COVID 19 – SUPPORT as at 25 May 2020
There is support for businesses and you can access the information here: https://www.covid19.act.gov.au/business-hub/restrictions-and-advice
We also advise you to subscribe to the ACT Government's Industry Updates to receive the latest information.
The Jobs for Canberrans fund was launched by the ACT Government last month to provide work opportunities for Canberrans who have been severely impacted by COVID 19. Additional jobs have been added including administration, cleaning and maintenance. For more details, visit covid19.act.gov.au/jobsforcanberrans.
CITY RENEWAL AUTHORITY GRANTS
City Renewal Grants have now opened and has $250,000 in funding to support the local industry, creatives and businesses to contribute to the cultural development of the Canberra. They're looking for creative and flexible ideas that could help Canberra get back on its feet during the recovery after COVID 19. To find out more, visit https://www.act.gov.au/cityrenewal/get-involved/grants/city-grants. Applications close 3pm, Tuesday 30 June.
COVID 19 – SUPPORT as at 9 April 2020
There is Financial and arts-specific Professional support available.
artsACT has provided this handy summary of support available as at 6 April, and they note that support is still developing.
The ACT Government announced their first support package for the community on 20 March, and here is a link -
ACT Treasury - Economic Survival package - https://apps.treasury.act.gov.au/budget/covid-19-economic-survival-package
go to this site - https://www.cmtedd.act.gov.au/open_government/inform/act_government_media_releases/barr/2020/act-economic-survival-$214-million-in-support-for-our-hospitals,-local-businesses-and-households
there is rent relief for community organisation tenants of ACT Government properties and assistance for head licensees of arts facilities to enable sub-licensee fees for 6 months.
Below are government sites with important information about how to keep you, your family, your business, your dance practice financially afloat while the health challenge is being dealt with –
Australian Government Treasury Frequently asked questions
Services Australia (includes Centrelink) - https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/subjects/affected-coronavirus-covid-19
***RECOMMENDATION – don’t assume that JobKeeper or JobSeeker will not apply to you just because –
you have never sought any kind of government benefit before - or
you have not actually been ‘sacked’ but, rather, have lost bookings and gigs because they have simply dried up and you have no income. Check out the material at the links above!***
On 5 April the Treasurer announced that the Australian Government will allow registered charities to qualify for JobKeeper subsidies for their payments to their staff if they have suffered a 15% drop in turnover compared with 2019 (for non-charities it must be a 30% drop).
If you have questions about JobKeeper coverage, please email Ausdance National on email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org as they have been in discussion with Treasury officials and know that there is a request for info about how JobKeeper works for various parts of the community (in this case,of course, DANCE!). For an idea of the limits of JobKeeper coverage, see this MEAA alert re gaps in JobKeeper.
As at 9 April, national arts bodies were continuing to ask for an arts sector specific economic assistance pacakage, saying that the announcement that day of $27million for arts was welcome but did not address all the needs of the sector.
The ACT Government Economic Survival package (Stage 1) announced on 20 March includes a grant program focused on artists, called HOMEFRONT.
-> PLEASE consider applying to artsACT for a HOMEFRONT grant to support your dance practice!
Artists may be eligible to receive funding of up to $10,000 to support arts development and the sustainability of arts practice over the next six to nine months through a $500,000 grants program.
This may include the development of works to be exhibited or performed into the future, research and development, making new works or sharing of works through online platforms.
Grant applications will open on 30 March 2020 and will close on 17 April at 5pm.Announcements on successful recipients will be made approximately 1 May 2020.
More information on the grants program is available on the artsACT website at: www.arts.act.gov.au/funding/homefront"
On 25 March the Australia Council announced a Response Package - https://www.australiacouncil.gov.au/about/covid-19/. Look around the Australia Council Covid19 sites. They are informative. This Fb site about digital support looks interesting:
On 31 March the Australia Council announced its Resilience Fund and re-opened Arts and Disability Mentorships.
Look out for further announcements by the ACT Government and the Australian Government.