Gurmesh Singh MP


Local groups and not-for-profit organisations which delivered food and care hampers to community members during the 2021 COVID lockdowns can apply to have some of their distribution expenses reimbursed thanks to the Resilience NSW COVID Regional Community Support (CRCS) program.

Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh said not-for-profits and groups can apply to recoup up to $30,000 of costs incurred when distributing these vital supports during lockdown, including fuel, couriers and logistics expenses.

“During the COVID-19 pandemic groups across our region stood up to help their fellow community members with deliveries of vital supplies when they were needed most,” Mr Singh said.

“I want to extend my gratitude to everyone who contributed to these efforts and acknowledge the outstanding community spirit that has carried us through this challenging time.”

Minister for Emergency Services and Resilience Steph Cooke said the NSW Government was committed to supporting community groups and not-for-profits in their important work.

“We know that many community groups had to dip into their own funds to distribute hampers and relief packs to people who needed extra support during last year’s lockdown,” Ms Cooke said.

The CRCS program will be administered by the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR).

FRRR CEO Natalie Egleton said that regional community groups across NSW have worked hard to support their communities through COVID, despite themselves facing funding and operational challenges.

“We have worked closely with Resilience NSW to ensure that the reimbursement application process is straight-forward but if you have any questions just give us a call on 1800 170 020 and our team will be happy to talk you through it,” Ms Egleton said.

Applications close on Tuesday, 1 March. Reimbursed funds will become available in late April.

For more information and to apply, go to: