Quick Response Grant Program

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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.  

The purpose of these grants is to provide programs and projects to strengthen the community during this time.

Equipment, administration costs, hygiene items (for example, hand sanitiser) and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), such as gloves, masks or other equipment, are not eligible for funding through this program.

Due to the success of this program to assist community in 2020/21, Council has approved continuation of the Quick Response Grants Program for 2021/22, with 2 funding streams available from 1 July 2021. These will be for the General Quick Response Grants and the Community Resilience & Recovery Quick Response Grants.

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

Funding available

Applicants are able to apply for up to $5,000 for a once-off grant. The grants will be open from 1 July 2020 until 30 June 2021 or until the allocation has been 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 2021

Please be advised that we will accept applications up until 30 June 2021, with applicants having 8 weeks to complete their project.

Grants that address significant social issues such as loneliness, mental health, family violence, community safety (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, a neighbourhood project that encourages connection and reduces social isolation, and other similar projects.

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. Demonstrated response to the impacts of COVID-19 on an organisation/community
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 four weeks of the application being received.

Once receiving notification of a successful application, applicants must commence the project within four weeks.

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: 15 June 2021