Recovery Grants of up to $75,000 have been extended to farmers in 15 local council areas in
Victoria, to help the community recover after the recent bushfires.
The grants are available in the Ararat, Alpine, Ballarat, East Gippsland, Glenelg, Golden
Plains, Indigo, Mansfield, Northern Grampians, Pyrenees, Southern Grampians, Towong,
Wangaratta, Wellington and Wodonga local council areas.
Another five programs will be rolled out under a jointly-funded $86 million Victorian
Bushfires Community Recovery Package.
Funds are being made available for immediate recovery works, as well as for programs that
will be designed and implemented with bushfire affected communities over the coming
months as local recovery committees are formed.
Community and Emergency Services Health ($10 million) – boosting mental health
services and support people impacted by fire including emergency service personnel
Community Recovery Hubs ($15 million) – one-stop shops for recovery services and
programs, including mobile hubs to help dispersed communities and take services to
- Community Recovery Committees ($6 million) – to help local councils and
communities develop locally-driven recovery plans that reflect their needs
- Community Recovery and Resilience Grants ($35 million) –to support locally-led
programs that will assist community connection, engagement and resilience, and
- Immediate Reconstruction and Rebuilding Program ($20 million) – funding for
temporary housing and repairing damage to water assets and infrastructure.
Minister for Natural Disaster and Emergency Management David Littleproud said the
package would help fire-hit Victorians take the lead in rebuilding their communities.
“We want a locally-led recovery, not a Canberra-led recovery,” Minister Littleproud said.
“The recovery will take some time, which is why the repairs need to start now.
“The $75,000 grants will let farmers start rebuilding things like fences and sheds so they can
get back to work sooner.
“A package is also being developed for small businesses, which will be announced soon.
“Getting communities back to work is one of the best ways to help a community recover.
“We will stand shoulder-to-shoulder with these communities and make further assistance
available as it is needed.”
Victorian Minister for Police and Emergency Services Lisa Neville said a local approach would
ensure the best outcomes for affected communities.
“These are immediate and practical support measures that will help local residents and
communities as they recover and rebuild after these unprecedented fires.”
“This is initial funding that will go to those who need it most and is additional to the support
already being provided by the Victorian Government.”
The Victorian Bushfires Community Recovery Package will be jointly funded under the
Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).
Bushfire Recovery Victoria is working closely with the Commonwealth and state and local
government to streamline assistance and support individuals, businesses and communities
to get back on their feet.
More information on how to access the grants and register interest will available at