2023-2024 COVID-19 Community Grants Program

Program Overview

COVID-19 continues to be an ongoing serious health concern that disproportionately affects vulnerable and disadvantaged Victorians.

The 2023-2024 COVID-19 Community Grants Program is part of the Department of Health’s continued commitment to addressing the ongoing pandemic response.

The Program aims to maintain the Department’s strong network of community organisations for continued pandemic response, as well as inform broader public health programming and policy.


The COVID-19 Community Grants Program (the Program) offers grants to eligible not-for-profit community organisations to:

Engagement & Information: Provide authoritative, trusted, accurate and tailored public health information and advice to priority groups

Support access to COVID-19 supports: Support access to COVID-19 treatment and vaccination, and their adoption of COVID-19 preventative behaviours

Joint initiatives with partners to address health issues: Strengthen partnerships with other key stakeholders, such as community organisations, local public health units, GPs, pharmacists, GP Respiratory Clinics and community health partners to address health needs of priority groups

Community insights: Gather and share community feedback and insights to help guide the Department’s continued pandemic response

Our part in achieving program objectives

AfriAus iLEAC with our LUVPACKS partners is engaged with the multicultural community through:

  • Community engagement and information activities conducted: health education info sessions, welfare calls and messaging, COVID-19 and other Health related education workshops, podcast productions, Community Stakeholder Expert Advisory Group (CSEAG) strategic Meetings
  • Enable access to vaccination, treatment and other services to support preventive behaviours; Capacity building training and workshops for AfriAus iLEAC hosts & media staff for the Podcast Channel ‘Our Voice Community Wellbeing’, COVID-19 related Creative Artwork workshops with young people & women and COVID-19 related creative texts by youth
  • Building partnerships through Health education workshops – Community awareness, health and wellbeing training workshops to address COVID
    -19 related health impacts and needs.
  • Community Insights; Informal insights: COVID-19 narratives, focus group discussions, surveys, participant observations – to inform The Department of the priority groups’ needs and insights. 


Methods of delivery

  • Reinforcing COVID safe messages
  • Podcasting/vodcasting
  • Dissemination of accurate information
  • Translations
  • Creative arts through Poems or spoken word
  • Workshops

Activities for communities with specific communication needs, are targeted with:

  • Easy Read English
  • Audio texts- spoken word with translated texts in various languages
  • Audio visual texts
  • Q & A
  • Podcast & vodcast presentation of COVID-19 updates, Interviews & Talk shows e.g Multicultural Dinner, 22nd Dec 2023
  • CWIRE Dinner, Sat 9th Dec 2023: (a) RAT Kits & face masks distribution (b) Emphasized 6 steps to staying Safe during Summer (C) Nurse Onsite – COVID positive safe practices were emphasized, anyone unwell goes back home if they couldn’t co-operate to wear a mask.
  • Multicultural Dinner, 22nd Dec 2023 –  presentations by Rob Koch, Rudo Mphande and Dr Nirav Parikh (COVID-19 safe messages, Heatwaves, High blood pressure etc,  Nurse Onsite to ensure no-one unwell attends without face masks.
  • Men’s dinner on “Mo-vember” men’s health awareness and COVID-19 updates and safe behaviours by Dr Emmanuel Ndukwe, Orland Green, Andrew Gai, Mabor Chadhuol and Rabecca Mphande.

Capacity building activities  to improve the capacity of our member organisations or affiliates included:

  • Making welfare check in calls
  • Creative Arts Fair 3 days workshop (27-29 Dec 2023) for children and youth- infusing creative arts, mindfulness and COVID-19 updates and safe behaviours.
  • Distribution of RAT Kits and face masks to young people, families, LUVPACKS partners and other new communities such as the Indian community in Cardinia and Casey councils.
  • Joint development/creation of the COVID safe behaviour messages with Melton – Pasifika Community ; GoMoana and Latrobe Gippsland Local Public Health
  • Podcast Production
  • Interpreting , Translating 
  • Connected CALD Senior Women self-care education, health (physical and mental) education workshops

Which priority groups does this grant aim to support?

Victorians experiencing higher risk of hospitalisation and severe health outcomes due to COVID-19 and are experiencing social and economic disadvantage, specifically:

  • older people (>65 years old)
  • people with significant underlying medical illness or disability
  • multicultural communities
  • Children/young people (under 18 years)

 The program also has a particular focus on the following language groups:

  • Arabic
  • Amharic
  • Mandarin
  • Samoan
  • Hindi
  • Punjabi
    • Somali
    • Harari
    • Urdu
    • Xhosa
    • Shona
    • Indian Punjabi
      • Chichewa (Malawi Nyanja)
      • Chitumbuka
      • Persian
      • Spanish
      • Kiswahili
      • Chinese
      • Dari



