Grants Assist Can Help Organisations Secure COVID-19 Healthcare Funding

Grants Assist Can Help Organisations Secure COVID-19 Healthcare Funding

September 30, 2021 0 By Stephen Callahan

The healthcare sector is, without a doubt, one of the most important sectors in any state. With the onset of the pandemic, the importance of a functional healthcare system has only multiplied. The response of the Australian government, so far, has been exceptional in curtailing the spread of the coronavirus, despite a global struggle. The Australian government has been able to respond to the pandemic in an exceptional manner largely because of a strong healthcare sector. This has been made possible because of the assistance that the government has continued to provide the healthcare sector even before the pandemic. The government has extended support in the past in the form of funding programs, grants, awards, incentives, and subsidies. 


The unique aspect of healthcare funding programs is that they are not only limited to businesses. The government acknowledges the role played by surgeons, doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals in sustaining the healthcare sector. These individuals are important as they play a pivotal role in the dissemination of knowledge, experience and skills that has helped make the healthcare sector what it is today. 


If you are an individual or a business that is related to the healthcare industry, and you are actively looking for financial support, the team at Grants Assist can help you secure funding. There are a host of programs being run by the Australian government, in this regard. However, these programs are strictly only available to those that qualify for these grants, and it might prove to be difficult to meet the stringent criteria. That is not the cause of worry as the team at Grants Assist can help you choose the right program for you and help you with preparing your application. This will allow you the peace of mind that you will be able to secure funding from a grant that best caters to your needs. 

In March 2020, the Australian government unveiled a comprehensive health package to tackle the menace of coronavirus. Under the plan, the government set aside $2.4 billion to protect all Australians, especially those that belong to vulnerable groups, such as adults, people suffering from chronic conditions, and indigenous populations. This article will discuss some of the grants that have been made available as a response to the coronavirus.


Support for Aged Care Workers in COVID-19

The Support for Aged Care Workers in COVID-19, or SACWIC, was initiated to provide assistance to approved Residential Aged Care Providers, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care Program providers, and Home Care Providers. The plan seeks to minimize the spread of infection to aged care workers, residents and others involved in the aged care service. The program opened for applications on 4 August 2020 and the last date to submit applications is 31 December 2021. The Australian government has apportioned $93 million in support of this program. To be eligible under this program, applicants must:

  1. Be an approved Residential Aged Care Provider, an approved National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care Program provider, or a Home Care Provider;
  2. Be facing additional costs because of supporting eligible workers; and
  3. Be situated in a hotspot or have workers that are situated in a hotspot. 

At the end of the activity period, the providers would be expected to submit an application detailing any out-of-pocket expenses. 


Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) – Emergency Support for COVID-19

The CHSP Emergency Support for COVID-19 Programme renders support to existing CHSP service providers in the form of limited financial support. The government has allocated a sum in excess of $199 million for this grant. The aim of this program is to better equip CHSP service providers so that they can respond to exceptional and unforeseen circumstances. These circumstances must have a direct negative impact on delivery arrangements that are out of the control of the grant recipient. Applications opened on 3 April 2020 and the last date for the submission of applications is 30 June 2022. Applicants have been divided into two categories, those that are delivering any type of service (Group A) and those that are meal providers (Group B). 


To be able to secure this grant, those in Group A must currently be in an agreement with the Commonwealth for delivering CHSP services. Applicants must also fill out an Emergency Support for COVID-19 Proposal Form, outlining the service delivery model and why there is a need for emergency funding. For the funding round of 2020-21, applicants in Group B are also to apply through the process outlined for Group A. 


COVID-19 Disaster Payment

This grant started entertaining applications on 10 June 2021 and is currently taking new applications with no end date. The Disaster Payment program has been initiated to help those individuals that are currently unable to earn an income. Help is extended in the form of a lump sum financial assistance. To be eligible for this grant individuals must be located in an area that is facing a state public health order for lockdown for a period longer than seven days and has been declared a hotspot. Applications can be made via the myGov account and are assessed against the eligibility criteria stated earlier. 


COVID-19 Research Grants Program

The COVID-19 Research Grants Program was started by the Department of Health alongside the Western Australia Health Translation Network. The plan was set up to provide funding for COVID-19 related research projects. This plan provided funding to those research projects that possessed the potential to be translated into framing better policy and practices across Western Australia. The plan was created with the intention of funding COVID-19 research that would have a direct impact on the health system of Western Australia and its community at large. Its purpose was to facilitate clinical trials for COVID-19 in WA. As a result of this program, the WA government was able to facilitate research that formed the basis of evidence-based medical and health policy. This grant was available to individual researchers or a team. The projects that received funding under this round addressed health and medical challenges related to the pandemic. Applications were assessed against a set criterion which included, the significance of the project, innovation, research plan, partnerships, consumer involvement, research translation, budget, and capacity. Though this program is no longer open for applications, there are a host of other grants that are still accepting applications from prospective grantees. 


If you are unsure of which grant is best suited for you, feel free to call the offices of Grants Assist where one of their experienced agents would be able to help you select and apply for a grant. It is advised that you call the offices at your earliest convenience as most of these grants are awarded on a first-come-first-serve basis.