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Grants for bushfire relief


The following grants may be relevant to those affected by the current bushfires occurring across Australia. We've brought them out from behind our membership pay-wall so that as many groups and individuals as possible have access to the information.

If you have questions about each particular grant, make sure you contact the grant provider.

If you're aware of a grant that isn't currently displayed on this page, please contact service@ourcommunity.com.au

Rod Brooks, General Manager at Wendy Brooks & Partners has some advice for not-for-profit organisations in the wake of reports that the outpouring of generosity from across the globe has challenged many organisations. He says that "not-for-profits need to start thinking carefully now about how they respond both in the short and medium term to these extreme circumstances." Read more here.




National

Back to School (BTS) Bushfire Response - FRRR

The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) is conducting a special Bushfire Response round of the Back to School program to assist students in rural bushfire-affected communities replace or renew items required for school, such as winter uniforms, shoes and school supplies.

In partnership with local community groups, $50 gift vouchers will be provided to families in fire-affected areas.

Applications close March 31. Visit the website for more information and to apply.


St George Foundation Bushfire Assistance Grant

St George Foundation, the Bank of Melbourne Foundation and BankSA Foundation have teamed up to provide support to communities who have experienced devastating losses as a result of Australia's 2019/20 bushfire emergency.

Eligible organisations in Australia are encouraged to apply for funding of between $20,000 - $50,000 to invest in projects that aid in long-term recovery efforts for bushfire-affected community organisations. The total funding available is $500,000.

Applications will be open until 31st December 2020 or until funds are exhausted; whichever occurs first.

For more information visit the St George Foundation website.


Confident Girls Foundation Bushfire Relief Grant

Netball and community organisations across Australia directly affected by the 2019-2020 bushfire disaster events may be eligible to receive bushfire recovery grants from the Confident Girls Foundation Bushfire Recovery Fund.

There will be two tiers of grants available, providing small grants up to $1,500 and larger grants up to $10,000. The application process is designed to be flexible to support a range of needs, however the Foundation anticipates that initial needs are likely to focus on infrastructure, purchasing equipment, covering the costs of registrations and fees for participants, holding clinics and special community events and supplying uniforms.

Visit the website for more information, or apply now using SmartyGrants.

Applications close 3 April, 2020.


Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery Grants

The Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery Grants program will have two funding streams which, together, will support events, concerts, festivals and visitor attractions in fire affected regions to assist with recovery efforts and encourage international and domestic visitors to come back to the regions.

Stream 1 grants are for up to $30,000 per applicant.

Stream 2 grants will support larger events. The maximum funding amount is not disclosed.

Applications close on 20 March 2020 for Stream 1 and 20 November 2020 for Stream 2.

For more information, visit the Austrade website.


RSL Foundation Bushfire Relief Grant

Veterans impacted by the recent catastrophic bushfires may be eligible for relief funding of up to $10,000 from the RSL Foundation to go towards rebuilding or replacing their possessions.

For more information and to apply, visit the RSL Foundation website.


Bushfire support package for small businesses

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced that immediate relief for small businesses impacted by bushfires.

The package encompasses grant funding, concessional loans, tax relief, a dedicated and single contact point to help access the support that is available, and financial counselling services that are targeted to help small and family business owners deal with the emotional and financial challenges they face.

Grants: Top-up grants to eligible small businesses and non-profit organisations will be available under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.

This program is uncapped and means that businesses and organisations that have sustained damage as a result of the fires can access up to $50,000 in grant funding (tax free).

Concessional loans: Loans of up to $500,000 will be offered for businesses that have suffered significant asset loss or a significant loss of revenue. The loan would be for up to 10 years and used for the purposes of restoring or replacing damaged assets and for working capital.

The loans will be available with a repayment holiday of up to two years, with no interest accruing during this period. The subsequent interest rate would be set at 50 per cent of the ten-year Commonwealth government bond rate (currently around 0.6%).

Financial Support Line: The Government has pledged to establish the Small Business Bushfire Financial Support Line to provide information on the assistance and support available to small businesses in bushfire affected regions. You can contact them on 13 28 46 for assistance.

View the PM's media release here. More information will be posted here when it becomes available.


Tourism recovery package

The Government has pledged $76 million towards a tourism recovery package to protect jobs, small businesses and local economies affected by the bushfires.

The Government's initial tourism recovery package includes $20 million for a nationally coordinated domestic marketing initiative and $25 million for a global marketing campaign to drive international visitation.

A further $10 million will be provided for a regional tourism events initiative across bushfire affected areas, $9.5 million for an international media and travel trade hosting initiative, $6.5 million to support tourism business' attendance at the largest annual tourism trade event, the Australian Tourism Exchange, and $5 million for our diplomatic network to educate that our tourism, international education and export sectors are open for business.

View the press release here. More information will be posted here as it becomes available.


Disaster Recovery Allowance

The Department of Human Services is providing support for people who have lost income as a direct result of the bushfires in New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania, South Australia, the Australian Capital Territory and Victoria through the Disaster Recovery Allowance.

Disaster Recovery Allowance is a short term payment to help you if a declared disaster directly affects your income. You can get it for a maximum of 13 weeks. It’s payable from the date you lose income as a direct result of the bushfires.

The maximum payment rate is the equivalent of Newstart or Youth Allowance, based on your circumstances. Your rate of payment will be affected by your income prior to and following the disaster.

Visit the Department of Human Services' website for information relevant to your location.


Disaster Recovery Payment

The Department of Human Services is providing support for people adversely affected by the bushfires in New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria through the Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment.

The Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment is a one-off payment to help you if a declared disaster significantly affects you. It’s not for minor damage or inconvenience.

You can choose to get this payment in 2 instalments if you prefer. If you’re eligible you will get:

Visit the Department of Human Services' website for information relevant to your location.


Red Cross immediate assistance grants

Emergency grant: A $20,000 payment to support people whose primary place of residence was destroyed. Apply here.

Injury grant: A $7,500 payment for people who have spent two days or more in hospital as a result of physical injuries or mental health issues as a direct result of bushfires from July 2019. Apply here.

Primary residence repair grant: A $5,000 payment for home owners whose homes have been structurally damaged and require repair to make them safe to live in. Apply here.

Applications close 30 April 2020.


Bushfire Recovery Access Program

The Department of Health is funding free counselling and additional mental health support for individuals, families and emergency services workers affected by the bushfires.

Key points:

Visit the Department of Health website for more information, or call the Public Health Information Hotline on 1800 004 599.


Emergency bushfire support for primary producers

The Australian Government has committed $100 million in emergency grants for primary producers.

Up to $75,000 is available to farmers, fishers and foresters. This is to cover costs for immediate and emergency needs not covered by existing insurance policies.

Details will be provided soon about how to apply.

Visit the Department of Agriculture website for more information, or call 1800 900 090.

Applications close 31 July 2020.


NAB Disaster Relief fund

NAB is providing grants of $2,000 to customers who have lost their homes to bushfire, to help cover costs such as temporary accommodation, food and clothing. They are also providing support for NAB business and agribusiness customers directly impacted by bushfires to help restart or reopen and cover the cost of damaged property, equipment, fencing – and for loss of stock or livestock.

For information on how to access the grants contact the NAB Assist team on the dedicated number 1300 683 106 (8am-8pm Monday to Friday; and 9am-1pm Saturday AEST/AEDT).

NAB business and agribusiness customer wishing to access the grants should call NAB’s dedicated team on 1300 023 429

More information is available on the NAB website.


Westpac Bushfire Fund, Bushfire Recovery Support Package

Westpac Group has established a $1.5 million Bushfire Fund, which will include $500,000 in grants to immediately support customers and employees whose properties have been destroyed or damaged. Grants of up to $2000 can be accessed to help cover temporary accommodation, food and clothing.

Those requiring assistance or support should contact their local branch, Relationship Manager or call the Westpac Assist team on 1800 067 497 to discuss their circumstances. View the press release for more information.

Additional support has been allocated for Westpac mortgage customers who have lost their principal place of residence due to the bushfires. Westpac will pay the customer’s mortgage repayments for one year (up to $1,200 per month). Westpac’s Bushfire Recovery Support Package also supports a range of measures for retail and business customers, as well as affected communities. More information available here.

For information on Westpac's Disaster Relief Package, visit this link.


