Bushfire community recovery and resilience fund

The Bushfire community recovery and resilience fund offers financial support to communities affected by the 2019-20 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.

Approved projects

The map below showcases funded projects of the Bushfire Community Recovery and Resilience Fund. All projects were funded in response to the ongoing local work to support communities affected by the 2019-20 bushfires.


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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