The following bush-fire grants, support, and local donation information has been updated on 20 January 2020 and is in addition to the 13 January 2020 list below.
DISASTER ASSISTANCE RECOVERY GRANTS
Disaster recovery grants of up to $75,000 are now available to primary producers in areas affected by the NSW bushfires that have occured from 31 August 2019.
AUST GOVERNMENT BUSHFIRE SUPPORT PACKAGE FOR BUSINESS
20 January 2020. The Morrison government said grants valued at up to $50,000 and low-cost loans up to $500,000 will be available for about 192,000 firms estimated to be located in bushfire-affected areas. Existing extensions for business activity statement and GST lodgements will also be extended to late May under ongoing efforts from the tax office to ensure bushfire-hit firms aren’t worrying about their obligations.
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PAYMENT FINDER
An online tool to see what payments and services you may be eligible for.
FREE COUNSELLING, MENTAL HEALTH & REMOTE TELEHEALTH SERVICES
Free counselling and additional mental health support is available for individuals, families and emergency services workers affected by the bushfires.
SALVATION ARMY ASSISTANCE
The Salvation Army offers a range of services and assistance measures to help people who have been impacted by bushfires including:
- Financial assistance
- Emotional wellbeing and support services
- Information, referrals and advice.
COMMBANK BUSHFIRE RECOVERY GRANT
Up to $50,000 grants available to assist the longer-term recovery of organisations directly affected by the bushfires.
To be eligible to apply for a CommBank Bushfire Recovery Grant, each organisation must:
- Be a community organisation, fire service, school, sporting club or non-government organisation in a bushfire affected area, not an individual
- Need to replace or repair facilities or property which was lost or damaged by bushfire during the 2019-20 bushfire season and is not likely to be covered by insurance
- Be able to identify how repair or replacement of the facilities or property will benefit the community.
NATURAL DISASTER TRANSPORT SUBSIDY
Through the New South Wales Rural Assistance Authority, a natural disaster assistance transport subsidy is available to eligible farmers who are affected by a declared natural disaster event. This subsidy pays for the cost of transporting:
- Fodder and/or water to an affected property.
- Stock to sale or slaughter.
- Stock to/from agistment.
THE REECE GRANT
If you or a tradesperson you know is involved in a project to help rebuild in a community that has been affected by the Australian bushfires, click Apply Now to access the application form. All funds raised until 30 June 2020 will be dedicated to Bushfire Rebuild projects. The Reece Group have kick-started this fund with $150,000.
VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS’ FINANCIAL SUPPORT PROGRAM
Payments for eligible volunteer firefighters who are self-employed or employed by a small or medium business and have lost income. Payments of up to $300 per day, with a total cap of $6,000, will be available in the 2019-2020 financial year. The payments are tax-free and not means-tested.
SPEND WITH THEM BY TURIA PITT & GRACE MCBRIDE
Helping rebuild towns and businesses affected by fire through an Instagram #spendwiththem campaign. Businesses are reporting an incredible increase in sales after being featured on this page. This is not a grant, however is a great opportunity for businesses to get back on their feet.
WILDLIFE HEROES BUSHFIRE EMERGENCY FUND
Up to $100,000 is available to support bushfire related emergency activities over the 2019-20 financial year.
The program aims to achieve the following outputs:
- Increase number of wildlife emergency responders in NSW
- Decrease cost of emergency response to individual carers
- Increase number of wildlife that can be rescued and cared for during an emergency
- Enable wildlife groups to buy appropriate equipment and PPE for emergency response.
Eligible items the grant can pay for:
- Fuel vouchers for volunteers working on emergency operations
- Cages, tents, tables and other equipment
- Animal food and formula
- Feeding bottles, teats, syringes, needles, wipes
- Wraps and pouches
- Rehydration fluid and other first aid medication
- First aid kit materials
- PPE and safety equipment for volunteers including hats, sunscreen, fluoro vests, torches
- Water and food for volunteer refreshments
- Hiring fees for local hall or room to be used as a wildlife emergency operation centre.
The maximum grant available is $10,000 for groups and $1,000 for independent licence holders. It is expected that the average grant will be in the order of $2,500. Opens 15 January 2020. Closes 31 March 2020.