CommBank Bushfire Recovery Grants

Up to $50,000 grants available to assist the longer term recovery of organisations directly affected by the bushfires.

Community organisations, fire services, schools, sporting clubs and non-government organisations in a bushfire affected area are eligible to apply.

Applications close 30 June 2020. More information is available here.


ANZ Bushfire Relief Package

ANZ is providing a bushfire relief package for customers affected by bushfires across the nation.

ANZ customers affected by bushfires in a disaster-declared area are encouraged to visit their local branch if they are able, or to contact their relationship manager to discuss the impact on their business or personal circumstances. Customers can also contact ANZ’s dedicated financial hardship team on 1800 149 549 or anz.com/hardship.

View the press release here for more information.


Bank First Bushfire Assistance Package

Bank First have a financial assistance package to support customers experiencing hardship.

Support is available based on your needs and includes: interest-free loans of up to $5000; the ability to defer loan and credit card repayments; credit card customers can apply for an emergency credit card limit increase; waiver of interest rate reduction for term deposit withdrawals prior to maturity; waiver of other fees and charges that are derived as a result of the bushfires.

Customers with home and contents insured through CGU can also apply for emergency funds and temporary accommodation costs.

The Bank First Community Fund will provide donations of up to $10,000 to help Victorian schools and preschools rebuild.

Call their Customer Care team on 03 9834 8530 to find out more and discuss your needs or visit their Financial Hardship page.


Bank Australia Bushfire Assistance

Bank Australia is concerned for the safety and wellbeing of the people and communities affected by the bushfire crisis currently affecting many areas of Australia. They encourage any Bank Australia customer affected by the bushfires to get in touch to discuss their situation and the assistance that can be provided.

Support options may include:

Customers who need help can call 132 888 Monday to Friday 8am-8pm and Saturday 9am-2pm (AEDST). If you are insured by Allianz Insurance, support is available to customers 24/7 by calling 1300 555 030.

Visit the website for more information.


OAKS Bushfire Support Offer

Oaks Hotels, Resorts & Suites have announced that selected properties nationwide will offer complimentary rooms for up to seven days for those who have lost their homes.

Eligible applicants are entitled to seven nights free accommodation across any Australian property of Minor Hotels, subject to blockout periods which will be notified upon enquiry. Participating properties are located in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia.

More information available here.


Salvation Army Bushfire Recovery Grant

Salvation Army offers financial assistance, emotional wellbeing and support services and information, referrals and advice for people who have been impacted by bushfires.

They also offer three streams of grants through the Bushfire Recovery Grant program. Hardship recovery grants assist individuals and families experiencing hardship as a result of the bushfires. Significant-loss grants assist those in impacted areas who has lost essential services, spent significant time evacuated from their primary residence or who have suffered significant property damage. Total loss of residence grants are for those people whose primary residence has been destroyed or been made unlivable.

To apply for a grant or if you have further questions, please call their bushfire disaster team on 1300 662 217 or email sal.disasters@salvationarmy.org.au


Reece Grant - Bushfire Rebuild projects

The Reece Grant will be directing all funds raised until 30 June 2020 to projects dedicated to Bushfire Rebuild projects. The Reece Group have kick-started this fund with $150,000.

If you, or a tradesperson you know is involved in a project to help rebuild in a community that has been affected by the Australian bushfires, you may be eligible to apply.

More information available here.


Bushfire Emergency Response Grant to Assist Indigenous Australians

The Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation (ILSC) has established an emergency response grant for any Indigenous corporation whose property has been directly affected by the recent bushfires. A grant of up to $20,000 will be available to assist Indigenous corporations to immediately secure and clean up damaged properties.

The ILSC will also make available a grant to assist Indigenous land management groups and contractors assisting recovery efforts with equipment.

Indigenous corporations who have been directly impacted by the current bushfire emergency and are seeking assistance should contact the ILSC on 1800 818 490 or EDOAdmin@ilcorp.gov.au.


Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) Bushfire Crisis Support

To assist its business finance and home loan customers directly impacted by the current bushfires through the loss of property or compulsory evacuation, IBA has established a Bushfire Crisis Fund that will provide the following support:

Customers who have either lost property or been evacuated from their homes are encouraged to contact IBA on 1800 064 800 to discuss how they can assist you at this time.


