Bushfire Recovery Grants

The recent devasting bushfires throughout our region have left not only physical impacts across our towns and bushland but also personally affected many families, individuals and communities. We recognise that community connectedness and looking out for each other is vital to the resilience and recovery of our towns.

To support the recovery process we will be inviting local community groups and organisations to apply for one-off grant funding to assist with strengthening social connectedness, emotional wellbeing and community recovery and healing.

Organisations and community groups throughout our region are eligible to apply. Eligible activities must be linked to impacts of bushfire activity for people within our region. Eligible activities that are community-led are encouraged.


GRANT INFORMATION

Grants of up to $10,000 are available under the new Commonwealth funded Supporting Communities in Recovery program to fund grassroots community-focused health and wellbeing initiatives. There are two tiers of grants available:

  • Level 1: up to $1,500 available for prompt release for new community gatherings
  • Level 2: $1,501 to $10,000 for wider-ranging or more comprehensive projects.

Grant funding will be available through this grant program from April 2 until May 15, 2020 unless funds are exhausted earlier.

Funding guidelines and online application forms will be released on this page on April 2, 2020.

If your community is wanting to undertake a recovery activity prior to April 2 please contact our Grants Manager, Melissa Collins on 0417 116 208 to discuss (Please note that the Primary Health Network reserves the right to directly approach communities in relation to grant program support where necessary to ensure a fair and equitable distribution).


EXAMPLES OF ACTIVITIES THAT COULD BE FUNDED

  • Bringing the community together to support social skills, connectedness and build networks and friendships through group activities, e.g. community barbecues, regular coffee mornings, community meetings
  • Projects that are recovery focused and aim to build on the community’s and members’ resilience, healing and capacity building
  • Sharing information about available community resources and services and how to access them, including printing and photocopying information sheets and other items for dissemination
  • Assisting community members to identify peers or family members who may need referral to professional and other services to address trauma or distress
  • Engaging proactively with bushfire affected people in remote or isolated areas
  • Initiatives offering comfort, reassurance and assistance to communities and individuals to address practical needs and return to normal routines; and/or
  • Practical advice and skills development, e.g. for parents to help provide support for their children, addressing particular needs of isolated older people, or future bushfire planning and preparedness.

This list is not exhaustive and we welcome your ideas for discussion.

The recent devasting bushfires throughout our region have left not only physical impacts across our towns and bushland but also personally affected many families, individuals and communities. We recognise that community connectedness and looking out for each other is vital to the resilience and recovery of our towns.

To support the recovery process we will be inviting local community groups and organisations to apply for one-off grant funding to assist with strengthening social connectedness, emotional wellbeing and community recovery and healing.

Organisations and community groups throughout our region are eligible to apply. Eligible activities must be linked to impacts of bushfire activity for people within our region. Eligible activities that are community-led are encouraged.


GRANT INFORMATION

Grants of up to $10,000 are available under the new Commonwealth funded Supporting Communities in Recovery program to fund grassroots community-focused health and wellbeing initiatives. There are two tiers of grants available:

  • Level 1: up to $1,500 available for prompt release for new community gatherings
  • Level 2: $1,501 to $10,000 for wider-ranging or more comprehensive projects.

Grant funding will be available through this grant program from April 2 until May 15, 2020 unless funds are exhausted earlier.

Funding guidelines and online application forms will be released on this page on April 2, 2020.

If your community is wanting to undertake a recovery activity prior to April 2 please contact our Grants Manager, Melissa Collins on 0417 116 208 to discuss (Please note that the Primary Health Network reserves the right to directly approach communities in relation to grant program support where necessary to ensure a fair and equitable distribution).


EXAMPLES OF ACTIVITIES THAT COULD BE FUNDED

  • Bringing the community together to support social skills, connectedness and build networks and friendships through group activities, e.g. community barbecues, regular coffee mornings, community meetings
  • Projects that are recovery focused and aim to build on the community’s and members’ resilience, healing and capacity building
  • Sharing information about available community resources and services and how to access them, including printing and photocopying information sheets and other items for dissemination
  • Assisting community members to identify peers or family members who may need referral to professional and other services to address trauma or distress
  • Engaging proactively with bushfire affected people in remote or isolated areas
  • Initiatives offering comfort, reassurance and assistance to communities and individuals to address practical needs and return to normal routines; and/or
  • Practical advice and skills development, e.g. for parents to help provide support for their children, addressing particular needs of isolated older people, or future bushfire planning and preparedness.

This list is not exhaustive and we welcome your ideas for discussion.