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Bushfire Industry Recovery Package - Supply Chain Support Grants

The NSW Government has provided funding for 486 Supply Chain Support Grants to support forestry, horticulture and agriculture industries impacted by the 2019/20 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 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 Supply Chain Support Grants form part of the Bushfire Industry Recovery Program (BIRP) and 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.
Industry Total number of projects Total approved funding
Apiculture 73 $4,232,190
Aquaculture 167 $5,833,753
Dairy 76 $20,044,013
Forestry 61 $67,588,000
Horticulture 83 $36,315,058
Viticulture 78 $4,975,007
Total 538 $138,988,021

Guidelines and eligibility

Overarching Supply Chain Support Grants Guidelines (PDF, 4.53 MB) are available.

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.

Applications for Supply Chain Support Grants for all industry sectors apart from haulage are now closed. Haulage industry applications are open until 19 May 2021 or until funding is fully allocated.

Frequently asked questions

The Forestry, Dairy, Apiculture, Horticulture, Viticulture and Aquaculture sectors were specifically targeted in the package following an economic impact assessment that showed these were the most critical sectors to support economic recovery.

The Department of Regional NSW undertook a review of the Regional Economic Development Strategies (REDS) for 22 Functional Economic Regions (FERs) that were most affected by the bushfires to identify economic impacts, ways in which strategic priorities in each REDS have been affected, and key levers and focus areas for economic recovery. 

This resulted in 22 REDS Bushfire Addenda for bushfire affected FERs with revised priorities for economic recovery and development.  The Bushfire Addenda were developed in consultation with local communities, industries and local government to reflect localised needs.

Regional Economic Development Strategies - Bushfire Addenda.

The Supply Chain Support Grants program was a non-competitive application round. All applications were comparatively assessed in accordance with the published criteria for each of the industries.

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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