The Bushfire Recovery Victoria (BRV) is now inviting local councils for the Community-led Recovery Support Grants program to support community groups involved in the planning and delivery of recovery initiatives and activities that benefit the broader community.
Support provided by LGAs will help community groups working in recovery cover small-scale operating costs, expenses associated with small-scale community clean-up activity, costs associated with developing up community recovery priorities and plans and delivery-ready projects identified by communities that will help foster community recovery, resilience and social connectedness.
The program objectives are:
- Providing financial assistance to progress community recovery and resilience priorities in June 2021 Flood and Storm impacted communities.
- Strengthen the capacity and capability of communities to plan for and lead their own recovery, as well as build community resilience to future disasters.
- Encourage community connectedness and cohesion through genuine community engagement and participation.
The total funding available under the grants program is $1.64 million with up to $320,000 available to individual Local Government Areas (LGAs), depending on the number of active recovery groups they are seeking to support.
The Community-led Recovery Support grants program will allow councils to provide direct support to community groups that are leading community recovery initiatives and activities.
Working with BRV, councils will submit a Grant Delivery Plan as part of the application process, outlining the proposal for delivery and implementation of support across their delivery areas. Examples of these include:
- Funding for community projects that advance community recovery, resilience and social connectedness.
- Small-scale operational costs and costs associated with setting up and/or operating community recovery groups.
- Professional support services to assist community groups in planning and delivering on community recovery and resilience initiatives.
- Costs associated with volunteers using their personal resources or equipment for community recovery and clean up initiatives.
Alternative initiatives not listed above may still be eligible, provided they are aligned with the program objectives and meet Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements guidelines governing the use and acquittal of funds.
This common understanding and agreement will be informed by the following considerations:
- What population reach or impact the community group is expected to have.
- How inclusive the group’s community engagement is expected to be.
- How long will the community group function and continue to support community.
- What level of existing support the community group may have internally or through council or other supports.
Which LGAs can apply?
BRV invites applications from the following LGAs that were impacted by the June 2021 Flood and Storm:
- Baw Baw Shire Council
- Cardinia Shire Council
- Hepburn Shire Council
- Latrobe City Council
- Macedon Ranges Shire Council
- Moorabool Shire Council
- South Gippsland Shire Council
- Wellington Shire Council
- Yarra Ranges Shire Council
Eligible LGAs can collaborate to submit a combined application, with a lead LGA identified to manage the funds if the application is successful.
For more information, visit https://www.vic.gov.au/community-led-recovery-support-grants