Following the significant impacts of COVID-19, the Alexandrina Council has developed two new grants for 2020-21, in place of its usual Community Grants Program.
The Economic Development Recovery Grant and the COVID-19 Community Reactivation Grant both opened on July 14 and aim to help local businesses and re-invigorate community groups.
Alexandrina Mayor Keith Parkes said he was confident the restructured grants program would help allocate funding where it is needed most.
"In light of our unique circumstances around COVID-19 this year, with less community events going ahead and increased strain on local businesses and community groups, council has decided that it makes sense to modify our Community Grants Program to direct our contributions to parts of the community where it can be best utilised," Mr Parkes said.
"The aim of both of these new grants is to ensure that our local economy and groups that service our community are in a position to recover from impacts caused by the pandemic."
The Economic Development Recovery Grant will assist businesses to survive and recover, with eligible entities able to apply for between $2000 and $5000 for new activities that will generate growth.
Funding will be offered in two rounds. Round 1 is now open until Monday, August 10 and will focus on supporting economic development initiatives.
Round 2 will open from mid-January to mid-February 2021 and will continue to focus on economic development while also offering funding for community groups for events.
The COVID-19 Community Reactivation Grant is aimed at supporting community groups that make a positive contribution to the wellbeing of the region and whom have been adversely affected by restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Eligible groups will be able to apply for up to $1000 to fund activities that aim to counteract the negative impacts of the pandemic, including loss of income, increased social isolation and reduced community wellbeing.
Eligible requests include assistance with utilities payments, or community projects that aim to enhance quality of life by reducing social isolation and increasing community connectedness and wellbeing.
Applications are now open and will be accepted and assessed on an ongoing basis until funds are exhausted.
Further information on both grants is available via the Alexandrina Council's website.