Bellingen Chamber of Commerce

Grants Information And Bushfire Funding

28 Feb

Please view the following information from the Bellingen Shire Council regarding community grants and bushfire funding:


Good afternoon everyone,


I trust you are all well and keeping dry.  What a crazy end of year and start to 2020 moving from drought to bushfires and flooding.  I must say, like many of us, I was extremely glad to see the rain.


Following is information on some current and pending opportunities for grant funding.  I have also included some links to information on what funding is available for those persons and properties that may have been impacted by the bushfires.

It is important to note that many of the grant bodies are prioritising funding to communities affected by drought and bushfires.  The Bellingen Shire local government area has been declared with regards to drought and bushfires which makes the community eligible to apply where this criteria is a requirement.


Bushfire Grants and Financial Assistance
The Grants Hub have put together a list of funding available across each State and Nationally. Funding is available for everything from wildlife services to primary producers, businesses and individuals to telecommunications and utilities. Some of these have closing dates so please check the specific information.  See link –


The National Bushfire Recovery Agency is another avenue that may be able to provide information and assistance –


Landcare Australia Bushfire Recovery Grants 2020 – The Landcare Australia Bushfire recovery grants 2020 program will support landcare and community environmental groups as well as networks located in bushfire affected areas across Australia. The aim of the program is to support the urgent needs of the Landcare community to restore essential wildlife habitat, shelterbelts and fences, protect our waterways, manage weeds and feral animals, work with Traditional Owner groups and run local community workshops, amongst other recovery activities.  They are looking to fund 15 projects at $15,000 each with the intention to open additional bushfire recovery grants as more funding becomes available.  The current round is due to close on 13 March.  The process appears to be quite simple in my very quick look at this –


Other Grants and Funding

  • Multicultural NSW – Celebrating Diversity – Up to $10,000 for events and up to $40,000 for projects – closes 13 March –
  • Local Sports Defibrillator Program is again closing on 8 April. This provides sporting groups with up to $1,900 for the purchase and maintenance of an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) –
  • Destination NSW – Flagship Event Funding of up to $20,000. The program supports emerging events in regional NSW to increase their profile and encourage visitation – closes 25 March –
  • Destination NSW – Micro Event Funding of up to $10,000. This is a new stream developed as part of the drought and bushfire recovery program – closes 25 March – 
  • Festivals Australia – Festivals Australia provides funding to support individual art projects at festivals or significant one-off community events – closes 22 March. A second round is likely to open in September. There is no limit to the amount of funding you can apply for. However, the average funding request is around $40,000. See attached documents.
  • FRRR – A couple of grants are currently open that has a strong focus on supporting regional towns.  The two programs open currently include Tackling Tough Times (next round to open in May) and Strengthening Rural Communities which closes on 24 March. Funding varies from $10,000 to $150,000.  There are also other programs in their portfolio.  See link to the FRRR Grants Calendar for more information –
  • Office of Responsible Gambling Infrastructure Grants Program (Clubgrants Category 3) – applications open on 16 March and closing on 6 April –  There are 3 streams to the program including:
    • Arts & Culture: $50,000 to $200,000 available per project
    • Disaster Readiness & Community Infrastructure: $10,000 to $200,000 available per project
    • Sport & Recreation:  $100,000 to $300,000 available per project


Please also don’t forget about the Active and Creative Kids Vouchers available. I certainly haven’t! 😊


As always, good luck with your applications and projects.

Kind regards,

Maxine Compton
Grants and Business Development Officer
Ph: 02 6655 7379