Quick Response Grants

For urgent assistance please fill out request form on this page.

We will respond to your request as soon as possible, generally within 48 hours.

Due to the overwhelming need for assistance during this challenging time, we triage requests as best we can in order of urgency.

We seek your kind understanding and patience as requests are being processed.

For our quick response grants we are offering food and fuel vouchers of up to $200. If you require greater assistance than that please fill in our general assistance form.

You may apply for assistance once a month for up to 3 months, after which we will reassess your claim and look at other assistance we can provide you with. 

All applications for assistance are strictly confidential and dealt with as quickly as possible.

Decisions will be made as quickly as in cases of emergency – We are currently facing increased demand, please be patient as we work through your applications.

Any questions?

Get in touch here.

For anyone requiring assistance or advice the first point of contact is the MEAA office.

Telephone 1300 656 513


Covid-19 Support and Resources

Funding Centre

Web: https://www.fundingcentre.com.au/covid19-financial-assistance/

This page provides information about financial assistance available to not-for-profit organisations and community groups affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. It is updated daily or as we become aware of changes. For the very latest information in these rapidly changing times, please check with the assistance provider.

The  Arts Wellbeing Collective 

Web: artswellbeingcollective.com.au/get-help/

Australian Arts amidst COVID-19 (FB page) for artists to get community support/advice

Artsfront are doing a zoom meeting every week day for 30 minutes at 12pm. More info here.

https://ndh.org.au/debt-problems/covid19/ Information and resources about superannuation, gov assistance, rent and mortgage payments and emergency financial support.

If any artists of colour/CALD artists are experiencing extreme hardship, please contact us for advice at office@multiculturalarts.com.au

Australia Council for the Arts $5 million 2020 Resilience Fund

Website: fundingcentre.com.au/grant/G09747

  1. Adapt grants of up to $20,000 are available to individuals, groups and organisations to adapt their practice and explore new ways of working in light of the current COVID-19 crisis. Applications are ongoing. The funding is listed on the Funding Centre here.
  2. Create grants of up to $20,000 enable individuals, groups and organisations to continue creating artistic work and/or develop creative responses in this time of disruption as a result of COVID-19. Applications are ongoing. The funding is listed on the Funding Centre here.
  3. Survive grants of up to $5,000 are available to individuals, groups and organisations to offset or recoup money lost due to cancelled activity as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. Applications are ongoing.


QuickstART Loan: carclew.com.au/Funding-Program/quickstart-loans

Temporary Loans of up to $3000

Arts Law

Web: artslaw.com.au/information-sheet/covid-19-faqs-for-artists/

Free or low cost legal advice

Support Act

Web: supportact.org.au/wellbeinghelpline/

Support through crisis relief, Funeral relief, assistance for fundraising and a well-being hotline