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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 grants@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


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. The funding is listed on the Funding Centre here.


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 and applications close on the 18 December, 2020. The funding is listed on the Funding Centre here.

Stream 2 grants supported larger events. Applications closed 8 May 2020.


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.

The package comprises the following:

View the PM's media release here.


Disaster Recovery Allowance

The Disaster Recovery Allowance (DRA) is a short-term income support payment to assist individuals who can demonstrate that their income has been affected as a direct result of a disaster. The DRA is taxable and assists employees, small business and farmers who experience a loss of income as a direct result of a major disaster.

You might be eligible for a maximum of 13 weeks payment from the date you have or will have a loss of income as a direct result of a disaster. The Prime Minister or Cabinet may also decide to provide a similar payment to New Zealand Special Category visa holders who have been affected by declared major disasters.

For further information regarding DRA and eligibility requirements visit Services Australia.


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 Emergency grants

Grants of up to $5,000 are available to people whose primary place of residence has been destroyed or rendered uninhabitable because of a bushfire since 1 July 2019. They are open across Australia.

Applications close 31 December 2020. The funding is listed on the Funding Centre here.


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.


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.

NAB business and agribusiness customers wishing to access the grants should call NAB’s dedicated team on 1300 023 429. Applications are open on an ongoing basis. The funding is listed on the Funding Centre here.


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.


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.


Salvation Army Bushfire Recovery Grant Program

The Salvation Army has the following grants available to assist people impacted by the 2019-20 bushfires:

  1. Hardship recovery grants assistance to individuals and families experiencing ongoing extreme hardship as a result of the bushfires disaster.
  2. Loss of residence grants provide assistance to individuals and families in bushfire impacted areas whose primary place of residence (owned or leased) has been destroyed or rendered uninhabitable due to the 2019-2020 bushfires.
  3. Total residence loss household good grants are for individuals and families whose principal place of residence (owned or leased) has been destroyed or made uninhabitable due to the 2019-2020 bushfires. This grant is provided to help replace furnishings and other household items and will be available once re-build has commenced or a new permanent premise acquired.

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 Bushfire Rebuild Grant

The Reece Grant will be directing all funds raised until 30 June 2020 to projects dedicated to Bushfire Rebuild projects. 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.

As of July 2020, Reece are once again considering Local and Abroad projects in line with their purpose. Bushfire Rebuild projects can still be submitted under the local stream, however, these will be reviewed in line with other submissions and the project criteria within the terms and conditions.

Applications are ongoing. The funding is listed on the Funding Centre here.

Read about the Reece Grant Bushfire’s project updates here.

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 encourages customers who have been affected by the bushfires to contact them to discuss the options they can provide to help. A range of assistance can be provided for:

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

Visit the Powershop website for more information.


Support for Vodaphone customers facing financial hardship

If you believe your may be facing financial hardship, complete a Financial Hardship Application Form and send the form by email to financial.hardship@vodafone.com.au or you can complete their Financial hardship online form.


New South Wales


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


Service NSW Disaster Assistance Finder

For information on the bushfire relief available to you as a NSW resident following the 2019 and 2020 bushfires visit the Service NSW guide.


Small business bushfire support grant

Service NSW is administering these grants to support small businesses (including primary producers) significantly affected by the 2019-2020 bushfire disaster. $10,000 grants are provided to support eligible small businesses to recover from the bushfires and rebuild resilient businesses. Applications are ongoing. The funding is listed on the Funding Centre here.


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.

To find out if you are eligible view the LGAs affected and the Guidelines on the NSW Rural Assistance Authority website. Applications close 15 December 2020.


Bushfire Recovery Grant

If you're a small business or not-for-profit organisation that has suffered direct damage to premises or equipment as a result of the NSW 2019–2020 bushfire event (beginning in August 2019), you may be eligible for a bushfire recovery grant.

The bushfire recovery grant of up to $50,000 is to help pay for costs associated with the clean-up and reinstatement of a small business or non-profit organisation's operations.

Applications are ongoing. The funding is listed on the Funding Centre here: Not-for-profit organisation stream | Small business stream.


Disaster relief for individuals

Resilience NSW administers financial assistance where an individual or family lives in a Local Government Areas that has been included in a natural disaster declaration. The support may be claimed if:

For help phone the Resilience NSW Disaster Welfare Assistance Line on 1800 018 444.


Bushfire Community Recovery and Resilience Fund (BCRRF) Stream 2

Grants are available of being $20,000 - $300,000 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 close 11 December 2020. The funding is listed on the Funding Centre 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:

Applications are ongoing. The funding is listed on the Funding Centre here.


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.


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


Emergency Bushfire Primary Industry Grants

Grants of up to $75,000 are available to eligible primary producers directly impacted by the Victorian Bushfires to help pay for the cost of clean-up and other emergency measures including disposing of dead stock, and rebuilding or replacing damaged or destroyed on-farm infrastructure.

