Applications for Stream 2 of the Bushfire Community Recovery and Resilience Fund close December 11

AFTERMATH: Damage to a vacant property at North Rothbury in November 2019. Picture: Simone De Peak
AFTERMATH: Damage to a vacant property at North Rothbury in November 2019. Picture: Simone De Peak

Councils, community groups and not-for-profit organisations in bushfire-impacted areas have until December 11, 2020 to apply for their share of $25 million to promote community well-being, social recovery and future disaster resilience.

Support for the vast bushfire recovery was extended in September with Stream 2 of the Bushfire Community Recovery and Resilience Fund to provide $25 million for community recovery and preparedness initiatives.

The first stream of the Resilience NSW-administrated fund provided $10 million worth of grants to support locally-led social recovery activities, with Cessnock City Council among the successful applicants, receiving a $250,000 grant.

Under the second stream, grants of $20,000 to $300,000 is now available for eligible projects.

Resilience NSW Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said he urges community groups, councils, joint organisations, NGOs and not-for-profits to submit their applications.

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"You know best what your communities need to help them achieve recovery and strengthen resilience," Commissioner Fitzsimmons said.

"These grants aim to help provide the necessary support to empower communities across NSW to drive local, community-led recovery and preparedness initiatives in their own backyards.

"Each bushfire-impacted community is at a different point on their journey to recovery and has a different set of needs, so I'm looking forward to a diversity of projects coming to fruition."

The Bushfire Community Recovery and Resilience Fund is jointly funded by the state and federal governments.

Applications can be submitted before midday on December 11 at www.emergency.nsw.gov.au.

The NSW Government's $250 million Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund is also open, with applications closing at 2pm the same day.

The program supports infrastructure, social, business and environmental initiatives that retain and create new jobs, build resilience and increase preparedness for future bushfire seasons.

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