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Bushfire Relief Grants

If you or anyone you know has been affected by the bushfires, help is available in the form of Commonwealth and State grants as well as counselling services.  If you need assistance in understanding what is open to you, please contact Zali's Grants Officer.

There is financial assistance for legal expenses for participation in the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements, please click here.

NSW Bushfire Recovery Grants Program

This grant provides assistance to small businesses or non-profit organisations who suffered direct damage to their premises or equipment as a result of the NSW 2019-20 bushfire event (beginning August 2019).

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.

The Bushfire Recovery Grant replaces the Disaster-Recovery Grant of up to $15, 000 for small business that was administered by the RAA.  If you have applied for that grant, your application will still be processed. If you've already received a payment for the RAA grant, the amount you received will be deducted from the maximum amount of $50,000 available under this new grant. That means that if you received $15,000 from the RAA, the maximum you can apply for in this application is $35,000.

For more information, please click here.

NSW Rural Assistance Authority – Natural Disaster Relief Loan (Sporting & Recreation Clubs)

This program assists sporting and recreation clubs directly affected by a declared natural disaster. It can help meet the costs of restoring essential club facilities, equipment or other assets that have been damaged or destroyed by a natural disaster.

The features of the loan include:
- Amount: Up to $10,000 is available
- Term: Up to 5 years
- Interest: 1.37% fixed interest rate for the term of the loan
- Repayments: Monthly repayments of principal and interest
- Fees and charges: No ongoing fees or charges
- Security: An Agreement from the members of the committee that the loan will be repaid

Assistance under this scheme by its nature is not compensatory, therefore applicants need to be in urgent and genuine need of assistance.

Applications for assistance must be lodged within six months of the declaration of a natural disaster.

Eligible applicants include sports and recreation clubs that must:
- Operate within a Local Government Area that has been declared a natural disaster and intend to re-establish within that Local Government Area.
- Have suffered significant loss or damage as a result of a natural disaster.
- Be unable to effect the necessary repairs or replacements, which are not recoverable through insurance, from their own resources and have exhausted alternative sources of assistance.
- Be in urgent and genuine need of financial assistance.

Assistance is not provided to clubs that have sizeable commercial operations or gaming areas – such clubs may include golf clubs, bowling clubs etc.

For more information, please click here.

NSW Rural Assistance Authority – Natural Disaster Relief Loan (Not for Profit Organisations)

This program assists voluntary non-profit organisations directly affected by a declared natural disaster. Low-interest rate loans are available for the restoration of essential facilities that have been damaged or destroyed by a natural disaster and may also be directed towards temporary storage or leasing of alternate premises.

The features of the loan include:
- Amount: Up to $25,000 is available
- Term: Up to 5 years
- Interest: 1.37% fixed interest rate for the term of the loan
- Repayments: Monthly, half-yearly, quarterly or annual repayments of principal and interest.
- Fees and charges: Security searches and registration; No ongoing fees or charges
- Security: Registered Mortgage over the land; Other security, including a mortgage from another person, may be considered.

Assistance under this scheme by its nature is not compensatory therefore applicants need to be in urgent and genuine need of assistance.

Applications for assistance must be lodged within six months of the declaration of a natural disaster.

Eligible applicants must:
- Be registered or incorporated as a not-for-profit organisation.
- Perform a service to the community or environment and are funded by grants or donations.
- Not perform a commercial function, charge a fee for service or represent commercial or industrial groups (e.g. industry bodies).
- Be within an area declared a natural disaster and have suffered damage to facilities or other assets as a direct result of the declared disaster event.
- Demonstrate that the organisation does not have the financial capacity to meet restoration costs from its own resources or insurance.
- Demonstrate that the organisation has the financial ability to repay the loan sought.
- Be unable to obtain assistance through normal channels.
- Provide security acceptable to the NSW Rural Assistance Authority.

For more information, please click here.

Relief and Recovery Directory for those affected by the bushfires

Immediate Emergency Assistance via Evacuation Centres and Disaster Welfare Assistance Points 1800 018 444 or visit www.emergency.nsw.gov.au

Emergency Transport Accommodation for short-term housing support 1800 422 322

Clean-up Assistance for cleaning up homes damaged or destroyed by recent fires: Insured Homes call your insurance company or Insurance Council of Australia 1800 734 621; Uninsured homes call 1800 88 55 39

Animal Welfare for emergency fodder, stock water and stock assessment 1800 814 647

Commonwealth Government Disaster Recovery Payment $1000 per adult and $400 per child 180 22 66

Commonwealth Government Disaster Recovery Allowance for short-term income 180 22 66

NSW Government Disaster Relief for low-income earners 1800 018 444

Primary Producer Assistance up to $15000 recovery grants, concessional loans and transport subsidies 1800 678 593

Small Business Assistance up to $15000 recovery grants and concessional loans 1800 678 593

Legal Assistance provided free of charge on insurance policies, employment, tenancy, credit and debt 1300 888 529

Potable Water Assistance for those not on town water supply where RFS has taken water or contaminated roofs with fire retardant 1800 018 444

Mental Health and Wellbeing Assistance 24/7 call 1800 011 511, Lifeline 13 11 14; Beyond Blue 1300 224 636; Mensline 1300 789 978; Kids Helpline 1800 551 800; Emergency 000

Farm Gate Councillors 1800 011 511

Sporting Club Assistance 1800 678 593

Church and Non-profit Organisation Assistance up to $15000 recovery grants and concessional loans 1800 678 593

Motor Vehicle Stamp Duty Relief if your car has been written off by bushfires 1300 139 814

Replacement of Documents including free replacement of licences, permits, certificates including birth, marriage, change of name and NSW Fair Trading permits/licences 13 77 88

Waste Disposal waived - please contact your local Council.

 

Photo: RFS online