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Special Disaster Grant - Bushfires

ClosedGrant Closed: 15th of December 2020 for affected Northern Inland LGAs Value: Up to $75,000 Run By: Rural Assistance Authority Further Information: https://www.raa.nsw.gov.au/disaster-assistance/special-disaster-grant-bushfires

The Special Disaster Grant - Bushfire is available to eligible primary producers, following the declaration of a Natural Disaster by the NSW Government, and following the approval of the Australian Government. This assistance measure is only provided in event of Natural Disasters that have severely affected communities, regions or sectors.


In the Northern Inland, businesses in the Armidale, Glen Innes Severn, Inverell, Tenterfield and Walcha LGA's affected by the bushfires may be eligible.

Grants are provided to help pay for the costs of clean up, reinstatement activities and emergencymeasures associated with the immediate recovery of primary production enterprises. Eligible claims may cover:

  • Hiring, leasing or purchase of equipment and/or materials to undertake clean-up
  • Additional labour costs (above and beyond normal wage expenditure, i.e. day-to-day staffing)
  • Disposing of damaged goods and injured or dead livestock, including associated costs
  • Repairing a building or repairing or replacing fittings in a building, if the repair or replacement is essential for resuming operation of the primary production enterprise. (Funding is not available for repairs to a building that is used as a dwelling, unless it is used for carrying on the primary production enterprise, for example staff accommodation)
  • Repairing or replacing fencing and horticultural netting (not covered by other assistance)
  • Reconditioning/repairing essential plant and equipment, including repairing damage to, or replacing, water tanks, de-silting dams, water reticulation systems, forestry equipment,aquaculture and fishing equipment,
  • Salvaging (but not replacing) crops, grain, feed, fertiliser and timber
  • Health assessment, treatment and maintenance for livestock, poultry and aquaculture species,
  • Purchase of fodder, grain, and feeds for livestock and poultry and supplementary pollen or pollen substitute,  and/or stock agistment costs, and associated transport costs (not covered by otherassistance),
  • Purchase or hire/lease costs for equipment essential to the immediate resumption of the business (e.g. energy equipment such as generators and solar panels for non-residentialpurposes),
  • Replacement of essential water used for firefighting purposes,
  • Water cartage
  • Payment for tradespeople to conduct safety inspections
Last Updated: 15th of October 2020
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