Charities, not-for-profits and non-government organisations could receive up to $30,000 if they are supporting community health and wellbeing during the coronavirus pandemic.
City of Newcastle opened applications on Wednesday for its Boost Our City grants, which are aimed at projects delivered by organisations well positioned to provide practical support to those who need it most.
The grants, which are open until June 30, are part of the council's COVID-19 Community and Economic Development Resilience Package announced last month.
"The aim of our community grants program is to scale and fit the needs identified by the community sector to soften the social impact of COVID-19," lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes said.
The council has already provided urgent rapid response funding to existing service providers, such as OzHarvest, to cope with increased demand.
Grants of between $2,000 and $30,000 are available for projects that comply with federal government guidelines and NSW Health advice.
"It could make all the difference, for instance, to someone with complex health needs but limited access to technology to ensure continuity of care, or to someone who has lost their job or is struggling with mental health and turns to a charity or service provider for the first time," Cr Nelmes said.
"The effects of this pandemic will be far-reaching and felt for some time to come."
Application forms and information on how to apply are available via the council's website.
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