Lord Mayor’s COVID-19 Direct Assistance Program

Brisbane City Council is committed to supporting local communities including providing grant programs to help fund local not-for-profit community groups. Every year, Council offers funding through its multiple community grant programs to help develop and improve community facilities and services in Brisbane. 

Council is providing $3 million in direct financial assistance this financial year to community, cultural, and sport and recreational groups leasing a Council-owned or managed community facility, to help them rebuild and re-commence services to residents after the coronavirus pandemic. 


The Lord Mayor’s COVID-19 Direct Assistance Program will help not-for-profit lessees cover the costs of operating expenses incurred during their forced closure. It will also help support leaseholders who have been unable to do maintenance works on their buildings due to lack of revenue as a result of the pandemic.

Eligible organisations can apply for funding of up to $10,000 towards operating expenses incurred between 1 January 2020 and 30 June 2020, and future minor maintenance works at Council community leased facilities.


Eligible organisations can apply for up to $10,000 in funding.

Funding round dates

Applications are now open. The Program will close when funding is expended. 

How to apply

For more information about the Lord Mayor’s COVID-19 Direct Assistance Program, including how to apply, read the Program Guidelines.


Applicants must:

  • hold a lease of a Council-owned or managed community facility
  • be an incorporated not-for-profit organisation, or be auspiced by an incorporated not-for-profit organisation that is able to accept legal and financial responsibility for the project or activity; and
  • be based within the Brisbane local government area (LGA).

Examples of eligible operational expenses include:

  • utilities (water charges will be subject to retail component only)
  • insurance
  • security.

Applicants are required to provide evidence of the claimed expense (i.e. a past or current bill).

Eligible future minor maintenance works must be completed within 12 months of the notification date and include planned maintenance that may not occur due to loss of revenue. For example:

  • roof repairs
  • plumbing repairs
  • painting
  • general building works.

Acquittal reports for successful applicants

If your application is successful you will be required to complete your project and submit an online acquittal form within 12 months of the approval notification.

Program recipients with overdue acquittal reports are not eligible to apply for further grants.

If you believe your organisation may have an outstanding acquittal report from a project, phone Council on 07 3403 8888 and ask to speak with the Community Grants Unit for advice.

More information

For more information, you can read the Program Guidelines or:

You can also contact Council via:

Last updated: 21 July 2020