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Bushfire community recovery and resilience fund

The Bushfire community recovery and resilience fund offers 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.

The grants target Local Government Areas that were disaster-declared during the 2019-20 bushfires and provide funding for medium and long-term projects that support community recovery and help build resilience and hope for the future.

Stream 1: applications have closed

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 closed on 27 October 2020.


  • Payments of $250,000 or $100,000 are available to eligible councils. 
  • 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: applications have closed

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 closed on Friday 11 December 2020.


  • Funding for projects ranging from $20,000 to $300,000. 
  • 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 February 2021.
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