This recovery package aims to support local community wellbeing events and promote the building of resilience and capability within communities to sustain long-term wellbeing.
The COVID-19 Community Connection and Wellbeing program has several intended outcomes:
People are given opportunities to reconnect and re-engage with their communities to improve their social connectedness and wellbeing.
Community members experience increased confidence and capability to foster and maintain their wellbeing and support the wellbeing of others.
Communities have greater access to opportunities and resources to support their wellbeing.
Communities are more resilient to the social impacts of the remainder of the COVID-19 pandemic and other future disaster events.
The program encourages applications for different approaches to enhancing social connectedness in local communities as well as building the capacity of individuals, families and communities to maintain their wellbeing in the future. Funded programs can focus on a range of activities to reflect the diversity of needs in their local community.
The program consists of 3 funding streams:
- Pathway 1 offers between $70,001 and $300,000 for larger scale projects that will be completed over a longer period (up to 22 months).
- Pathway 2 offers between $10,001 and $75,000 for small to medium scale, short-term projects (can be delivered within 12 months).
- Pathway 3 offers between $1,000 and $10,000 for small projects or events that focus on local needs (can be delivered within 1-6 months).
The COVID-19 Community Connection and Wellbeing Program opening was publicly announced with an opening date of the 28 March 2022. Due to delays with the program opening the official opening date is now 5 April 2022.