Bushfire Recovery Local Community Project Grants

What is the Bushfire Recovery Local Community Project Grants?

The Bushfire Recovery Local Community Project Grants is a grant opportunity which aims to fund projects that build a sense of community pride and connectedness in regions impacted by the 2019-20 Eastern Victorian bushfires.



The 2019-2020 bushfire season was unprecedented in intensity and devastation. The fires burnt large areas of Victoria with significant consequences for communities, businesses, and the environment.

The final round of Local Community Projects Grants, funded under the Local Economic Recovery (LER) program, will fund local projects vital for community recovery in bushfire-affected regions. The grants are available for projects that build a sense of community pride and connectedness, supporting the critical role communities play in leading their own recovery.



The key objectives under the LER Local Community Projects Grants (Round 3) are to:

  • increase employment opportunities and decrease skills shortages
  • increase business capacity and economic opportunity with a focus on tourism, primary industries, and small businesses
  • increase visitor confidence in the region
  • improve community wellbeing
  • restore or improve the natural environment
  • increase economic and social benefits by investing in enabling infrastructure
  • promote Aboriginal participation and ownership and protect and enhance Aboriginal culture



A total of $3.8 million is available for Round 3 of the Local Community Projects Grants. Grants between $50,000 and $2 million are available for eligible applicants. The grant amount available to an applicant is dependent on the project type.


Eligible Projects

You are encouraged to use local materials, suppliers, and workers where possible.

Supported projects will:

  • commence within six months of the funding deed being executed by BRV and be completed by 31 December 2023.
  • align with one or more of the following project categories:
    • Enabling infrastructure
    • Industry and business development
    • Social development
    • The natural environment and resource development
    • Built environment and adaptation
    • Aboriginal culture and healing

You can only spend grant funds on eligible expenditures. To be eligible, expenditure must be a direct cost of the project or program. Examples of eligible expenditure include:

  • Salaries and on-costs for personnel directly employed in delivering the project activities such as project managers (this should be calculated on a pro-rata basis relative to their time commitment).
  • Costs you incur to obtain planning, environmental or other regulatory approvals during the project period, however, associated fees paid to the Commonwealth, State, and local government are not eligible.
  • Staff training that directly supports the achievement of project outcomes
  • Contract expenditure, including the cost of any agreed project activities that you contract to others directly relating to the program objectives
  • External labour and external consulting expenditure to cover the cost of contracting others to undertake core elements of the project related to construction and may include architect services, design services, project management, quantity surveying and building services
  • Purchase (or hire /lease) equipment and materials to support eligible project activities such as building materials, ICT cabling, fit-out of the infrastructure, fixed furniture, landscaping
  • Workshops and conferences, including venue hire, catering, and networking costs
  • Community events, including exhibitions and cultural heritage events
  • Building modifications where you own the modified asset and the modification is required to undertake the project
  • Contingency costs up to a maximum of 10 per cent of the eligible project costs
  • Domestic travel to and from the on-ground location is limited to the reasonable cost of accommodation and transportation required to conduct the agreed project activities
  • Administrative support and overheads additional to the normal day-to-day running costs of the organisation, including project management or project coordination
  • Financial auditing of project expenditure.

Alternative project types and activities not listed above may still be eligible, provided they are strongly aligned with the program objectives and effectively address a priority recovery initiative identified by the disaster event affected communities.

If you are unsure about the eligibility of your project activities or have an alternative project type, contact BRV for advice and guidance before you apply.


Eligible Applicants

To be eligible to apply, an organisation must be a legal entity which is either:

  • Incorporated under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth), the Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2001 (Vic), the Corporation (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (Cth), or a similar type of incorporation.
  • Examples include:
    • Committees of Management, incorporated under the Crown Land (Reserves) Act 1978(Vic)
    • an Alpine Resort Management Board or a Local Government Authority (LGA), including LGA managed and regulated trusts
    • a not-for-profit organisation, including community groups that are an incorporated body, cooperative, association or social enterprise
    • business and industry groups, including chambers of commerce and business associations, industry peak bodies, business, and industry networks
    • a research organisation or academic institution.
  • A social enterprise with a clearly stated purpose or mission specifically related to disaster event recovery or provision of services to the affected community is being supported under this funding.

Applicants must also:

  • have a current Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • have no outstanding reports required by any other government grant program
  • deliver the proposed project in an eligible Local Government Area

Applicants that are not incorporated or do not have an ABN may still be eligible to apply if supported by an eligible auspice organisation (provided they meet all other criteria)

  • all registration details provided must match the name of the applicant or auspice organisation
  • applicants must contact BRV to discuss project ideas and seek input from the local Community Recovery Committee (CRC) at least 7 days before applications close

Applicants to previous LER Local Community Projects (Rounds 1–2) are eligible to apply.



Applications close 11 April 2022.


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