Lets stay connected Fund image with icon of person on couch

Regional Development Victoria have grants for Victorian-based organisations to address issues of social isolation arising from COVID19

Eligible organisations can apply for amounts of $5,000-$200,000.

Who can apply?

Applications will be considered from Victorian-based incorporated community organisations, Local Government Areas’s, incorporated not-for-profits and industry groups including:

  • chambers of commerce and business associations
  • industry peak bodies
  • business and industry clusters and networks
  • groups of LGA’s
  • government agencies.

incorporated not-for-profit organisations, including community groups, for example:

  • cooperatives or associations
  • social enterprise organisations.

Individuals or unincorporated associations are not eligible to apply. All applications must provide a current ABN number.

The objectives of the program are to combat social isolation and loneliness issues in the community and:

  • better connect program participants with others in the community
  • provide opportunities for the community to contribute or volunteer during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
  • increase the capability of participants to connect with both their community and support organisations
  • assist service providers in increasing their reach
  • increase the capability for the community to support the socially isolated
  • ensure an equitable spread of support across both metropolitan and regional areas
  • increase collaboration between Government and support services to assist people experiencing social isolation as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Applicants need to complete the on-line application form for funding. To discuss their idea and seek advice, applicants are encouraged to email metropolitanpartnerships@ecodev.vic.gov.auif they are based in metropolitan Melbourne, or email rdv@rdv.vic.gov.auif they are based in regional Victoria.

For further information visit the website https://www.rdv.vic.gov.au/grants-and-programs/lets-stay-connected-fund