Bushfire Recovery Grants for LGAs and CSOs

What is the Bushfire Recovery Grants for LGAs and CSOs?

The Bushfire Recovery Grants for LGAs (Local Government Authorities) and CSOs (Community Service Organisations) is a program established to assist bushfire affected communities with their medium to long term recovery by providing funding to deliver projects and undertake activities aimed at community recovery, community development, community resilience and capacity building for the future.



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.

The Bushfire Recovery Grants for Local Government Authorities and Community Service Organisations will help councils, charities and community organisations support recovery, redevelopment and resilience after the 2019/20 Victorian Bushfires, and to build capacity and preparedness for the future.



Applicants will be able to apply for grants up to $500,000.


Eligible Projects

Examples of the types of project and activities include:

  • Employment of a community recovery or development officer to enhance direct service delivery to bushfire affected communities
  • Delivery of recovery activities and services, such as those for affected young people, the elderly or multicultural communities
  • Activities and measures that build community resilience in future disasters
  • Economic development initiatives, such as local business capacity building

Grants cannot be used for:

  • Offsetting of salaries, operating costs for existing staff or contractors
  • Feasibility studies, business plans, cost benefit analysis and economic impact studies
  • Projects that may have a negative impact on existing businesses / services
  • Passing on funding to a third party in the form of a sponsorship or grant
  • Retrospective funding for projects that have commenced activity or construction or are completed before the funding is approved
  • The purchase or land or buildings
  • The cost of works or activities covered by insurance


Eligible Applicants

To be eligible for the Bushfire Recovery Grants for LGAs and CSOs, an organisation must be either:

  • a Local Government Authority (LGAs), including LGA managed, operated, administered and regulated trusts
  • a community service organisation (association, cooperative or not-for-profit) operating in Victoria 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)

And you must have:

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

The program strongly encourage applications from:

  • new and emerging social enterprises
  • aboriginal community-controlled organisations



Applications close 31 December 2021.


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