The $280 million Black Summer Bushfire Recovery (BSBR) Grants program will help communities address priorities for recovery and resilience after the 2019-20 bushfires.


Key facts

It covers every Local Government Area that was disaster declared as a result of the 2019-20 bushfires.

Community organisations, businesses and local councils can apply.

  • Applications will open for submissions on 22 July 2021 and close on 2 September 2021.
  • Successful projects will be announced by the end of 2021.
  • You can apply for a grant of between $20,000 and $10 million.

Guidelines were released on 1 July, to give communities as much time as possible to think about remaining bushfire recovery needs and to start planning project applications.

What kind of projects are eligible for funding?

Many different types of projects are eligible for support through this grants program – but they must be about the recovery and/or resilience of communities impacted by the 2019-20 Black Summer bushfires.

Project activities must be located in an eligible LGA and projects need to have the support of the community they are aimed at helping. Project activities can also be located in more than one eligible LGA.

You can apply for a grant of between $20,000 and $10 million.

Projects must be completed by 31 March 2024.

Projects must address one or more of the following:

  • social recovery and resilience needs;
  • economic recovery and resilience needs; and/or
  • recovery and resilience needs of the built environment.

More than $200 million has already been directed towards environmental bushfire recovery under the National Bushfire Recovery Fund. Consequently, the Black Summer Bushfire Recovery grants will be directed towards initiatives that support social, economic and built environment recovery and resilience.

It is important to know what all the grant guidelines are so you can submit the best application for your project - see link below.

The Department will be hosting in-person and online workshops to assist with applications. To attend an online workshop, or find details on an in-person workshop, and to read the grant guidelines, see links below.