Disaster Risk Reduction Fund - State Risk Reduction Stream
Resilience NSW is administering funds to projects that focus on significant state level initiatives to support the prevention, mitigation and management of disaster risks.
Expressions of Interest closed on 21 March 2022.
- Status: Open, as at 16 February 2022
- Discovery projects – up to $500,000 | Scale projects – up to $2,5 million
- Expressions of interest close 21 March 2022
- Assessment of EOI outcomes completed and applicants notified 4 April 2022
- Full proposal applications open 11 April 2022
- Full proposal applications close 6 May 2022
- Assessment outcomes announced May 2022
- Funding agreements established and first payments made 30 June 2022
- Final date for financial acquittal and project conclusion for Discovery projects by December 2023
- Final date for financial acquittal and project conclusion for Scale projects by 30 June 2024
Funding stream objective
Under two funding pathways, Discovery and Scale, the State Risk Reduction stream aims to reduce or enable the reduction of state-level risks, risks of state significance and systemic risks potentially impacting NSW.
The Discovery Projects pathway offers funding of up to $500,000, for projects that will test and pilot new approaches to achieve breakthrough disaster risk reduction outcomes. The projects must have potential for statewide significance or impact.
The Scale Projects pathway offers funding of up to $2.5 million, for projects that aim to generate a new product, technology, platform or approach that will have statewide impact at a scale beyond piloting or testing.
Who can apply
- NSW Government Clusters
- NSW Government Departments
- NSW Government Agencies
- Other state-owned entities (e.g. statutory authorities and Government Owned Corporations)
- Incorporated not for profit organisations with a state or national footprint
Projects should focus on beneficiaries within the state of NSW, however, may be delivered through a mix of locally based and nationally based resources.
Who can't apply
- Local Councils (the Local and Regional Risk Reduction stream opens in April 2022)
- Unincorporated entities (unless auspiced by an eligible organisation)
- Organisations or businesses that may or will realise a commercial gain from the project
What kinds of projects will we fund under this stream
Projects must focus on significant state level initiatives that
- Address a specific risk of state significance related, for example, to the state’s economy, sensitive ecosystems and/or critical infrastructure
- Contribute to the NSW Government’s understanding of state level risk and/or effective practices in disaster risk reduction
What kind of projects will not be funded under this stream
Projects are ineligible where they:
- Are not demonstrably for the benefit of NSW
- Involve construction of large-scale infrastructure such as flood mitigation works. Note: other types of hard outputs such as new technology or building material may be allowable depending on the project cost
- Do not address a disaster risk, or support disaster risk reduction or prevention
- Attract ongoing costs necessary to sustain the project, without demonstrated capacity or mechanisms to meet ongoing costs such as revenues
- Are of a primarily commercial nature, deriving ongoing revenues for private entities. Exemptions may include where:
- applicants can demonstrate fees and revenues do not inhibit or unreasonably restrict access to the product, such that social or financial inequity may result or be exacerbated
- funds are re-invested in Disaster Risk Reduction programs, tools or services
- the project is undertaken by:
- Not for profit entities
- NSW Government, including groups of NSW Government entities
- Have already commenced or are already complete
- Are requesting funding for the same project or project activities that have previously received funding under the Bushfire Community Recovery and Resilience Fund or Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund
What your funding expression of interest needs to include
Use the expression of interest form
To make an expression of interest (EOI), download the form, complete it and email back to firstname.lastname@example.org
Prior to submitting an EOI you will need to consider:
The expression of interest form is to be used for both the Discovery Project and Scale Project pathways and requires applicants to articulate their proposal early in its development.
The form will ask you to provide applicant name and details, as well as high level proposal information including:
- Which funding pathway the EOI is for
- Project name
- Project location, if applicable
- Estimated total funding amount requested
- Estimated total project cost, including funding or in kind co-contributions
- Estimated timeframes of the project
- What you are proposing to do (what is proposed in the project concept)
- What is the demonstrated need
- How your project aligns to the identified outcomes of the relevant funding pathway
- Who you are planning to partner with, if applicable
- Conflict of Interest declaration
Start your expression of interest
Open and download the State Risk Reduction stream EOI form, complete, and return by email to email@example.com, by 5pm on 21 March 2022.
After your EOI has been submitted
Resilience NSW will check applications for alignment with the eligibility criteria. Officers may contact you to seek clarification or further supporting information.
EOIs meeting eligibility criteria will be shortlisted and assessed by a panel of internal and external assessors.
The assessment panel will advise on applicants invited to put forward a full application proposal.
All applicants will be notified of assessment decisions and progression, in writing, on 4 April 2022.
Applicants who have their EOIs approved will be invited to submit a full proposal via the online grants platform. Instructions will be provided to invited applicants. No additional applications will be allowed at this stage.
Applicants have until 6 May 2022 to submit full proposals.
Assessment of full proposals will be undertaken by a panel of internal and external assessors.
The panel will independently assess full proposals and recommend grants for funding to the Minister for Emergency Services and Resilience.
A conflict-of-interest management plan and project confidentiality requirements will be observed and implemented, and a Probity Adviser has been assigned for this fund.
Concerns regarding the probity or integrity of this fund can be directed to Resilience NSW in the first instance at firstname.lastname@example.org
Applicants will be notified in writing on whether their application has been successful, and approved projects will be announced by May 2022.
When you submit an application to Resilience NSW for funding under the Disaster Risk Reduction Fund, or provide any additional information related to your application, we collect information from this activity. This information may include personal and organisational details such as your full name, phone number, business name and ACN details, email and street address.
Resilience NSW is collecting your personal information to:
- provide you with further information about the Disaster Risk Reduction Fund,
- assess your eligibility to apply for a grant under the Disaster Risk Reduction Fund,
- process and determine your application,
- deliver and administer the grant funding, if you are successful, and
- other directly related purposes.
If you do not provide the information requested in the application, or information requested separately by Resilience NSW in relation to your application, Resilience NSW may be unable to consider or determine your application.
Resilience NSW may use and disclose your personal information to,
- verify the information you provide in support of your application with a public or private authority,
- assess your eligibility for other state and commonwealth government financial support programs,
- partner organisations and other government agencies that may assist in ensuring the grant funding achieves its objectives,
- internal and administrative purposes within Resilience NSW,
- other purposes related to the Disaster Risk Reduction Fund.
If Resilience NSW engages other people to collect, store or use personal information, we will ensure that they comply with the Privacy and Personal Information Act 1998 (NSW).
Resilience NSW will not provide your personal information to a third party for any purpose not already stated in this privacy notice without your consent, unless Resilience NSW is required or authorised to do so (for example, Resilience NSW may disclose your information for law enforcement purposes or to statutory or regulatory bodies as required by law).
Resilience NSW will take reasonable security measures to protect your personal information from loss, unauthorised access, use, modification, disclosure, or other misuse.
You may ask for access to the information we hold about you at any time and request to update, correct or amend your personal information by contacting Resilience NSW at email@example.com.