Support from Government and Other Agencies

Grants and Funding for Schools

Natural Disaster Recovery Grants for Not-For-Profit Organisations

The NSW Government is providing grants of up to $15,000 for not-for profit organisations, including schools, to contribute towards clean up, removal of debris and/or restoring essential facilities, equipment or other assets that have been damaged or destroyed by the disaster.

Disaster Relief Loans for Not-For-Profit Organisations

The NSW Government is providing low interest loans of up to $25,000 for the restoration of essential facilities that have been damaged or destroyed by a natural disaster and may also be directed towards temporary storage or leasing of alternate premises.

Australian Government Grant and Loans for Not-For-Profit and Small Business

The Australian Government has announced top-up grants of up to $50,000 (tax free) and low-interest loans of up to $500,000 for business that have sustained significant asset loss or loss of revenue.

Grants and Funding for Communities

Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment

The Australian Government provides one-off financial assistance to Australians who have been seriously injured, lost their homes or whose homes have been directly damaged, or are the immediate family members of a person who has died, as a direct result of the bushfires.

Australian Government Disaster Recovery Allowance

A short-term income support payment to assist help individuals who can show that their income has been affected because of a disaster. The DRA assists employees, small business persons and farmers who experience a loss of income as a direct result of a major disaster.

NSW Government Disaster Relief Grants

NSW Government Disaster Relief Grants are available for eligible individuals and families whose homes and essential household contents have been damaged or destroyed by a natural disaster. Financial assistance is available for eligible individuals who have low income and limited assets.

Natural Disaster Recovery Grants

The NSW Government is providing grants for primary producers (up to $75,000), not-for-profit organisations and small business (up to $15,000) affected by the NSW bushfires. Eligibility criteria apply.

Disaster Relief Loans

The NSW Government is providing low interest loans for primary producers and small businesses (up to $130,000), sporting and recreation clubs (up to $10,000) and not-for-profit organisations (up to $25,000). Eligibility criteria apply. 

Bushfire Housing Assistance

Any individual who is temporarily or permanently displaced as a result of the NSW bushfires can access the Bushfire Housing Assistance Service. The Service is available for all people across NSW affected by the recent bushfires.

NSW Bushfire Clean-up

The NSW Government is coordinating the clean-up of NSW residences and businesses impacted by the NSW bushfires. This includes both insured and uninsured properties.

Support from Other Agencies

CommBank Bushfire Recovery Grant

Up to $50,000 grants available to assist the longer term recovery of organisations directly affected by the bushfires.

Budget Direct Bushfire Recovery Fund 

Grants of up to $20,000 are intended to help groups repair or replace damaged or destroyed facilities and/or equipment that aren’t covered by insurance.

Bushfire Recovery Access Program

Mental health support for individuals affected by the bushfires.

National Disability Insurance Agency

NDIS participants impacted by the bushfires are prioritised to ensure they continue to receive their disability related supports by contacting 1800800 110.

Government Funding Announcements

20/01/2020: Immediate small business support for bushfire affected communities (Read full release)

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  • Top-up grants to eligible small businesses and non-profit organisations 
    Businesses and organisations that have sustained damage as a result of the fires can access up to $50,000 in grant funding (tax free)

  • Increased value and concessions for small business loans, also on offer to farmers, primary producers and non-profit organisations
    Loans of up to $500,000 will be offered for businesses that have suffered significant asset loss or a significant loss of revenue. The loan would be for up to 10 years and used for the purposes of restoring or replacing damaged assets and for working capital. The loans will be available with a repayment holiday of up to two years, with no interest accruing during this period. The subsequent interest rate would be set at 50 per cent of the ten-year Commonwealth government bond rate (currently around 0.6%).

17/01/2020: Support for bushfire affected communities (Read full release)

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  • Mental health support for child care and school communities
    The Government is committing $8 million through Beyond Blue to provide 25 mental health liaison officers to work with local schools and early childhood services in bushfire-affected communities, to build capacity and support the health of staff, students, and families.

  • Expansion of Community Child Care Fund (CCCF) Special Circumstances funding
    For families affected by the bushfires, being able to return to work will be an important step in the recovery process. $5 million for the Community Child Care Fund (CCCF) will be used to support recovery efforts for child care services in communities affected by the recent bushfire disaster.

  • Child Care Subsidy (CCS) activity test debt exemption
    The Australian Government will help families in bushfire declared areas by exempting them from any Child Care Subsidy (CCS) potential activity test debt for the 2019-20 financial year.

  • Additional payment for children
    The Australian Government will deliver an extra $400 to families for each child aged under 16 that is eligible for the Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment (AGDRP). The payment is in addition to the existing $400 AGDRP (for a total payment of $800) for children and is not subject to income tax.

  • Scholarships for regional students
    To help students from bushfire affected communities attend university, the Minister for Education has announced the opening of a fourth round of the Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships program, for students commencing study in 2020.