Casey charities and community groups providing emergency relief in response to the coronavirus outbreak are being encouraged to apply for Casey Council’s quick response grants.
The aim of the grants, which are now open, are to support community organisations who are trying to curb and address the impact this health pandemic is having on the Casey community.
Eligible community groups can apply for up to $2000 each, to help them operate in a different way, provide a safe environment for volunteers and staff, and support people in need.
Council’s administrator Noelene Duff said the provision of these grants would be fast tracked to ensure that the council can provide immediate support to those assisting during these unprecedented times.
“Priority will be given to applications that assist vulnerable people and other members of the community who are impacted by the COVID-19 mitigation measures,” Ms Duff said.
“Initiatives that support the entire Casey community to address social isolation and support social cohesion will be considered.
“Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application within two to three days and payments will be fast forwarded.”
Casey council CEO Glenn Patterson said while it was an extremely challenging time, council was continuing to deliver a range of essential services for the community, while following the latest advice being handed down by the State and Federal Governments.
“Just a few of the essential services that we continue to provide, with some operational modifications, include aged and disability services, maternal and child health services, family day care, local laws, emergency management, waste, planning, building and design,” Mr Patterson said.
Council has closed its face-to-face Customer Service Centres; however our Customer Service staff are still assisting residents, either via the phone, on email or through the council website.