Fire
Community, Rural & Regional

Strengthening Rural Communities – Bushfire Recovery

Funder:  Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR)

Grant Background: The Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) program aims to give the thousands of small rural, regional and remote communities across Australia an opportunity to access funding to support broad community needs.

Projects funded must align with one or more of the following charitable outcomes:

  • Bringing people and community organisations together to foster stronger, more resilient communities;
  • Fostering and celebrating a sense of identity, diversity and cultural connection within the community;
  • Improving community health and social wellbeing;
  • Enabling people to develop skills, knowledge and confidence to lead and contribute to the prosperity and renewal of their community;
  • Building a sustainable volunteer base and/or supporting the wellbeing of volunteers;
  • Celebrating and resourcing volunteer-led efforts;
  • Increasing access and inclusion for vulnerable and disadvantaged groups, including remote communities;
  • Enhancing places where communities gather;
  • Promoting connection to place and enabling initiatives that champion a community’s social, cultural or economic aspirations;
  • Increasing capacity and capability of local community organisations to support preparedness and recovery from natural disasters;
  • Enabling locally-led responses within rural, regional and remote communities endeavouring to reduce the impacts of the changing climate within their community.

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Agriculture
Agriculture

Smoke Taint & Apple Recovery Grants

Funder:  NSW – Rural Assistance Authority

Grant Background: The Commonwealth Government has announced new grants to support apple growers directly impacted by the 2019/2020 bushfires as well as wine grape producers impacted by smoke taint as a result of these bushfires.

While not directly impacted by flames, a number of wine grape producers were significantly impacted by smoke taint. This has led to a loss of approximately 4%, or 60,000 tonnes, of the national harvest for the 2020 vintage.

The 2019/2020 bushfires also caused significant localised damage to some apple growers in NSW. Grants for eligible businesses are available to assist with re-establishing damaged or destroyed apple orchards.

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Tourism & Events

Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery Grant – Stream 1

Funder:  Federal – Austrade

Grant Background: The Australian Government announced $76 million for rebuilding Australian Tourism in bushfire affected regions to protect jobs, small businesses and local economies by helping get tourists travelling into bushfire affected regions. Austrade is administering the Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery Grants as part of the National Bushfire Recovery Agency initiative, a $10 million grants program.

Stream 1 will support smaller-scale events (including the promotion of these events), concerts, festivals and/or other visitor attractions such as art installations and tourist walks. Applicants may apply for more than one grant in this stream,

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Fire
Community, Rural & Regional

Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund

Funder:  NSW Government

Grant Background: The Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund will provide $250 million of further funding to support the social and economic recovery of communities affected by bushfire in 47 regional NSW Local Government Areas.

It will support projects that retain and create new jobs in regional areas, build resilience and increase preparedness for future bushfire seasons.

Funding is available in the following three categories:

  • Infrastructure projects, such as roads to support increased industrial development.
  • Environmental projects, such as regeneration activities.
  • Programs including social, business and environmental education initiatives.

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Environmental

Indigenous Fire and Land Management Workshops

Funder:  Federal – Agriculture

Grant Background: This program is part of the Australian Government’s $200 million investment in bushfire recovery for native plants, animals, ecological communities and natural assets. This funding aims to support the recovery and long-term resilience of wildlife and their habitat.

The objective of this grant opportunity is to support Indigenous organisations, Indigenous businesses and Traditional Owners to lead workshops aimed at sharing and strengthening knowledge of Indigenous fire and land management practices.

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Environmental

Bushfire Recovery for Wildlife and Habitat Community Grants Program

Funder:  Federal – Agriculture

Grant Background: The Bushfire Recovery for Wildlife and Habitat Community Grants Program aims to encourage recovery efforts in areas affected by the 2019-20 bushfires by:

  • supporting recovery of native flora and fauna
  • involving local communities, community groups and Traditional Owners, in delivering bushfire recovery activities for native flora and fauna.

The program is confined to bushfire-affected areas within the eastern and southern part of Australia affected by the 2019-20 bushfires, or adjacent to an affected area.

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Fire
Community, Rural & Regional

Strengthening Rural Communities – Bushfire Recovery

Funder:  Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR)

Grant Background: The Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) program aims to give the thousands of small rural, regional and remote communities across Australia an opportunity to access funding to support broad community needs.  Given the events of summer 2019/20, it has also been expanded to offer funding to support recovery in bushfire-affected communities.

The program criteria are deliberately flexible, and designed to be able to help communities address different needs and opportunities, as and when they emerge. Grants are available for a broad range of grassroots, community-led initiatives that directly and clearly benefit local communities.

Projects that enhance the recovery of communities affected by the Sept 2019 to Feb 2020 bushfires are eligible.

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Agriculture, Environmental

Weeds In Bushfire Recovery

Funder:  NSW – Central Tablelands Local Land Services

Grant Background: The Weeds in Bushfire Recovery project provides on-ground incentives to private and public landholders in areas within the Central Tablelands impacted by the 2019 – 2020 bushfires for the mitigation and control of weeds.

Central Tablelands landholders can apply for financial support for work involving both environmental weeds and/or weeds in production areas such as pastures.

All proposed works need to demonstrate a strategic or targeted approach that contributes to weed management and control in the longer term.

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Fire
Community, Rural & Regional

Bushfire Community Recovery and Resilience Fund

Funder:  NSW – Resilience NSW

Grant Background:  Phase Two of the Bushfire Community Recovery and Resilience Fund (BCRRF) will promote community well-being, social and broader recovery and future disaster resilience following the bushfires. Stream 2 will involve allocation of grants to medium and long-term community projects.

Phase Two Stream 2 funding is focused on delivering projects that support sustained community recovery and improved community resilience in bushfire impacted areas. Projects can be aligned to local, regional or across multiple Local Government Areas. Projects will need to contribute to one or more of the following Disaster Recovery Outcomes:

  • The needs of vulnerable groups are addressed in disaster recovery
  • The community is aware of the disaster recovery processes
  • The community can express its changing disaster recovery needs
  • Community members are aware of the risks of future disasters
  • The community has improved capacity and capability to respond to future disasters
  • Business and not-for-profits have in place adequate mitigation practices for risks and threats
  • Government, private sector, civil society and organisations are engaged in plans for preparedness and management of the recovery

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Rural & regional
Community, Rural & Regional

ANZ Seeds of Renewal

Funder:  Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal

Grant Background: The ANZ Seeds of Renewal program focuses specifically on helping build vibrant and sustainable rural communities, to ensure the ongoing prosperity of regional Australia. It is built on two key tenets:

  • Vibrant communities are diverse and inclusive with strong social capital, where everyone can participate and build a better life.
  • Sustainable communities innovate, expand and create opportunities that will deliver demonstrable medium-to-long-term economic benefit to the community, contributing to economic sustainability.

This year, the ANZ Seeds of Renewal program is supporting projects that align to one of three focus areas:

  1. Improving environmental sustainability
  2. Improving financial wellbeing within the community
  3. Improving access to housing

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