Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Gabrielle Williams this week called for expressions of interest in the fund, which has been established by the Victorian Government to support Aboriginal Victorians to deliver community-led initiatives to respond to the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19).
As you know, Aboriginal people living in Victoria are likely to be disproportionately impacted by the social, economic, cultural and health implications of coronavirus (COVID-19).
The fund is intended to support Aboriginal organisations and communities to deliver place-based responses to local issues. The fund will provide grants for initiatives that support emergency relief, outreach and brokerage, cultural strengthening, and social and emotional wellbeing.
Local Aboriginal COVID-19 Response Networks have been set up across the state to help identify local impacts and needs.
To be successful for funding, initiatives must respond to local issues and have the support of Aboriginal communities. Funding sought should be for the value of the entire initiative unless the initiative has already been partially funded.
The fund is part of a broader $23 million package announced last month to support Aboriginal Victorians through the pandemic, which included $13 million over two years to meet an increase in Aboriginal community-controlled sector demand. This will provide support for Elders, homelessness services and stable housing, education supporting and resourcing for Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations to provide specialist health supports.
Expressions of interest will close at the end of November.
Please note interested eligible entities can apply for funds from 31 July 2020 to midnight 30 November 2020. This is to give applicants enough time to prepare their application/s and respond to coronavirus (COVID-19) impacts as they arise. Note the fund may be fully expended before 30 November 2020 depending on how many applications are received.
Any ACCO requiring assistance with a funding submission can contact Peter Mitchell.