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Bushfire Community Recovery Grants Program

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To support communities with the recovery efforts from the 2019/2020 Black Summer Bushfires, the Community Enterprise Foundation is seeking applications from eligible charitable organisations for funding of programs that support the recovery of bushfire affected communities.

Grant applications need to focus on the short-term recovery of communities that were impacted by the Black Summer Bushfires in 2019/2002 and will need to be for one off, community led projects delivered by organisations within the next 6 - 12 months. 



2020 NSW Bushfire Community Recovery Grants Program

Funding (up to $75,000) will support the resilience, rebuilding and strengthening of the social fabric within communities, with priority given to community-led activities that promote:

People Supporting individual recovery and resilience building.
Social Supporting community connectedness and recovery of organisations.
Economic Supporting community initiatives that assist in the economic restoration of communities. 
Environmental Supporting the conservation and re-establishment of the natural environment.
  Funding available:

Applications can be made for grants up to $75,000. Distribution is subject to the needs of fire affected communities.

  Key dates:
  • Grant applications open Monday 16 November 2020.
  • Grant applications close Friday 11 December 2020.
  • Funding distributed to successful organisations from mid-January 2021.
  • Completion of projects by end of December 2021.
  Eligibility criteria:
  • Applicants must be a Deductible Gift Recipient Organisation with ITEM 1 status.
  • Projects that the grant program supports should be completed by the end of 2021.
  • The grant will only support projects that benefit bushfire impacted communities in New South Wales.
  • All applications will be required to demonstrate operational and financial stability by providing the most recent profit and loss statement.
  • A full budget and quotes to support the amount requested are to be provided as part of the application (see documentation required section).
  • Funding to be directed to community led recovery initiatives that support bushfire impacted communities across one or all of the four pillars of People, Social, Economic and Environmental.
  • Funding sources/capacity to leverage resources from elsewhere is beneficial.
  • Program focus is on assisting bushfire impacted communities to continue their recovery following the Black Summer Bushfires. Projects must be completed by December 2021.
  • Geographic spread/location is a consideration for the Grants Advisory Committee. Projects must support bushfire impacted communities that were affected following the 2019/2020 bushfires.
  Documentation required:

In addition to the information requested as part of the online application process, applicants must include the following supporting documentation: 


  • Current signed audited financial statements for the applicant organisation and project partner (where applicable).
  • If your organisation is not required to audit your financials provide a profit and loss statement as a minimum and a balance sheet if available. Also include a current bank statement.


  • Quotes are required for all budget items.
  • If you have conducted this project/program before, copies of receipts/invoices that substantiate this request from previous expenditure may be acceptable together with a detailed budget.

Project budget

Your budget and/or supporting documentation must clearly show how the funds requested will be spent.

State Government Entities are encouraged to call the Community Enterprise Foundation before submitting an application as there are some requirements that will apply. 

For assistance with applications, call 1300 304 541.

A confirmation email will be sent to the registered email address once an application has been submitted.

The NSW & ACT Bushfire Appeal is a management account of Community Enterprise Foundation™ ABN 69 694 230 518, The Bendigo Centre, PO Box 480, Bendigo, VIC 3552. Sandhurst Trustees Limited ABN 16 004 030 737 AFSL 237906, a subsidiary of Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Limited ABN 11 068 049 178, AFSL 237879, is the trustee of the Fund. The Foundation will make distributions by way of grants, following receipt of applications from organisations.

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