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Bushfire community recovery and resilience fund

The Bushfire community recovery and resilience fund is offering financial support to communities affected by the 2019-2020 bushfires.


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Supporting community recovery

Community wellbeing, connectedness, social recovery, and future disaster resilience is a focus for the Bushfire community recovery and resilience fund.

To apply for a grant, Local Government Areas that were disaster-declared during the 2019-20 bushfires can submit a funding application for medium and long-term projects that support community recovery and help build resilience and hope for the future.

The support will be delivered through two funding streams with eligibility criteria for each stream.

Stream 1

Short-term projects for high and moderate socially impacted local government areas that were disaster-declared during the 2019-20 bushfires.

Applications for stream 1 close at midday on Tuesday 27 October 2020.


  • Payments of $250,000 or $100,000 are available to eligible councils. Check the stream 1 eligibility criteria.
  • Applications will be reviewed by Resilience NSW to ensure
    • all required documentation is complete and submitted
    • proposed projects align with funding objectives and compliance requirements outlined in the guideline.
  • Councils will receive written notification confirming
    • the total funding they are eligible for
    • the status of their application.
  • Funding agreements will be drafted as soon as possible and funds distributed as quickly as possible depending on the funding agreement process between Resilience NSW and the receiving council.

Stream 2

Grants for community groups, councils, joint organisations, NGOs, and not-for-profits in the local government areas that were disaster-declared during the 2019-20 bushfires to fund social recovery and preparedness projects.

Applications for stream 2 close at midday on Tuesday 10 November 2020.


  • Applications can be made for funding from $20,000 to $300,000. Check the stream 2 eligibility criteria.
  • Grants will be assessed with a regional focus to maximise the recovery support to communities across local government boundaries.
  • Resilience NSW staff will make an initial eligibility assessment of applications and a Regional panel will assess the applications and make recommendations to Resilience NSW.
  • Assessment and approval expected in late November to early December 2020.
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