The NSW Nationals in the federal government have extended applications for Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Program grants in eligible local government areas until 5.00pm Wednesday, October 6, 2021.
The areas include the MidCoast, Port Macquarie-Hastings, and Dungog Shire council areas.
Grants of between $20,000 and $10 million are available to support regions affected by the 2019-20 bushfires and address community recovery and resilience needs.
Federal Nationals Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie strongly encouraged businesses, councils, and community organisations to take advantage of the extended application period.
“There are a lot of local businesses impacted by the 2019 bushfires which may have missed out on other funding support and may have applications ready to go,” Dr Gillespie said.
“I’m very willing to support all worthy applications, so please reach out for assistance. This is a great opportunity for our businesses to receive an extra financial leg-up after the devastating fires.”
To be eligible for a grant, your project must address one or more of the following recovery or resilience needs:
- social recovery and resilience – for example, community development programs and activities to help affected individuals and communities to reconnect and support mental and physical wellbeing and recovery from the immediate effects of the bushfires
- economic recovery and resilience – for example, projects that help the community (and not just an individual business) to recover from the immediate economic impact of the bushfires by boosting employment and industries in eligible LGAs impacted by the fires
- recovery and resilience of the built environment – for example, projects to rebuild infrastructure damaged by the bushfires.
Information about grant guidelines is available here: www.recovery.gov.au/black-summer-grants