Bushfire recovery grants for community facilities

To support local organisations to improve community facilities in fire-affected communities.

Bushfire recovery grants for community facilities

$0 - $50,000
Not-for-profit groups
Open, closing in 331 days

Submit your applications via the grant portal.  If you have any questions about this, please contact the grants team directly by emailing

The Bushfire Recovery Grants for Community Facilities will support community groups who want help  to build, upgrade or repair important local facilities that everyone can use.

Examples of projects that could be funded through the community facilities grants include upgrades to kitchens or bathrooms at local halls, repairs to fix damage, or new facilities such as playgrounds, community gardens and small pavilions.

  1. Timeline

    25 June 2020 to 30 June 2022


  • Applicant eligibility

    To be eligible, an organisation must be either:

    • a community, not for profit or Aboriginal organisation that is an incorporated legal entity under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth), or the Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2001 (Vic) or the Corporation (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (Cth)
    • a social enterprise with a clearly stated purpose or mission related specifically to supporting bushfire recovery

    And you must have:

    • a current Australian Business Number (ABN)
    • no outstanding final reports or final reports required for any previous government grant programs

    We strongly encourage applications from:

    • new and emerging community organisations
    • not for profit community organisations,
    • Aboriginal community-controlled organisations
    • local organisations that are based in bushfire impacted areas

    Auspice organisations

    Auspice organisations can support unlimited applications from lead applicants.

    If your organisation is not incorporated or does not have an ABN, you may still apply if you are supported by an eligible auspice organisation that has agreed to manage the grant for you.

    An auspice arrangement is when a larger organisation assists a smaller organisation to fund a project.

    The larger organisation is known as the auspice organisation. Your community group or organisation is known as the grant recipient.

    The following are examples of organisations that can auspice a smaller group or partner in an application but cannot apply as the lead applicant:

    • local councils
    • preschools, TAFE institutes and universities

    Who cannot apply?

    • state and federal government departments and agencies
    • individuals and sole traders
    • unincorporated community organisations
    • commercial enterprises
    • fixed trusts
    • local councils, including council managed, operated, administered and regulated trusts (can act as an auspice)
    • registered primary and secondary schools, preschools, TAFE institutes and universities (can act as an auspice)
    • commercial enterprises are not eligible to apply for a grant alone (they can partner with an organisation as a sponsor and only provide contributions)
  • Selection criteria

    Provided your organisation is eligible to apply (see Applicant Eligibility) your application for a Bushfire Recovery Grant for Community Facilities Grant will be assessed against the following:

    How well it meets the five key selection criteria set out below, and

    Whether you demonstrate all application requirements and provide all the required documentation.

    In preparing an application, you are encouraged to engage with your local Community Recovery Committee (where it exists) to assist you in meeting the selection criteria.

    1. Purpose

    Applicants must provide an explanation of how their facilities project will deliver direct benefit to a bushfire affected community and supports one or more of the objectives of the Community Recovery and Resilience Grants initiative.

    2. Community participation

    Applicants must demonstrate how the project will:

    • be used by the community
    • be accessible to the community
    • be promoted to the community

    Please note, 'word of mouth' is not a valid promotion type.

    3. Location

    Applicants must demonstrate that their facilities project is located in a bushfire affected area and describe how the bushfires directly impacted on their community.

    As of June 2020, the following Local Government Areas and Alpine Resorts are considered within the scope of the Community Facilities program:

    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

    Alpine Resorts

    Falls Creek, Mount Buller, Mount Hotham and Mount Stirling

    4. Planning and delivery

    Applicants must provide a clear explanation on how the project will be undertaken and the anticipate completion date. 

    This explanation should include a description of how the delivery of the project will provide economic benefits (e.g. use of local trades) and social benefits (e.g enhanced wellbeing) for the local community.

    5. Budget

    Applicants must provide evidence to show that:

    • costs of community facilities are accurate and reasonable
    • include any in kind or co-contribution funding support

    Further mandatory requirements

    Applications for projects on public land must be endorsed by the relevant land manager (e.g. Local Council or the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning).

    Applications must outline how the proposed project(s) will comply with the Victorian COVID-19 restrictions and requirements.

    Applications must comply with any other applicable legislation (e.g. Aboriginal Heritage Act 2008 (Vic), local planning laws)

    Assessment criteria

    Applications received will be assessed against the criteria as outlined below.


    Number of objectives of the Community Recovery and Resilience Grants Initiative the project meets and the extent to which those objectives are met

    • 30%

    The positive economic benefits for the local economy from the project

    • 25%

    Community participation and accessibility

    • 25%

    The direct impacts of the 2019-20 Victorian Bushfires on the community

    • 20%
  • Funding agreements 

    Organisations approved for funding will enter into a Victorian Common Funding Agreement (VCFA) with Bushfire Recovery Victoria.

    The VCFA will outline:

    • the grant’s terms and conditions, including use of funds
    • agreement terms
    • key deliverables and due dates
    • reporting requirements

    Organisations that are successful in receiving funding will have 30 days to enter into a VCFA. If a grant offer is not accepted during this period, the grant may be withdrawn.


    Organisations will be required to report on the funded activity and can submit their final reports online and must submit their final report on time.

  • Please submit your application via our new grant portal. You’ll need to create a login and navigate to the Bushfire Recovery Grants for Community Facilities application form.

    If you have any questions about this, please contact the grants team directly by emailing


Reviewed 25 May 2021