Powershop customer support

Electricity provider Powershop is providing support for customers who have lost their homes, been impacted by the bushfires, and who are volunteer firefighters and SES volunteers.

For customers who have lost their homes, Powershop will place all bills on hold until further notice, offer a range of account payment help options, access to their bushfire relief offer and cover any fees associated with connecting energy at new or temporary accommodation.

Customers who are volunteer firefighters and SES volunteers are eligible for a one-off saving of $100 to your Powershop electricity account. If you are a registered volunteer firefighter or SES volunteer please share your volunteer ID number with Powershop to receive the voucher.

Contact Powershop on 1800 462 668 or info@powershop.com.au

Visit the Powershop website for more information.


University of Sydney Disaster Relief Bursary

USYD students who have been directly affected by the recent bushfires and require financial support are encouraged to apply for the University of Sydney Disaster Relief Bursary. The value of the bursary is up to $1000 and is a one-off payment.

You are eligible to apply for the bursary if you:

Visit the website for more information.


Optus Green Shoots grants program for small business

Optus will support the regrowth of regional Australia with a program to help to re-establish connectivity in bushfire affected areas and support affected small businesses. 2,000 grants will be available through the program and will include:

Applications close 31 March 2020. Visit the website for more information.


Free Vodaphone mobile services for frontline volunteers

If you are a Vodafone customer and are also a volunteer firefighter, State SES volunteer, wildlife rescue volunteer or St John Ambulance volunteer, Vodaphone will provide you with 2 months credit on your mobile service to recognise your extraordinary contribution.

Customers on a plan: If you are a customer on a plan, you can apply for a credit for the value of your monthly access fee from your December 2019 and January 2020 Vodafone bill. For example, if you are a customer on a $40 a month plan, Vodaphone will credit your account with $80.

For prepaid customers: If you are a prepaid customer, you can apply for a credit equivalent to twice the value of your last recharge, so if your last prepaid recharge was $30, Vodaphone will credit you with $60 which will remain valid for 12 months.

To check eligibility and have a credit applied, please call 1300 650 410 or visit a local Vodafone store before 31 March 2020.


Budget Direct Bushfire Recovery Fund

Budget Direct's Bushfire Recovery Fund is helping with the long term recovery of communities affected by the bushfires by inviting community groups to apply for grants of up to $20,000.

The grants are intended to help these groups repair or replace damaged or destroyed facilities and/or equipment that aren’t covered by insurance.

Community organisation such as volunteer fire services, schools, sporting clubs, non-government organisations and not-for-profit childcare centres that have facilities and/or equipment that were lost or damaged in the bushfire during the 2019-20 bushfire season and are not covered by insurance are eligible to apply.

Applications are now open and close at midnight AEST, 31st March 2020

Visit the website for more information and to apply.



New South Wales

The Age has compiled a helpful explainer about the different types of financial assistance available in NSW. Check it out here.


Coordinare Bushfire Recovery grants

COORDINARE - the South Eastern NSW Primary Health Network, is inviting local organisations in bushfire affected communities to apply for funding for community activities that aim to strengthen social connectedness, emotional wellbeing and assist communities to recover and heal from the recent bushfires. Organisations and community groups based in the following areas are eligible to apply:

Grants of up to $10,000 are available under the new Commonwealth funded Supporting Communities in Recovery program to fund grassroots community-focused health and wellbeing initiatives.

There are two tiers of grants available:

For more information on the Supporting Communities in Recovery grants, visit the Coordinare website.


Micro Event Fund – NSW Government / Destination NSW

The Micro Event Fund is a new stream of The Regional Event fund developed as part of NSW's 2019-20 bushfire and drought recovery program.

The fund supports the delivery of smaller community-based events with limited expenditure budgets in regional NSW areas impacted by drought or the recent bushfire activity.

The fund supports events that demonstrate an ability to engage and harmonise their local community, build destination appeal, attract visitors from outside the region and stimulate the local economy.

One-off grants of $10,000 are available. Applications close 25 March 2020.

For more information, visit the Destination NSW website.


