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Assistance for Bushfire Affected Communities, Businesses and Individuals

Please note that while we update our lists of available grants regularly, this is not a comprehensive list and closing dates and details should be verified using the links provided as they are subject to change by the providers without notice.

Small Business Bushfire Support Grant Grant Closes: Unknown Run By: Service NSW Further Information: https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/apply-small-business-bushfire-support-grant

In March 2020 a new $10,000 grant for small business was announced. The grant is for small businesses in selected fire-affected Local Government Areas, as determined by state governments.

To receive the grant, your revenue must have dropped by 40 per cent over a three-month period, compared to the previous year, as a result of the bushfires. You can be directly or indirectly affected by the bushfires. The money can be spent on expenses such as salaries, wages, utilities, fuel and/or financial advice.

Last Updated: 11th of February 2021
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St George Foundation - Bushfire Assistance Grant Grant Closes: Ongoing Value: Up to $50,000 Run By: St George Foundation Further Information: https://www.stgeorgefoundation.com.au/apply/bushfire-assistance-grant-guidelines

St.George Foundation’s dedicated Bushfire Assistance Grant supports eligible charities and local community organisations with projects that will aid in long-term recovery efforts for bushfire-affected communities that focus on assisting children and young people

Last Updated: 29th of January 2021
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Strengthening Business Program Closes: 31st of March 2022 - 5:00 pm Value: Support Run By: Australian Government Further Information: https://www.business.gov.au/grants-and-programs/strengthening-business

This program provides access to experts who will work with you to rebuild your business after the 2019-20 Black Summer bushfires. They'll work with you to strengthen the systems, operations and strategies of your business and also connect you to other services to help you recover.

Last Updated: 5th of November 2020
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Small Business Bushfire Recovery Grants Grant Closes: Unknown Value: Up to $50,000 Run By: National Bushfire Recovery Agency Further Information: https://www.business.gov.au/news/bushfire-support

If you're a small business or non-profit organisation, and you've suffered direct damage to your premises or equipment as a result of the NSW 2019–2020 bushfire event (beginning in August 2019), you may be eligible for a bushfire recovery grant.

The bushfire recovery grant of up to $50,000 is to help pay for costs associated with the clean-up and reinstatement of a small business or non-profit organisation’s operations. The costs could include, but are not limited to:

  • payment for tradespeople to conduct safety inspections 
  • equipment and materials required for cleaning up
  • the removal and disposal of damaged goods and materials 
  • repairing premises and internal fittings
  • hiring equipment and/or replacing stock needed to resume operations.

Grants are not available for (and not necessarily limited to), the following:

  • expenses that are covered under the small business or non-profit organisation's insurance policy
  • loss of income as a result of the bushfires.
Last Updated: 2nd of November 2020
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Disaster Relief Loans - Small business Grant Closes: 12 months after the declared disaster Value: Up to $130,000 Run By: Rural Assistance Authority Further Information: https://www.raa.nsw.gov.au/disaster-assistance/disaster-recovery-loans/small-business

Small businesses who have been directly affected by a declared natural disaster including floods, fires or storm damage, may be eligible for low interest loans of up to $130,000.

This low interest rate loan can help a small business:

  • return to its normal level of trading or until the next major income is received within 12 months from the date of disaster
  • replace and repair damage caused to your small business and associated improvements not covered by insurance.

A repayment term of up to ten years is available dependent upon the amount borrowed and the applicant’s ability to repay.

The repayment term is preceded by a two-year interest and repayment free period.

Last Updated: 2nd of November 2020
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