Support for the vast bushfire recovery continues with Phase 2 of the Bushfire Community Recovery and Resilience Fund (BCRRF), which provides more than $25 million to promote community well-being, social and future disaster resilience.
Local councils eligible for Stream 1 funding will be contacted soon to receive their $100,000 or $250,000 payments.
Applications for Stream 2 are now open and allow for more immediate funding to flow to local councils, community groups and not-for-profit organisations faster, whilst still supporting communities with medium and longer-term projects.
Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman welcomed this support for locally led recovery.
“The NSW Government is committed to supporting bushfire impacted communities on their journey to recovery,” Mrs Tuckerman said.
“Under a joint Commonwealth/NSW Government funding arrangement this funding allows communities to invest in projects that will directly benefit recovery efforts and help communities across New South Wales rebuild.
“We know that community-led recoveries provide the best chance for people to get back on their feet and for towns to come out the other end of a tragedy with even greater resilience and hope for the future,” Mrs Tuckerman said.
“I’m pleased to say Stream 1 will provide $100,000 or $250,000 grants to local councils to support locally-led social recovery activities.
“Stream 2 will provide grants for social recovery and preparedness projects, which could include education programs about how to best prepare for future hazards and community activities to bring people together.
“My message to our bushfire affected towns is that we are with you for the long haul.”
This brings the total BCRRF to over $35 million jointly funded by the Commonwealth and NSW under Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements and is in addition to measures supported through the National Bushfire Recovery Fund. The BCRRF is administered by Resilience NSW.
For more information, please visit https://www.emergency.nsw.gov.au/
The BCRRF is split into two streams:
• Stream 1 will provide funding for shorter-term projects in impacted local government areas including council-led small-scale community grants program. Payments of $100,000 or $250,000 are available to councils that have been moderately and highly impacted by the bushfires.
• Stream 2 will provide grants to bushfire affected regions, and will be open to community groups, councils and not-for-profits for social recovery and preparedness projects between $20,000 and $300,000. Grants will be assessed with at a regional level using Regional Panels to maximise the recovery support to communities across local government boundaries.