and at-home sports activities.Low Income
Socially Isolated
Rotary Club of Port MelbournePort TalksSeries of webinar sessions inviting people in the Port Phillip community to join a live conversation each fortnight. Each session will include a presentation by a well know local person about local community subjects.Low Income
Socially Isolated
St Kilda PCYCBoxing for Parkinson'sA valuable online program for Port Phillip residents experiencing Parkinson's disease to keep participants active whilst at home during COVID-19.People with Disabilities Socially Isolated
Star HealthNo Barriers to ConnectVolunteers and consumer advisers will be provided with phone data to support their representation of vulnerable residents and valuable contribution and connection to Star Health.Low Income
Socially Isolated
Uniting - St KildaMaterials and equipment to support remote delivery of group activitiesPort Phillip's most vulnerable residents, who are experiencing severe and enduring mental health issues, will be engaged through the provision of individual online activities to keep participants connected during COVID-19.Low Income
Socially Isolated

Additional Resources

Accessibility and Disability Inclusion Fact Sheet for Grant Applicants 2021 (DOCX 120 KB).

Contact us

For general queries about the guidelines, deadlines or questions about the application form, please contact the Grants and Funding Officer:

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Phone: 03 9209 6777