Rural Assistance Authority Disaster Recovery Grants

Disaster recovery grants of up to $75,000 are now available to primary producers in LGAs affected by the NSW bushfires that have occured from 31 August 2019.

Service NSW is taking applications for the recently announced NSW Small Business and Non-Profit Organisation Grant of up to $50,000. This new grant replaces the previous $15,000 disaster recovery grant for small business which was administered by the RAA. If you have already applied for the $15,000 grant, your application will be assessed as a priority and you can apply for additional funding (up to a total of $50,000, to cover expenses not already claimed) under the new grant. Please visit the Service NSW website.

To find out if you are eligible view the LGAs affected and the Guidelines on the NSW Rural Assistance Authority website.

Applications close 31 July 2020.


NSW Government Disaster Relief Grants

NSW Government Disaster Relief Grants are available for eligible individuals and families whose homes and essential household contents have been damaged or destroyed by a natural disaster.

Contact the Bushfire Customer Care Service on 13 77 88, the Disaster Welfare Assistance Line on 1800 018 444 for more information, or visit the website here.

Wildlife Heroes Bushfire Emergency Fund

Up to $100,000 is available through the Wildlife Heroes Bushfire Emergency Fund 2019 grant program, with NSW licensed wildlife volunteer groups able to apply for up to $10,000 and independent wildlife license holders $1,000.

More information available here.

Applications close 31 March 2020.

Volunteer Firefighter Payment

The Volunteer Firefighter Payment is for eligible volunteer firefighters who are self-employed or employed by small and medium businesses, and have lost income due to being called out for more than 10 days since 1 July 2019.

Payments of up to $300 per day, with a total cap of $6000, will be available in the 2019–2020 financial year. The payments are tax-free and not means-tested.

More information available here.


Disaster relief loans - Small business

The Rural Assistance Authority supports small businesses who have been directly affected by a declared natural disaster including floods, fires or storm damage with low interest loans of up to $130,000.

This low interest rate loan can help a small business:

Visit the website for more information.


Bushfire Clean-Up Program

The Bushfire Clean-up Program provides free of charge clean-up assistance for New South Wales residences and businesses impacted by the 2019/20 bushfires. The program provides removal and clean-up of all dangerous debris, including asbestos, hazardous trees and concrete slab foundations. You can find out more about eligibility and how to apply at Bushfire Clean-up Program.


Natural Disaster Duty Relief

If your motor vehicle was written off in a declared natural disaster the NSW government may be able to refund any motor vehicle duty you pay on a replacement vehicle.

The NSW government may also be able to:

Visit the website for more information.


Drought Stimulus – Country Show Sponsorship Packages

The NSW Government’s $170 million Drought Stimulus Package aims to mitigate the employment and income impacts of the current drought in regional NSW by delivering economic stimulus. Funding is now available to support the costs of organising and running country shows in drought and bushfire impacted areas of regional NSW.

A sponsorship package of up to $5,000 is available for each country show held in 2020. Shows that are combining with other shows from the surrounding area may be granted a higher amount if requested. The objective of this package is to deliver economic stimulus and boost the liveability of communities in drought and bushfire affected areas.

Visit the website for more information or apply online here.


Disaster Recovery Assistance – St Vincent De Paul Society

St Vincent De Paul Society are using 100% of donations received to:

To enquire about this assistance call 13 18 12


National Disaster Transport Subsidy

The Rural Assistance Authority have issued a natural disaster assistance transport subsidy, which is available to eligible farmers who are affected by a declared natural disaster event. This subsidy pays for the cost of transporting:

Subsidies of up to 50% of the total freight costs to a maximum of $15,000 per farm enterprise per financial year are available.

For information regarding eligibility, see the RAA website here.



Victoria

Bushfire Recovery Round of Regional Events Fund

In January 2020, the Victorian Government announced a Bushfire Recovery Round of Regional Events Fund to help kickstart the recovery of regions affected by the summer’s devastating bushfires. The maximum amount of funding available to events is $20,000.

Events must take place within the following local government areas: Ararat, Alpine, Ballarat, East Gippsland, Glenelg, Golden Plains, Greater Bendigo, Indigo, Mansfield, Moyne, Northern Grampians, Pyrenees, Southern Grampians, Strathbogie, Towong, Wangaratta, Wellington and Wodonga and the Alpine Resorts of Mount Buller, Mount Hotham, Mount Stirling and Falls Creek.