The support is available to bushfire affected primary producers in the local government areas of Ararat, Alpine, Ballarat, Campaspe, East Gippsland, Glenelg, Golden Plains, Greater Bendigo, Indigo, Mansfield, Moyne, Northern Grampians, Pyrenees, Southern Grampians, Strathbogie, Towong, Wangaratta, Wellington and Wodonga, and the alpine areas of Falls Creek, Mount Buller, Mount Hotham and Mount Stirling. Applications close 31 December 2020. The funding is listed on the Funding Centre here.


Rural Finance Small Business Bushfire Support Grant

Small Business Bushfire Support Grants of $10,000 will support small businesses (including primary producers) who have experienced a significant loss of income due to the Victorian bushfires that commenced 21 November 2019. These grants are provided to support eligible small businesses to recover from the bushfires and rebuild resilient businesses. Applications have been extended to 31 December 2020. The funding is listed on the Funding Centre here.


Bushfire Recovery Victoria (BRV) Bushfire Recovery Grants for Community Facilities

Bushfire Recovery Grants for Community Facilities have been established to support local organisations to repair and improve damaged or destroyed community facilities in fire affected communities. Community groups and social enterprises will be able to apply for grants up to $50,000. Applications close 30 June 2021. The funding is listed on the Funding Centre here.


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 Student Emergency Grant

If you're in financial hardship and need immediate support, you may be eligible for the Emergency Grant payment of up to $500. This grant is for students whose financial situation is affecting their ability to continue their studies and are in need of urgent and immediate aid. The money is to help you to meet essential needs such as accommodation, food or technology, so you can continue your studies.

The funding is listed on the Funding Centre 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.


Small Business Bushfire Support Grants - VIC

Small Business Bushfire Support Grants of up to $10,000 are to support small businesses (including primary producers) who have experienced a significant loss of income due to the Victorian bushfires that commenced 21 November 2019. Applications close 31 December 2020. The funding is listed on the Funding Centre here.


Victorian Bushfires Concessional Loans

Concessional Loans of up to $500,000 are available to assist those entities which have suffered significant damage to their assets and/or significant loss of income. The loans are intended to be used for the purposes of restoring and/or replacing damaged assets and/or to meet working capital expenses. Applications close 31 December 2020. The funding is listed on the Funding Centre here.


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.



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

Grants of up to $50,000 are available 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 that have suffered direct damage as a result of bushfires.

Applications close 31 December 2020. The funding is listed on the Funding Centre here: Non-profit grants | Small business grants.


Bushfire Recovery Grants for LGAs and CSOs

Grants of up to $500,000 for councils and community service organisations to support community recovery, redevelopment and resilience after the bushfires, and to build capacity and preparedness for the future. Applications close 31 December 2020. The funding is listed on the Funding Centre here.



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.


South Australia

Loss of Income Small Business Support Grant

$10,000 grants are available for small businesses (including primary producers) significantly affected by the 2019-2020 bushfire disaster events to support recovery from the bushfires and rebuild resilient businesses. Applications close 31 December 2020. The funding is being provided by the Department for Innovation and Skills and is listed on the Funding Centre here.


Emergency Bushfire Response Grants: Not-for-profit Organisations

The Emergency Bushfire Response for Non-profit Organisation Grants are for not-for-profit organisations for costs of clean-up and reinstatement from direct damage as a result of the 2019-20 bushfire disaster events.

The maximum grant amount for clean-up and reinstatement amount is $50,000. Applications are ongoing. The funding is listed on the Funding Centre here.


Re-establishment Grants

Up to $20,000 to help people who are uninsured, and whose principal residence (home) has been damaged by bushfire, to repair bushfire-damaged homes or replace essential household items. Find out more:


Small Business Bushfire Recovery Grant

Financial assistance of up to $50,000 is available to bushfire-impacted small businesses in Cudlee Creek and Kangaroo Island for costs associated with clean-up, restoration and rebuilding. Applications are ongoing. The funding is listed on the Funding Centre here.


Emergency Response in Primary Industries Grant (Primary Producers)

The Emergency Bushfire Response in Primary Industries Grants provides grants of up to $75,000 to primary producers to help pay for costs of clean-up and other emergency measures including disposing of dead stock, and rebuilding or replacing damaged or destroyed on-farm infrastructure. Applications close 31 December 2020. The funding is listed on the Funding Centre here.


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

Communities@Work support and relief after bushfires

Communities@Work have been allocated funding to help those affected by the 2019-20 bushfires in the ACT, NSW or VIC. If you are currently in the ACT, have been affected by bushfires (ACT, NSW or VIC), and are experiencing hardship, Communities@Work can help.

Communities@Work encourages you to get in contact if you're unsure of eligibility to discuss your situation. Fill a form on commsatwork.org/get-in-touch to register your interest in receiving this support. The funding is listed on the Funding Centre here.


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".