Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery Grants
The Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery Grants program has 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 applicants will be local government authorities and regional tourism organisations operating in local government areas with activated state government Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA) for the 2019-2020 fire season. These entities are listed in Annexure A in the guidelines.
Closing dates extended: 5:00pm (AEDT) Friday, 18 December 2020.
Stream 2 applicants are local government authorities and regional tourism organisations in local government areas activated by state or territory governments for DFRA assistance during the 2019-20 fire season and which are declared Category D. The eligible entities for this stream are listed in Annexure B to the guidelines.
Closing dates extended: 5:00pm (AEST) Friday, 8 May 2020.
Emergency Bushfire Primary Industries Grants
The Emergency Bushfire Response in Primary Industries Grants provide a grant 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.
The support is available to bushfire affected primary producers in the Indi local government areas of Alpine, Indigo, Mansfield, Towong, Wangaratta, and Wodonga.
The maximum grant amount for clean-up, reinstatement activities and emergency measures is $75,000.
Closing date: 31 July 2020.
Small Business Grants
A $10,000 grant is available for small businesses in Towong and Alpine Local Government Areas, as determined by state governments.
The grant is designed to assist with the costs of maintaining businesses, including – but not limited to – covering salaries, rents and utilities.
To be eligible, businesses must have experienced a 40 per cent drop in revenue over a three-month period, compared to the previous year, as a result of the bushfires. Further eligibility criteria will apply.
You can apply through the state government by calling your state hotline:
Victoria call 1800 560 760
Closing date: 30 September 2020
Small Business Bushfire Recovery Grants
Grants of up to $50,000 are available to eligible Victorian small businesses and non-profit organisations affected by the Victorian bushfires in in the Indi local government areas of Alpine, Indigo, Mansfield, Towong, Wangaratta, and Wodonga
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.
Closing date: 31 July 2020
Bushfire Clean-up Program
The program covers the demolition and disposal of all buildings destroyed or damaged beyond repair by this season’s bushfires. This includes:
• residential homes
• sheds and other out-buildings
• commercial buildings
• public buildings
This may also include the removal of fencing, trees and vehicles, but only where it is necessary for the safe clean-up of destroyed buildings.
To register: https://www.vic.gov.au/bushfireclean-up-program
Victorian Farmers Federation Bushfire Recovery Infrastructure Grants
The Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) Disaster Relief Fund is a charitable fund which aims to raise and distribute funds to provide relief and assistance to farmers and rural Victorians who suffer loss or are suffering distress as a result of flood or other natural disaster.
The Fund is accepting applications for grants of up to $3000 (excluding GST) for infrastructure items to support farmers who have experienced fire damage on their properties.
Applications opened Tuesday 14 April 2020. Funds will be allocated on a ‘first in, best dressed’ basis until the available funding is committed.
Into our Hands – Bushfire Recovery and Pandemic Small Grant Program
Grants up to $3,000 are available to support projects responding to the recent bushfires and/or the COVID-19 Pandemic, which assist people in North East Victoria. The Foundation will give priority to projects which will:
1. Improve Community Connectedness and Social Wellbeing
2. Enhance the mental health of residents
3. Develop Organisational Resilience and Capacity
4. Foster cultural vibrancy
For more information: https://intoourhandsfoundation.com.au/grants/