Events that commence after 30 June 2021 will not be considered for funding. Applications close 27 March 2020.

For more information visit the Visit Victoria website.


Personal Hardship Assistance Program

If you have been affected by a natural disaster or single house fire and you are experiencing financial hardship, you may be eligible for an emergency relief and/or emergency re-establishment payments.

Emergency relief assistance may be available for up to 7 days after the emergency event. A one-off payment is provided to help meet immediate needs, including emergency food, shelter, clothing, medication and accommodation.

Payments of up to $560 per adult and $280 per child (up to a maximum of $1960 per eligible household). To find out if you are eligible, visit a relief centre in the area. Go to https://www.emergency.vic.gov.au/relief/#relief_and_recovery_centres to check which relief centres are open.

Emergency re-establishment assistance will support eligible recipients to re-establish their homes as quickly as possible after a natural disaster. The total maximum emergency re-establishment payment is $42,250 per household (as at December 2019).

Visit the Department of Health and Human Services (VIC) website for more information.


Monash University Bushfire Crisis Student Grant

If you’ve been impacted by the 2019/2020 bushfires, grants of up to $2,000 are available to support you in your studies at Monash.

Money provided through a grant can be used for essential living expenses and such things as laptops (to meet BYOD requirements), course materials or other unexpected expenses.

More information is available here.


Tax Relief And Council Support For Communities

Businesses, families, and individuals whose properties have been destroyed or substantially damaged by bushfires will receive ex-gratia relief for their 2020 land tax assessment. Land tax will be also be waived on eligible properties being used to provide free accommodation for people who need it.

For people who decide not to rebuild in their local community, the Government will provide up to $55,000 in stamp duty relief if they buy a home elsewhere.

For people who lost motor vehicles due to bushfires, they can receive up to $2,100 in ex-gratia relief from the duty on up to two replacement vehicles.

For more information: View the media release here.


Wildlife Rehabilitator Bushfire Grants

A one-off payment of up to $1,000 is available to assist authorised wildlife rehabilitators affected by bushfires occurring in the 2019-2020 fire season, such as the fires of East Gippsland, North East and South West Victoria.

These grants are for the most immediate and basic supplies and services to support your wildlife emergency response. Feed, consumables and veterinary consultations are eligible items.

Applications close 30 April 2020.

For more information visit the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website, call 1300 366 356 or email enviro.grants@delwp.vic.gov.au


Bushfire Recovery Victoria (BRV)

This new permanent and dedicated agency will work directly with local communities impacted by Victoria's devastating bushfires.

The Victorian Bushfires Community Recovery Package will provide $86 million in support to affected areas, including $75,000 for Recovery Grants, $35 million for Community Recovery and Resilience Grants, as well as a Bushfires Case Support program to assist local residents by linking them directly with vital support, such as information and advice, mental health support or financial counselling.

Visit the BRV website for more information.

The Bushfire Clean-up Program covers the demolition and disposal of all buildings destroyed or damaged beyond repair by this season’s bushfires free of charge for eligible property owners. You do not need to be insured to be eligible for this program.

Register your eligibility for the clean-up program here.


Transport subsidies for primary producers

The Victorian Government has today announced transport subsidies of up to $15,000 for primary producers (including apiarists) affected by bushfires across Victoria. Primary producers can claim the subsidy on eligible transport costs that directly address immediate animal welfare needs, including the transport of:

Applications close 31 July 2020.

For more information contact Rural Finance on 1800 260 425 or visit ruralfinance.com.au.


Clean Up and Restoration Grants: Primary Producers

Grants of up to $10,000 are now available to eligible primary producers in the Baw Baw, Cardinia and Latrobe Local Government Areas that have been directly affected by the February / March 2019 bushfire event.

Applicants are encouraged to contact Rural Finance's Bendigo office on 1800 260 425 to discuss their needs.

Visit the Rural Finance website for more information, including guidelines and application form.


