What is the Bushfire Recovery Grants for Community Facilities?

The Bushfire Recovery Grants for Community Facilities is a grant opportunity to support community groups who want help to build, upgrade or repair important local facilities that everyone can use.

 

Background

The 2019-2020 bushfire season was unprecedented in intensity and devastation. Throughout the summer fires burnt large areas of Victoria, primarily in East Gippsland and North East Victoria. These fires had significant impacts on communities, businesses and the environment.

In January 2020, the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments announced an $86 million Victorian Bushfires Community Recovery Package. This package is joint funded through Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA), which are the Commonwealth-state cost-sharing arrangements for providing financial support for relief and recovery activities resulting from natural disasters and terrorist acts.

 

Funding

Applicants will be able to apply for grants up to $50,000.

 

Eligible Projects

Examples of the types of repairs and improvements to community facilities that could be supported include:

  • Repair a playground, skate park, pavilion or other outdoor facilities that have been damaged or destroyed
  • Repair community hall or building (e.g. kitchen or bathroom upgrades, energy efficiency, general repairs) that have been damaged or destroyed
  • Projects that support community recovery and resilience

 

Eligible Applicants

To be eligible, an organisation must be either:

  • a community, not for profit or Aboriginal organisation that is an incorporated legal entity under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth), or the Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2001 (Vic) or the Corporation (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (Cth)
  • a social enterprise with a clearly stated purpose or mission related specifically to supporting bushfire recovery

And you must have:

  • a current Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • no outstanding final reports or final reports required for any previous government grant programs

We strongly encourage applications from:

  • new and emerging community organisations
  • not for profit community organisations,
  • Aboriginal community-controlled organisations
  • local organisations that are based in bushfire impacted areas

 

Timing

Applications close 30 June 2021.

 

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