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Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Grants

Communities still recovering from the 2019-20 bushfires will soon have access to a new Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Grants program from the Australian Government.

The new grants program will help communities address priority work that hasn’t yet been supported under other funding programs.

The grants will fund projects to support social, economic, built and environmental recovery.

Timing and criteria

Applications will open mid-2021, with guidelines to be released beforehand.

The grants are focused on local government areas that were disaster declared after the 2019-20 bushfires.

The government is currently working through the criteria and processes, to make it as simple and flexible as possible for communities.

The program is being flagged early, to give people time to think about the kinds of projects they want funded in their area.

We expect the new grants to fund a broad range of  projects – from community wellbeing projects right through to projects that support the recovery of local economies and natural and built environments.

Full details to be available as part of grant guidelines in mid-2021.


The Black Summer Grants Program is worth $280 million, and comes from the National Bushfire Recovery Fund.

The funding is comprised of the $98.5 million earmarked for Complementary Projects, on top of underspends from a number of demand driven programs that are now closed.

Delivering this remaining funding through the new grants program will help communities continue their recovery, making sure that every dollar from the National Bushfire Recovery Fund is being used where it’s needed most.

Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Grant Form