Concessional Loans - South East Victoria Bushfires

Concessional interest rate loans are available for eligible primary producers, small businesses and not-forprofit organisations whose properties suffered direct damage as a result of what was known as the South East Victorian Bushfires 2019 (which commenced on 28 February 2019), located in the three local government areas of Baw Baw, Cardinia and Latrobe. The concessional loan can be used to fund the cost of clean-up, recovery and significant loss of income.

Eligible applicants may apply for a loan up to $200,000 for direct damage; and up to $100, 000 for significant loss of income.

This is ongoing funding. Applicants are encouraged to contact Rural Finance's Bendigo office on 1800 260 425 to discuss their needs.

Visit the Rural Finance website for more information, including guidelines and application form.


Victorian Bushfire Appeal

The Victorian Government has partnered with Bendigo Bank and The Salvation Army to establish the Victorian Bushfire Appeal. 100% of donated funds will go directly to communities in need. The Victoria Bushfire Appeal will support those most affected by the bushfire with over $5 million available by providing the following:

For information on how to access payments call Bushfire Recovery Victoria on 1800 560 760 or fill out this form.


Victoria Wildlife Heroes Emergency Fund

The Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife has created the Victoria Wildlife Heroes Emergency Fund to provide funding for Victorian registered wildlife shelters and incorporated bodies supporting wildlife rescue and rehabilitation operating in Victoria. This project will initially assist in funding for emergency response for bushfires and extreme heat events. In this program the maximum grant available is up to $10,000 for shelters and incorporated bodies. It is expected that the average grant will be of the order of $4,500.

For more information, visit the Wildlife Heroes website. To apply for funding, click here.


Bushfire Relief Assistance – VIC roads

If you’ve been affected by the bushfires in one of the declared State of Disaster areas, VicRoads will provide assistance to help with your registration and licensing services.

Visit the VicRoads website for more information.

This offer is available until 1 April 2022.


Tax Relief Measures

The Victorian government is offering a range of tax relief measures for people affected by the 2019/20 bushfires. Tax relief measures, include:

You can find out more about eligibility and how to apply at Bushfire Related Tax Relief Measures.


Bushfire Clean-Up Program – VIC

The Bushfire Clean-up Program provides free of charge clean-up assistance for Victorian residences and businesses impacted by the 2019/20 bushfires. The program provides removal and clean-up of all dangerous debris, including asbestos, hazardous trees and concrete slab foundations.

You can find out more about eligibility and how to apply at Bushfire Clean-up Program.


Emergency Bushfire Response: Small Business and Non-profit Organisation Grants

Business Victoria is offering grants of up to $50,000 to eligible Victorian small businesses and non-profit organisations (NPOs) affected by the Victorian bushfires commencing 21 November 2019.

These grants are intended to help pay for costs of clean-up and reinstatement of eligible small businesses and NPOs that have suffered direct damage as a result of bushfires.

Applications are open until 31 July 2020.

Visit the Business Victoria website for more information and to apply.



Queensland

Emergency Hardship Assistance Program

The Emergency Hardship Assistance Grant is available as a contribution to support people directly impacted by a disaster to meet their immediate essential needs for food, clothing, medical supplies or temporary accommodation.

Applicants may receive $180 per person up to $900 for a family of 5 or more.

For more information, visit the Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors website.


Essential Services Hardship Grant

This grant supports people directly impacted by a disaster to meet their immediate needs where they have experienced loss of one or more essential services for more than 5 days.

Applicants may receive $150 per person, up to $750 for a family of 5 or more.

For more information, visit the Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors website.


Essential Househould Contents Grant

If you are uninsured, or unable to claim insurance, you may be eligible for financial assistance to provide a contribution towards replacing or repairing essential household contents, such as beds, linen and whitegoods, that have been lost or damaged in a disaster.

Grants of up to $1,765 for single adults and up to $5,300 for couples/families are available.

For more information, visit the Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors website.


Structural Assistance Grant

If you’re uninsured, or unable to claim insurance, you may be eligible for a one-off payment as a contribution towards repairs to your home to make it secure and safe.

Grants of up to $10,995 for single adults and up to $14,685 for couples/families are available.

For more information, visit the Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors website.


Essential Services Safety and Reconnection Grant

If you’re uninsured, or unable to claim insurance, you may be eligible for a grant to help you reconnect essential services that were damaged by a disaster.

