**STOP PRESS – 25 MAY 2020**

Australian borders were closed to all non-residents on 20 March 2020 and social distancing rules were imposed on 21 March 2020.  The Government was in emergency mode to help those in sudden financial hardship. While financial support was provided to many, international students were not qualified for Government assistance because of their residential status.  These international students who are stranded in Australia away from their hometowns, often have lost their casual jobs and are unable to sustain basic living expenses as a result of the pandemic.  Upon hearing this and despite being financial constrained ourselves, ACCF offered to help the international students in this challenging time. Accordingly, “The ACCF COVID-19 Emergency Assistance for International Students” was launched on 29 April 2020, at the peak of the pandemic in Australia.

This project was successfully implemented with the support of our partner community organisations:

  1. Metro Assist,
  2. The NSW Spanish & Latin American Association for Social Assistance Inc.;
  3. Uniting Harris Community Centre;
  4. Counterpoint Multicultural Services;
  5. Advance Diversity Services; and
  6. Australian Indian Sports Educational & Cultural Society Inc.

We are pleased to inform our members, donors, sponsors and stakeholders that this meaningful project successfully concluded on 22 May 2020, helping more than 100 international students from around the world. The diversity of the students was especially important to us to show the community spirit of ACCF.

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We are also especially thankful to the following generous donors, who gave donations in response to the call for support on this project:

  1. Way In Network Australia Inc
  2. Dr Michael T Houang
  3. Queenie Pan
  4. Chi Fan Wong
  5. Ada Wong

As the social distancing rules relax, our lives are slowly returning to normality, it is important to practise good hygiene and follow the new rules for public gatherings, quarantine and isolation.

Thank you all for your support.

**END OF STOP PRESS – 25 MAY 2020**

ACCF operates two funding programmes. Funding guidelines and how to apply can be found below.

Emergency Assistance Funding Programme

Application for Emergency Assistance is available to those in need on the basis of the following categories:

  • Victims of accidents and illness;
  • Special needs

Application for Emergency Assistance must be referred by one of the following:

  • A registered non-profit organisation;
  • A registered charitable organisation;
  • A sub-ordinate committee/group of a registered non-profit /charity organisation

The amount of funding available is up to a maximum of $1,000. This application can be completed at any point in time.

Detailed guideline on the above programmes can be found here

To Apply:  

Click below for our online application form.

Community project funding programme

ACCF offers annual grants of up to a maximum of $7,000 for organisations for one-off projects that benefit the community.  Applications maybe made on the basis of the following categories:

  • Youth
  • Aged
  • Special needs

NEXT OPENING DATE: To be announced in 2021

NEXT CLOSING DATE: To be announced in 2021

Unfortunately, the ACCF Community Project Funding Programme Application for the 2020 funding round has been suspended due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic and recent social distancing legislation.

Thank you for your interest. Please come back to our website again for the 2021 funding round in 2021. Details to be announced later!

Detailed guideline on the above programmes can be found here

To Apply:  

Click below for our online application form.

If you have any inquiries, feel free to contact us.