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Recovery support for community groups and local government

Find out more about services, financial counselling, grants and other support available for communities and local government in bushfire-affected areas.

We’re here to help. A range of financial and counselling support is available for communities and local government.  

For community groups

Nature-led Recovery Grants

The Nature-led Recovery Grants are now open.

Visit our Environment and Biodiversity page to read the guidelines, see if you're eligible and apply. 

Local Economic Recovery (LER) Local Community Project Grants 

Round 2 is now closed. These grants are being released in stages, so communities have time to consider their project ideas and prepare applications. Round 3 will open on Monday 26 July 2021. 

The Local Community Project Grants will fund local projects vital for community recovery in bushfire-affected regions.  

Visit the Local Economic Recovery page for more information on the program. 

Bushfire Recovery Grants for Community Facilities 

The Bushfire Recovery Grants for Community Facilities will support community groups 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 repair of playgrounds, skate parks, pavilions or other outdoor facilities, repair of community halls or buildings, including kitchen or bathroom upgrades, and energy efficiency and general repairs for facilities that have been damaged or destroyed. 

Grants of up to $50,000 are on offer. 

Grant funding cannot be used for offsetting salaries, operating costs for existing staff, feasibility studies, business plans and third-party sponsorship. 

To view grant guidelines, visit Bushfire Recovery Grants for Community Facilities.

For local government

Bushfire Recovery Grants for Local Government Authorities and Community Service Organisations 

Recovery Grants for Local Government Authorities and Community Service Organisations will help councils, charities and community organisations support recovery, redevelopment and resilience after the 2019–20 Victorian bushfires, and to build capacity and preparedness for the future. 

Examples of projects supported under the initiative could include economic development initiatives, local business skill and capacity building, the employment of a community recovery officer to boost service delivery on the ground, and the delivery of recovery services for groups with different needs such as the elderly or multicultural communities. Activities that build resilience for future disasters will also be supported. 

Charities, not-for-profits and other local community service providers across Victoria – as well as 18 Local Government Authorities and 4 Alpine Resorts – will be eligible to apply. Grants of up to $500,000 are available. 

For more information on this grant, visit Bushfire Recovery Grants for Local Government Authorities and Community Services Organisations

The Bushfire Recovery Grants for or Local Government Authorities and Community Service Organisations is temporarily closed until Monday 24 May 2021. If you have any questions about this, please contact the grants team directly by emailing grants@brv.vic.gov.au

The support is available in the local government areas of:

  • 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 areas of Falls Creek, Mount Buller, Mount Hotham and Mount Stirling

Reviewed 21 April 2021

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