Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund - Applications Extended 28 January 2021

16 Dec 2020

The Bushfire Local Economic Recovery (BLER) grants are available to support economic and social recovery in areas impacted by the 2019- 2020 bushfires. The BLER Fund is intended to support job retention and creation, strengthen community resilience, and reduce the impact of future natural disasters.

The grant funding for individual projects is dependent on the project type.

  1. Infrastructure projects must seek a minimum of $400,000 with a maximum available grant of $20 million.
  2. Environmental projects including rehabilitation, remediation and resilience improvements must seek a minimum of $200,000 with a maximum available grant of $4 million.
  3. Programs, including social, business, and environmental education initiatives must seek a minimum of $200,000 with a maximum available grant of $4 million.

An applicant must be one of the following entities:

  • Councils
  • Joint Organisation of Councils
  • not-for-profit organisations, including business chambers, industry associations and charities
  • research or academic organisations
  • State Government corporations
  • Local Aboriginal Land Councils.

To be eligible projects must:

  • support the recovery of the local community’s economy, social well-being, environment or improve resilience to future natural disasters
  • align with one of the following categories: enabling infrastructure
    • industry and business development
    • social development
    • natural environment and resource development-built environment adaption.
  • projects need to be completed by June 2023.

Applications close at 2pm, Thursday 28 January 2021.

For further details, including how to apply visit the Department of Regional NSW website.


The following general resources may help with information/guidance on submitting Grant applications.

The Australian Red Cross Applying for Community Grants webinar is available on their website.

The Shoalhaven City Council Grants Webinar can be viewed on the Council website.

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