There are 2 parts to the grant:

  1. Inspection: up to $200 towards a safety inspection for each essential service needing reconnection (electricity, gas, water and sewerage or septic system)
  2. Repair: up to $4200 towards repair work to enable essential services to be reconnected (for example, electrical rewiring).

The Victorian Government has today announced transport subsidies of up to $15,000 for primary producers (including apiarists) affected by bushfires across Victoria. Primary producers can claim the subsidy on eligible transport costs that directly address immediate animal welfare needs, including the transport of:

For more information, visit the Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors website.


Support for QFED Volunteers

The Department of Housing and Public Works' Volunteer Firefighters Compensation Package supports Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) volunteers, who have dedicated considerable personal time to respond to the 2019/2020 bushfires and incurred a financial loss of income as a result.

Eligible volunteers will receive up to $6000 in compensation if they have volunteered to firefight on a fire ground, or provided direct operational support, for more than 10 calendar days between 1 July 2019 and 30 June 2020.

A volunteer may only claim actual lost net (post-tax) income up to $300 per day, with the total claim not exceeding $6000.

Applications close 31 July 2020. More information available here.


South Australia

Re-establishment Grants up to $10,000 for Bushfire Residents

Eligible South Australians who are uninsured and have had their principal residence damaged by bushfires can apply for grants of up to $10,000 to help them re-establish their homes.

The payments can be used for residents of Cudlee Creek, Kangaroo Island, Keilira and Yorketown to help repair bushfire-damaged homes or replace essential household items.

Visit the Department of Human Services (SA) website for more information. Select the relevant location and select the 'Grants and financial assistance' drop-down to find information about the Re-establishment Grants.

Cudlee Creek, Keilira and Yorketown residents can discuss eligibility by visiting or phoning the Assessment Team at the Lobethal Recovery Centre, 1 Lobethal Road. Phone 0418 213 269 during Recovery Centre hours. Kangaroo Island residents should contact the Parndana Recovery Centre, 12 Jubilee Avenue. Phone number 0438 861 215


Small Business Bushfire Recovery Grant

The Department for Innovation and Skills (DIS) may provide grants of up to $10,000 to impacted small businesses and not-for-profit organisations in Cudlee Creek and Kangaroo Island for costs associated with clean-up, restoration and rebuilding.

Visit the website for more information.


Primary Producer Bushfire Recovery Grant

Bushfire-affected primary producers in South Australia can now access a grant to help with the recovery process and getting back to business.

The recovery grant can be used to help with the cost of:

The maximum grant amount for clean-up, reinstatement activities and emergency measures is $75,000.

Applications are open to primary producers in local government areas of:

Visit the website for more information.


SA Wildlife Heroes Emergency Fund

The Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife has created the SA Wildlife Heroes Emergency Fund to provide funding for South Australian registered wildlife shelters and incorporated bodies supporting wildlife rescue and rehabilitation operating in SA. This project will initially assist in funding for emergency response for bushfires and extreme heat events. In this program the maximum grant available is up to $10,000 for shelters and incorporated bodies. It is expected that the average grant will be of the order of $4,500.

This is ongoing funding. For more information, visit the Wildlife Heroes website. To apply for funding, click here.


SA Bushfire Appeal

The South Australian government has launched the SA Bushfire Appeal to raise funds for people directly affected by bushfires in Cudlee Creek and on Kangaroo Island. If you have been directly affected by the fires in Cudlee Creek or on Kangaroo Island, you may be able to receive financial assistance from the SA Bushfire Appeal.

For more information, visit the website.


Western Australia

Department of Fire & Emergency Services financial assistance

There are a range of financial disaster relief measures available to assist individuals and communities recover from a disaster event. Visit the DFES website for more information relevant to your circumstances.


Australian Capital Territory

ANU Support for students

ANU have made additional funding available to students who have been directly affected by the bushfires this summer (2019-2020). Up to $2,000 will be provided to help affected students with upfront expenses, including accommodation, laptops, study materials, personal essentials and travel to and from home.

For advice on the additional support, call 135 268 or email student@anu.edu.au with the subject "Bushfire Support Bursary".