Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien

July 21, 2021

Organisations in the South Burnett, North Burnett, Gympie and Toowoomba council areas have been invited to apply for a share of $280 million for projects to assist in bushfire recovery.

The Federal Government has released guidelines for the Black Summer Bushfire Recovery grants program which aims to provide funding directly to fire-affected communities to help in their ongoing recovery after the 2019-20 bushfires.

Grants of between $20,000 and $10 million are available, covering up to 100 per cent of the cost of eligible projects.

“This grants program is a great opportunity for bushfire-affected communities to invest in recovery and resilience, through projects that address the social and economic needs of their community,” Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien said.

“Suitable initiatives can include projects to create or support local jobs; promote interstate or overseas trade such as rebuilding infrastructure to support commercial activities, or tourism-related activities; right through to projects that enhance the cultural life of the community; address health impacts of the fires; or benefit of Indigenous people or communities.

“I encourage local organisations to look at the guidelines, consider their community’s needs and start planning projects – you know your local area best, so have a think about what a share of this funding could be used for that would really benefit your community and help with recovery.”

Applications open on Thursday (July 22) and close on September 2.

Guidelines and the preview application form are available from the Business Grants Hub

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