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Support for Not-For-Profits Impacted by COVID-19

Before his recent appointment as NSW Premier, Dominic Perrottet put his support behind charitable NFPs facing significant financial setbacks from COVID-19 restrictions.

As the impact of COVID-19 continued to affect the operation of charitable not-for-profit organisations, the need for financial support was growing. As a result, the NSW Government offered a support package which was recently boosted to $330 million.

Registered charities impacted by the COVID Public Health Order will be eligible for funding if:

  • they are registered with the ACNC under one of the following charity subtypes as of 27 August 2021:
    1. ‘advancing social or public welfare’ or
    2. ‘preventing or relieving the suffering of animals’;
  • they have an Australian Business Number (ABN) and were operating in NSW on 1 June 2021;
  • they had an aggregated annual turnover of between $75,000 and $250 million (inclusive) for the year ended 30 June 2020. For registered charities, when calculating aggregated annual turnover, all gifts and government grants received in respect of the relevant income year should be included.
  • they experienced a decline in turnover (including both government grants and gifts) of at least 15% and less than 30% due to the Public Health Order and related directions over a minimum 2-week period commencing 26 June compared to:
    1. the same period in 2019, or
    2. the same period in 2020, or
    3. the 2 weeks immediately prior to any restrictions (12 – 25 June 2021 inclusive);

Registered charities are not eligible for funding if they are receiving COVID-19 support from:

  • the NSW Department of Communities and Justice Social Sector Support Fund (SSSF)
  • Commonwealth-funded Business Continuity Payments (e.g. in the early childhood education and care sector).

Grace Brophy, Solicitor

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