Quick Response Grant Program

Quick Response Grants Entry

We are committed to supporting the community to adapt positively to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Quick Response Grants are designed to support the adaptation and continuation of local community groups and individual creative efforts to help build community resilience and unity during and after the pandemic. 

Monash Council currently has two streams of community grant funding available.


Please read the description below each stream to determine which grant is the most appropriate for your project and/or your organisation. 

For more information, please read 2021-22 Quick Response Grant Guidelines (pdf, 538KB)

General Quick Response Grants are designed to support local community groups and individual creative efforts to assist in strengthening community and building cohesion and whose project, program or issue may arise outside of the normal funding cycle of the Monash Community Grant Program.

Community Resilience & Recovery Quick Response Grants are designed to help the Monash community recover from the impact COVID-19 has had on social connections. Projects or programs funded through this stream should focus on helping our community recover from the pandemic and reconnecting vulnerable or socially isolated people. Funding will be provided to build the capacity of people impacted by COVID-19 and to strengthen community resilience. Projects or programs should ideally occur over a period of time (not a once-off event or activity) to ensure that meaningful and sustainable connections are fostered.  

Funding available

Under the General Quick Response Grants, applicants can apply for a once-off $4000 grant. Under the Community Resilience & Recovery Quick Response Grants, applicants can apply for a once-off $10,000 grant. The grants are open from 1 July 2021 until the allocation is exhausted.


To be eligible to receive a Quick Response Grant, applicants must:

  • Be an incorporated community group with not-for-profit status or auspiced by an eligible organisation or be an individual artist with an ABN
  • Deliver the funded activity/services within the City of Monash boundaries
  • Maintain public liability insurance cover for a minimum of $20 million
  • Have no debts to Council and have completed all previous Monash Community Grants Program funding acquittal requirements
  • Be able to deliver the project within current (and evolving) COVID-19 restrictions
  • be able to deliver the project by 30 June 2022

Grants that address significant social issues such as loneliness, mental health, family violence, community safety, health promotion (and similar) are encouraged to apply.

It is important that groups that apply focus on how they are adapting and transitioning their programs during COVID-19 and how this innovation brings positive outcomes to their group/and or wider community.

While previous funding from other Monash Council grants programs has no effect on an applicant’s eligibility to apply, the Quick Response Grants are not a duplicate of an existing grant.

Some examples of grants that may be funded through the Quick Response Grants are ‘Zoom’ accounts to enable groups to move their classes online, an art project that focuses on mental health or promoting racial tolerance, or a neighbourhood project that encourages connection and reduces social isolation.

If you have an innovative idea, please contact the Monash Community Grants Team on 9518 3568 or at monash.grants@monash.vic.gov.au to discuss it.


Applications will be checked for eligibility, then reviewed internally by Council Officers and assessed against the Assessment Criteria.

Assessment Criteria

1. Addresses an evidence-based community need or opportunity
2. Relevance to Council's Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan/ Resilience Plan
3. The number of Monash residents that will benefit
4. The capacity of the organisation/community/individual to undertake the project
5. Budget expenditure

How to apply

Apply online through SmartyGrants portal


Applications will be assessed by an internal Council Officer Panel. Applicants will receive a response from Council within 6 weeks of the application being received.

Once receiving notification of a successful application, applicants must commence the project within 4 weeks and by completed by 30 June 2022.

All successful applications will be formally acknowledged at the next applicable Council meeting.

What won’t be funded

The following requests are ineligible and will not be funded:

  • Commercial/for-profit projects/services
  • Fundraising activities
  • Capital infrastructure
  • Gifts and prizes
  • Groups who meet in venues that have Electronic Gaming Machines (EGMs)
  • Projects/services that are inconsistent with Council’s objectives; partisan political in nature or  that duplicate other existing projects/services
  • Community groups who hold significant financial reserves
  • Those that are the funding responsibility of another tier of government


An online acquittal must be completed through SmartyGrants at the conclusion of the funded activity.

More information

For help or more information, email us at monash.grants@monash.vic.gov.au or call the Community Grants Team on 9518 3568.

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Last updated: 01 July 2021