        • Contribute towards reduced death rate at state level
        • Increased community connectedness
        •  Increased individual’s productivity
        • Increased education and awareness of accurate COVID-19, health information.
        • Civic engagement and participation; Happy, engaged, willing to interact outdoors individuals
        • Increased access to timely, accurate, authoritative and appropriate information related to COVID-19.
        • Established collaboration with local Respiratory Clinical GPs, LHPU & community health services 
        • Decreased myths and misinformation about COVID-19
        • Decrease in COVID-19 cases
        • Increase in self-knowledge in health, self-care and healthy self-worth
        • Ongoing use of COVID Safe practices, including scaled up intake of vaccine
        •  Enhanced feeling of sense of belonging
        • Contribute towards the relief on hospitals and the health system as a whole – reduced pressure.
        • Reduced mental health issues that result from COVID-19 pandemic
        • Increased staff and partnership capacity building to increase performance
        • Changed attitude towards mask wearing in public and using RAT tests at home
        • Analysed, interpreted and recorded narratives about needs and insights.
        • Increased women aware of their health needs and medical conditions.
        • Increased women accessing relevant supports and services.
        • Scaled up media expertise
        • Informed health programs and policies


        “Our Voice Community Wellbeing” Podcast Channel

        On our channels you will find:

        • Translated health alerts and updates in multiple languages
        • Talk-shows with different health experts on various health related subjects
        • Youth giving health updates- with inclusive communication using auslan (sign language)
        • Health updates and tips from health experts 


        Translated updates of COVID-19 & other health alerts

        Translations of the Spoken word “Stay Safe” by Samson Moyo

        Translations on Health advice on immunisations for travel as of 31 May 2024


        Multicultural Communities Dinner- 22 Dec 2023

        Multicultural Communities Dinner- Dec 2023

        MO-vember Dinner 2023

        MO-vember Dinner for Men’s Mental Health Awareness

        It`s that time of the year again to enjoy cultural fusion through delicious food, cultural performances, fun activities for children and youth, plus MORE!

        Join us this Saturday 22 June for this family friendly FREE EVENT at 📍 Pakenham Hall, John Street, Pakenham.
        🕐 11am to 4.30pm.

        We will be Volunteering at this festival but we will also have a stall - so look out for us and come say hello! ✨️😆

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        We`re back with our vibrant sessions of Empowering Diversity, Celebrating Unity with senior diverse women!
        We are now also inviting any interested women who are in their 30s!! 💕✨️

        Join us as we joyfully connect senior women from all walks of life. It`s all about embracing identity, amplifying voices, and fostering a sense of belonging. Together, we`ll dive into fun activities, promote health, share knowledge, and champion equity. Let`s create a space where every woman can shine brightly! 🌟 👸🏻👸🏼👸🏽👸🏾👸🏿👸🧕🏽🧕🏾🧕🏿🧕🏻

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        🎤 Calling all creative minds aged 7-17! 🎨

        Join us for a vibrant event featuring music, poetry, dance, art, and spoken word inspired by the rona.

        Express yourself, share your talent, and connect with others through the power of creativity!

        Prizes will be given to the best performers! 🏆

        Don`t miss out on this unique opportunity to make your voice heard. 🌟

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        We continue with our sessions of Empowering diversity, celebrating unity with Senior diverse women!

        Join us as we holistically connect diverse senior women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. It`s about embracing identity, amplifying voices, and fostering belonging. Together, we`ll explore fun, health, knowledge, and equity, creating a space where every woman shines. 🌟 👸🏻👸🏼👸🏽👸🏾👸🏿👸🧕🏽🧕🏾🧕🏿🧕🏻

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        Did you know that many women between 40 and 80 years old seek opportunities for personal growth and education. This can include returning to school, engaging in lifelong learning, and participating in community or volunteer activities to stay mentally and socially active 💃🏽🧗🏼‍♂️🏃🏽‍♀️🏊🏼‍♀️

        This is why we need your help to reach out to remind and invite our female seniors to this FREE fortnightly workshop.
        ✨️Preferred✨️age group: 40-80+ year olds females Recommended Registration Contacts - written or audio message via text or WhatsApp, email: 0423 317 001 or 0415 964 113 or [email protected]

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        We look forward to seeing you this afternoon 😀
        We can`t wait to hear all about your COVID-19 lived experiences!

        #afriausileac #storytelling #overvoiceourcommunity #podcast #communitynetworking #communityatheart #aai #multiculturalvictoria

        We look forward to seeing you, your family and friends!
        Let`s share some wisdom on how to keep warmer, safer and well during winter ❄️ 🏔 🌨 ☃️

        #afriausileac #aai #communitynetworking #communityatheart #communityvoices #australia #communitywellbeing

        Empowering diversity, celebrating unity! Join us as we holistically connect diverse senior women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. It`s about embracing identity, amplifying voices, and fostering belonging. Together, we`ll explore fun, health, knowledge, and equity, creating a space where every woman shines. 🌟 👸🏻👸🏼👸🏽👸🏾👸🏿👸🧕🏽🧕🏾🧕🏿🧕🏻

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