$250m to help recovery in bushfire-affected NSW communities

Councils, businesses, and organisations in bushfire-impacted areas of NSW are being encouraged to apply for project-funding grants enabling local recovery.

Applications for the $250 million Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund, co-funded by the Federal and NSW governments, open on 27 October.

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

  • Local community and cultural infrastructure;
  • Tourism campaigns (including digital product development) and regional events;
  • Workforce adaptation and work-ready training programs;
  • Community wellbeing and mental health programs;
  • Tourism infrastructure including walking and mountain bike trails; and
  • Neighbourhood safer places.

Federal Emergency Management Minister David Littleproud said: “Bushfire recovery looks different in each community, and no one is better placed to identify local priorities than local people.

“I encourage fire-affected communities to get together and consider what can be done to boost their economy, their wellbeing and their recovery; I look forward to seeing what people come up with and the benefits that will flow long-term.”

Applications for grants from the Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund will remain open until 10 November.

Alongside this open call for project ideas, shovel-ready projects are being identified in bushfire-affected areas so they can be considered and fast-tracked to provide community and economic benefits as quickly as possible.

Information about these projects will be released in the coming weeks.