NDRGS (Natural Disaster Resilience Grants Scheme)

Up to $250,000 is available from NDRGS to assist individuals or organisations to prepare, respond and recover from natural disaster and emergency events.

NDRGS (Natural Disaster Resilience Grants Scheme)

Natural Disaster Resilience Grants Scheme (NDRGS)

Grant funding is made available for projects under the Natural Disaster Resilience Grants (NDRGS) is to contribute towards the fulfillment of the National Strategy for Disaster Resilience (NSDR), adopted nationally in 2011.

The purpose of the Scheme is to support projects leading to strengthening community resilience to natural disasters, consistent with State risk profiles, and providing support to emergency management volunteers.



Natural Disaster Resilience Grants Scheme (NDRGS) is a grant program funded by the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department under the National Partnership Agreement on Natural Disaster Resilience (NPA) signed by the Prime Minister and Premier. The Agreement can be viewed on the Federal Financial Relations Website.



Grants of between $10,000 and $250,000 are available under this scheme.


Eligible Projects

This year, the NDRGS funding round will be accepting applications specifically focused on Flood Planning and Mitigation projects.

Applicants are advised to familiarise themselves with the NSDR, as applications should demonstrate a contribution to at least one of the seven key action themes of the Strategy:

  • leading change and coordinating effort
  • understanding risks
  • communicating with and educating people about risks
  • partnering with those who effect change
  • empowering individuals and communities to exercise choice and take responsibility
  • reducing risks in the built environment
  • supporting capabilities for disaster resilience.


Eligible Applicants

Eligible Applicants include:

  • State government departments and agencies, including floodplain management authorities
  • municipal councils
  • volunteer emergency service organisations
  • peak bodies and incorporated associations/organisations with an emergency management purpose, connection or interest
  • research institutions
  • private and non-government organisations, including small business and associated business groups.



Applications close 10 September 2018.


Media Release

Victoria’s resilience to natural disasters will be boosted by $9.1 million in joint Commonwealth and Victorian Government funding.

Minister for Law Enforcement and Cyber Security Angus Taylor, who has responsibility for Commonwealth disaster assistance, said the funding is part of the jointly funded Commonwealth-State National Partnership Agreement (NPA) on Natural Disaster Resilience.

“This agreement allows Victoria to continue to support communities to better minimise the impacts of natural disasters,” Mr Taylor said.

“It also recognises the vital role of emergency management volunteers by providing funding to ensure ongoing training and support is available.”

Victorian Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino said $5.8 million will go towards a range of Emergency Management Victoria preparedness, recovery and resilience projects.

“The remaining $3.3 million targets flood planning and mitigation projects through the Natural Disaster Resilience Grants Scheme with grants of up to $250,000 available,” Mr Merlino said.

“These important programs are led by Victorian agencies, local councils, non-government organisations, volunteer organisations and researchers who help communities to prepare for and respond to natural disasters.”

Applications are welcomed from Victorian state government departments and agencies, including flood-plain management authorities, municipal councils, volunteer and other non-government emergency service organisations, and research institutions.

Applicants are required to contribute one-third of the total project costs either in cash or in kind.

Applications for the Natural Disaster Resilience Grants Scheme are now open, further information can be found at: https://www.emv.vic.gov.au


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