Extra time made available for BLER funding applications

Communities and businesses in bushfire-impacted regions of NSW now have till 28 January to apply for grants under the $250 million Bushfire Local Economic Recovery (BLER) fund.

Federal Emergency Management Minister David Littleproud said the deadline extension would enable as many communities and businesses as possible to access BLER funding provided by both the Federal and NSW governments.

“I encourage fire-affected communities in NSW to get together and consider what their community needs to boost their economy, their wellbeing and their recovery, and I look forward to seeing what people come up with and the benefits that will flow long-term,” Mr Littleproud said this week

NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro said an additional 12 months has also been provided for successful applicants to deliver their BLER projects, with all projects now to be completed by June 2023.

Grants of between $200,000 and $20 million will be available through the BLER Fund for projects such as:

  • Restoration of bushfire impacted roads;
  • Local community and cultural infrastructure;
  • Community wellbeing and mental health programs;
  • Tourism campaigns (including digital product development) and regional events;
  • Workforce adaptation and work-ready training programs;
  • Local infrastructure including walking and mountain bike trails to support communities and bring in tourists
  • Regeneration activities to support recovery of the local natural environment; and
  • Neighbourhood safer places.

Click here for more information about BLER applications, including guidelines.