If your insurance company has said no to anything or you are unsure what they are offering, legal aid are just one phone call away to help you navigate what exactly you are entitled too. Shoalhaven is a declared disaster area and that will have an influence on your claim and payout. The number for legal aid Disaster Response is 1800 801 529. They are also available in person at the Civic Centre in Ulladulla
UNIVERSITY ASSISTANCE TO STUDENTS
If you are studying, various universities are offering cash assistance to their students.
ULLADULLA HIGH SCHOOL – DONATION & PODCAST
The recent catastrophic bushfires have devastated our town and surrounding area with ten of our students and one teacher having lost their homes completely. Wildlife has been lost and our community is struggling to cope with the effects. Our school is determined to rise from the ash and create a sanctuary for the entire student population and their families that will be a hub for support in response to the crisis and for many years to come. Will you help us?
The sanctuary will provide a safe environment for positive initiatives, enhancing student contributions to positive recovery and resilience. Whether you donate a lot or a little, your contribution will have an impact on future of our students and our community.
GREATER MOGO FIRE RECOVERY
The South Coast town of Mogo has recently been devastated by fires. While some businesses survived, others weren’t so lucky. The newly formed Greater Mogo Fire Recovery group is determined to work together to rebuild their community. Their goal is to gather a register of what can be done to help residents affected by the fires and then use all the resources available to complete those tasks.
A lot of well-intentioned help is being offered to the area at the moment, however, there is little organisation, focus, or clear communication. They aim to resolve this by having a register for volunteers as well as for residents who have skills, tools, time etc. to help rebuild their community.
OAKS BUSHFIRE SUPPORT
As a way to provide essential support to those affected by bushfires which continue to threaten civilians and their homes across Australia, Oaks Hotels, Resorts & Suites has announced that selected properties nationwide will offer complimentary rooms for up to seven days for those who have lost their homes. The offer is redeemable from now until the end of June 2020.
Bush-fire grants & support 13 January 2020
The provision of planning grants, low-cost finance, bill support and tourism marketing are expected to be discussed with Minister for Small Business Michaelia Cash and Minister for Emergency Management David Littleproud this week, as advocates meet with frontbenchers to develop a Commonwealth Assistance Plan.
Until further grants become available, here is a list of bush-fire recovery grants and support from the Federal Government, the NSW State Government and other organisations. We will endeavour to update this list as more support becomes available.
If you’re in a position to donate, please refer to the info below for local groups.
DISASTER RECOVERY ALLOWANCE
Support for people who can show they lost income as a direct result of the bushfires in New South Wales in August 2019 through to January 2020.
Read guidelines here…
DISASTER RECOVERY PAYMENT
Support for eligible people adversely affected by the bushfires in New South Wales in August 2019 through to January 2020
Read guidelines here…
RURAL ASSISTANCE AUTHORITY
Disaster recovery grants of up to $15,000 are now available to primary producers, small businesses and not-for-profit organisations in Local Government Areas affected by the NSW bushfires that have occurred from 31 August 2019.
Eligibility and more info here…
NSW GOV. SMALL BUSINESS SUPPORT
A range of support is available from the NSW Government for small business.
See full list of support here…
RED CROSS EMERGENCY GRANT
If you’ve lost your home in a bushfire since July 2019, you can apply for an emergency grant of $5,000.
For livestock, produce, beekeepers and other forms of primary production.
More info here…
ATO BUSHFIRE SUPPORT
Follow this link to see how the ATO is assisting bush-fire impacted areas… The ATO have also setup a dedicated phone number for support – 1800 806 218
TELSTRA ASSISTANCE PACKAGE
Telstra has announced an assistance package for its residential and small business customers in New South Wales who have lost services due to fire.
Read more here…
FIRE IMPACTED SMALL BUSINESS CHECKLIST
SHOALHAVEN COUNCIL BUSHFIRE FAQS
EUROBODALLA COUNCIL BUSHFIRE SERVICES UPDATES
BEGA VALLEY BUSHFIRE SUPPORT
Milton Ulladulla Bushfire Appeal
Treading Lightly Inc.
BSB: 633-000 Account: 170066377
NSW Rural Fire Service
News story 13th January 2020.
Grants, loans and tourism support on the table as government moves to assist bushfire-hit SMEs
Please email or call us on 02 4455 5333 for more information.