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Bushfire Industry Recovery Package

This NSW Government funding package will help forestry, horticulture and agriculture industries impacted by the recent bushfires to rebuild, recover, regrow and remain the heartbeat of regional economies.

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Regional NSW relies on agricultural industries to sustain employment and economic activity. This funding package provides the direct assistance many businesses need to recover from devastating losses due to the fires, in turn helping their wider, related industries to remain viable.

The Bushfire Industry Recovery Package offers two funding streams – Sector Development Grants and Supply Chain Support Grants. Both streams will facilitate the immediate, medium and long-term rebuilding of regional NSW’s agricultural industries by:

  • helping producers to re-establish and support functional supply chains
  • creating and retaining jobs
  • strengthening local supply chains
  • increasing value-add production and diversification.

Supply chain support grants

This funding stream supports the short-term recovery and resilience of the forestry, horticulture and agriculture industries in NSW impacted by the bushfires from 31 August 2019. Funding is available for projects to help producers and businesses rebuild and recover in the immediate to short term, underpinning job security and enabling future production.

Guidelines and eligibility

Overarching guidelines are available:

Supply Chain Support Grants Guidelines (PDF, 4.56 MB)


Eligible applicants, projects, costs, grant amounts and other information for individual industry sectors are set out in the industry fact sheets and application forms below.

Key dates

Applications open: 19 May 2020

Applications close: 12 June 2020 (5pm AEST)

Assessment: Rolling as applications are submitted 

Notifications: Within 10 days of submission 

In extenuating circumstances, late applications may be accepted at the sole discretion of the Department of Regional NSW.

Get support for supply chain support grants, including assistance or advice with your application

Access support for Apiculture, Aquaculture, Dairy, Horticulture and Viticulture via www.raa.nsw.gov.aurural.assist@raa.nsw.gov.au or call 1800 678 593.

Access support for Forestry via regionalnsw.business@dpc.nsw.gov.au or call 1300 679 673 for a referral to the appropriate regional team. Department of Regional NSW Business Development Managers are available to support applicants with their applications. 

Sector development grants

This funding stream supports the medium to long-term recovery and resilience of forestry, horticulture and agriculture industries in NSW impacted by the bushfires from 31 August 2019. Funding is available for projects focussing on job creation and that increase value-add production, support supply-chain efficiencies, product diversification and market expansion.

Guidelines and eligibility

Guidelines, including eligibility and assessment criteria are available:

Sector Development Grants Guidelines (PDF, 7.26 MB)

Industries eligible to apply for Sector Development Grants include forestry, horticulture, dairy, aquaculture, viticulture or apiculture producers, and businesses in the close supply or value chain of these industries. The minimum grant per application is $50,000. The maximum grant per application is $10 million.

If you are requesting $5 million or more in grant funding, a Business Case is mandatory. A NSW Government template Business Case is available to assist you with the process.

Eligible applicants should complete an application form and data sheet as outlined below. 

Key dates

Applications open: 19 May 2020 

Applications close: 17 July (5pm AEST)

Assessment: Complete end of August 2020

Announcements: From September 2020

Get support for sector development grants, including assistance or advice with your application

Access support for sector development grants via regionalnsw.business@dpc.nsw.gov.au or call 1300 679 673 for a referral to the appropriate regional team. Department of Regional NSW Business Development Managers are available to support applicants with their applications.

Sector development FAQs

Projects will be assessed against the assessment criteria outlined in the Program Guidelines including the projected benefits and costs and other supporting evidence. An expert panel including representation from industry will assess projects in line with broader objectives of the funding package. Projects may be disaggregated by industry sector, project type, region and other themes for equitable funding distribution.

Yes. Applicants should outline the priority order for each application.

You can claim costs already incurred as your co-contribution to the grant but not as part of the grant funding amount requested.

You should seek your own independent financial and accounting advice regarding tax treatments applicable to your individual proposal(s).

Yes, however, proposals must demonstrate linkages to one of the three industries (forestry, horticulture, agriculture) and to bushfire impacted LGAs.

All information submitted by an applicant may be provided to other organisations for the purposes of eligibility and project proposal appraisal. Summary information about successful project applications will be posted on NSW Government websites unless applicants advise that they do not agree to this. Applicants should identify any information submitted which they wish to be considered as confidential, supported by reasons for the request. Except as disclosed, the Department will keep all information confidential and secure.

A local Business Development Manager will be able to provide information on the program to assist applicants to develop applications.

To find your local Business Development Manager, please email regionalnsw.business@dpc.nsw.gov.au and ask for a referral.

Yes, however the project must be located in NSW and primarily generate NSW jobs.

Additional bushfire help

Other bushfire support measures have been put in place by the NSW and Australian Governments.

For a full list of all available bushfire support, visit Service NSW or call 13 77 88. 

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