Further $110m invested in Black Summer bushfire grants

Communities still struggling to recover from the devastating 2019-20 bushfires are set to receive a further $110 million in federal support.

The money is in addition to the $280 million originally set aside for the Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Grants program and will fund 524 grants identified by affected communities as likely to best support their ongoing recovery.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their proposals in the “coming days”.

The recovery grants are part of the $2.2 billion National Bushfire Recovery Fund.

In related funding news, bushfire-affected communities in Victoria’s East Gippsland and north-east can now apply for a share of $3.8 million to support local community projects under the Local Economic Recovery (LER) program jointly funded by the Federal and Victorian state governments.

Project proposals that support local economic recovery and build a sense of community pride and connectedness will all be eligible for funding.

Eligible project locations include the East Gippsland Shire, Wellington Shire, Towong Shire, Alpine Shire, Indigo Shire, Mansfield Shire, Rural City of Wangaratta, Wodonga City, Falls Creek Alpine Resort, Mount Hotham Alpine Resort, Mount Buller and Mount Stirling Alpine Resort.

Applications opened on 15 February and close on 11 April 2022.

Visit www.brv.vic.gov.au to lodge a Registration of Interest or find out more about the Local Economic Recovery grants program.