View advice about community inclusion and food relief during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Community Food Relief Fund

Grant applications for the Community Food Relief Fund are now open.

The Community Food Relief Fund supports local community organisations supplying food to Victorians in need during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

One-off grants of up to $75,000 will increase the state’s capacity to source and distribute food relief.

Community organisations can use the grants to increase and improve their capacity to deliver and store food, support COVIDSafe business operations and recruit volunteers to help with business operations.

Applications are open from 7 October 2020 and will close at 2:00pm on Monday 26 October 2020.

You can find out more by reading the application guidelines and the frequently asked questions.

Visit the application portal to submit an application.

For further enquiries please email us at foodrelief.team@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

If you need an interpreter, call TIS National on 131 450.

Victorian neighbourhood house sector guidance

The neighbourhood house sector provides services to many vulnerable Victorians. People who are disadvantaged or vulnerable may be especially impacted by the current pandemic due to their lack of personal, social and financial resources.

Volunteering during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Volunteers willingly dedicate their time for the common good and without financial gain. A strong volunteering culture improves outcomes for people, communities and the environment, supports the delivery of services and improves mental health and wellbeing for volunteers themselves.

  • Information for current and prospective volunteers about how to support the community and stay safe is available on the Volunteer.vic website.

Extreme Hardship Support Program

The Extreme Hardship Support Program can provide financial assistance, information and referrals to people living in Victoria who are experiencing significant hardship as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and who are unable to access other forms of Victorian Government and Commonwealth Government income support. The program may support for temporary and provisional visa holders and undocumented migrants with little or no income, savings or community support.