COVID-19 Support Grant

What is the COVID-19 Support Grant?

The COVID-19 Support Grant is a modified Grants SA initiative that has been released to support not-for-profit organisations continue to provide services to vulnerable and disadvantaged people in South Australia in the current circumstances of the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Funding is prioritised for organisations that can demonstrate that the requested items are required due to the direct impact of the COVID-19 public health emergency on their services either by needing to adapt services to meet increased demand or continuing to provide services within the restricted public health requirements. Funding is available for items, services and resources that have been purchased from 22 March 2020



Grants SA is a one-off project-funding program that provides grants to not-for-profit community organisations to improve community participation, wellbeing and quality of life for people living and working in South Australia.

Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, the normal Grants SA program is ceasing operations until further notice.



Grants of up to $10,000 are available to eligible not-for-profit community organisations so they can continue to deliver programs during the COVID-19 public health emergency.


Eligible Projects

Eligible expenditure includes, but are not limited to:

  • IT equipment to enable staff and volunteers to operate from home, including computers, webcams, headsets etc.
  • Internet data increase costs.
  • Software Licensing costs.
  • Personal Protection Equipment (PPE).
  • Volunteer and staff transportation/communication costs.
  • Website upgrades/updates.
  • Short-term hire of vehicles, storage, or equipment.
  • Items or resources such as project officer salary to supplement or expand existing services experiencing an increased demand due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.
  • Items or resources such as project officer salary to prevent disruption of services due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.
  • Staple grocery items such as food and cleaning products to be distributed to households in need.

Projects should also achieve the objectives of providing benefits to people and/or communities who are vulnerable or experiencing disadvantage.


Eligible Applicants

To be eligible for Grants SA COVID-19 Support Grant funding, all organisations must:

  • have not-for-profit objectives
  • be community based
  • be currently operating within South Australia for at least 12-months, delivering services or support to the South Australian community

AND be either:

  • a legal entity, or
  • a sponsored entity (if applying through a legal entity)

All legal entities must:

  • be incorporated under the Associations Incorporation Act 1985, or the Aboriginal Councils and Associations Act 1976, or have evidence of a comparable legal status, OR
  • be a council under the Local Government Act 1999, to act as a sponsor or engage a registered training organisation to deliver training for volunteers working in community organisations.


  • be currently registered with a valid Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • have an Australian bank account in the name of the legal entity
  • agree to the terms and conditions of the grant agreement
  • if sponsoring an organisation,
    • ensure the sponsored entity has not-for-profit objectives, and
    • agree to accept legal and financial responsibility for the grant.

Organisations that are not incorporated and/or do not have an ABN, can apply if they meet all other eligibility criteria and are able to secure an eligible organisation to act as their sponsor (auspice) for the project. The sponsoring organisation is then responsible for submitting the application online, the legal and financial accountability of the project, and will be required to enter into the grant agreement. Sponsoring organisations will receive the funding and be responsible for acquitting the funding.



Applications close 20 October 2020.


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