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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.

Bushfire Restoration Grants - Tree Planting Grant Closes: Ongoing Run By: Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife Further Information: https://fnpw.org.au/grant/bushfire-restoration-grants/

This program provides trees from the FNPW Bushfire Recovery Nurseries for restoration activities in and around bushfire impacted areas

Trees provided as in-kind are to be sourced through one of the FNPW Bushfire Recovery Nurseries. A minimum of 1,000 trees (>3m) for all orders. Approximately 50,000 trees are available in nurseries as of March 31 for planting in 2021.

Decision and contact to all applicants will be made via email within 14 days of application.

Last Updated: 20th of July 2021
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Business Connect Grant Closes: Ongoing Value: Advice and Support Run By: NSW Government Further Information: http://www.business.nsw.gov.au/support-for-business/businessconnect

Whether you are just starting out with a great business idea or looking to expand and grow your business, Business Connect services can help you on your journey to business success. Business Connect is a dedicated and personalised NSW Government program that provides trusted advice to help you start or grow your small business.

You can access free business advice and webinars including:

  • developing a customised recovery strategy
  • managing your cashflow
  • accessing finance including grants and loans
  • marketing your business to reach new customers
  • connecting to other government support and local professional services.
Last Updated: 20th of July 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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Westpac Disaster Relief Package Grant Closes: Unknown Value: Varies Run By: Westpac Further Information: https://www.westpac.com.au/about-westpac/sustainability/initiatives-for-you/customers-disaster-relief/

Westpac has announced that its Disaster Relief Package is available for customers who are suffering hardship as a result of the recent disasters. Westpac's Disaster Relief Packages aim to offer immediate practical help to assist customers to manage the impact of natural disasters on their finances.

Grants of up to $2000 can be accessed to help cover temporary accommodation, food and clothing.

Depending on the nature of disasters, our Disaster Relief Packages generally offer the following:

Home loan and insurance customers

  • Affected customers with Westpac home loans may apply to defer repayments for up to three months.
  • Affected Westpac customers with Home and Contents insurance may be eligible to receive assistance including emergency funds and temporary accommodation. Contact us to find out if you are eligible or to make a claim.

Business customers

  • Affected businesses with existing loans can request loan restructuring without incurring the usual bank establishment fees.
  • Affected business customers with merchant facilities are eligible to receive assistance including monthly terminal access fee waivers for up to three months. Contact us to find out if you are eligible on 1800 029 749.

Credit cards, term deposits and personal loans

  • Affected credit card customers may apply to defer repayments to their card for up to 90 days.
  • Customers wishing to purchase replacement goods may apply for a personal loan at a discounted interest rate with no establishment fee.
  • Westpac will waive interest rate adjustments for affected customers wishing to withdraw term deposits.
  • Customers experiencing severe hardship may also be offered a halt on all interest accrual on unsecured credit products for a period of up to three months.

Extending the Disaster Relief Package to support volunteer firefighters
The Disaster Relief Package has been extended to support volunteer firefighters active in fighting the current bushfires across NSW, Victoria & South Australia and offers financial assistance to affected customers including:

  • Home loan repayment deferral for up to 3 months
  • Interest waivers, fee cancellations and term extensions
Last Updated: 2nd of November 2020
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NAB Disaster Relief Fund Grant Closes: Unknown Value: Varies Run By: NAB Further Information: https://www.nab.com.au/about-us/social-impact/customers/natural-disaster-and-crisis-support

Additional support now available for NAB business and agribusiness customers directly impacted by bushfires includes:

  • $2,000 grants to help restart or reopen and cover the cost of damaged property, equipment, fencing – and for loss of stock or livestock. NAB business and agribusiness customer wishing to access the grants should call NAB’s dedicated team on 1300 023 429 (8am-5pm, Mon-Fri; 9am-1pm, Saturday – AEST/AEDT)
  • Up to a three-year deferral of interest and repayments for existing NAB loans where individual circumstances warrant
  • A commitment not to foreclose upon, or force the sale of existing loans for up to three years
  • $1 billion in concessional loans to customers seeking support to restructure existing facilities to assist in repairs, restocking and re-opening for business
  • Support and counselling by making NAB’s Employee Assistance Program available to customers.
Last Updated: 2nd of November 2020
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