Bushfire Emergency Relief Payments
Vinnies is committed to helping those affected by the bushfires as they start to rebuild their lives, homes and businesses.
As well as providing relief through the Vinnies Bushfire Appeal and our everyday community services, Vinnies is distributing Emergency Relief Fund (ERF) payments on behalf of the Australian Government.
Eligible applicants are now able to complete and submit an online form to process their request. More information about eligibility and the application form for assistance can be found here.
Vinnies NSW Community Bushfire Grants
We are now accepting applications for the Vinnies NSW Community Bushfire Grant Program, helping communities on the journey to recovery.
One-off grants of up to $20,000 are available for organisations in bushfire-affected areas, providing funding for recovery projects that benefit multiple people.
Please read the attached member briefing document for an overview of the program and the program flowchart.
What are the grants for?
Vinnies NSW Community Bushfire Grants are available to fund local projects in bushfire-affected areas, helping multiple people to recover.
So far, Vinnies has focused our relief efforts on individuals, distributing quick cash payments to more than 4,560 households across the country.
Now as we move from immediate relief into long-term recovery, we are shifting our focus from individuals to communities – helping whole towns and regions to recover.
The Black Summer bushfires affected each community differently, and we know each place’s recovery needs are different. That’s why we are handing the reins over to local organisations – because you know your community better than anyone.
Grant-funded projects will take many forms, and we are open to innovative ideas. Your community group or organisation could apply for repairs to shared facilities such as a community hall; local assistance programs for bushfire-impacted families; funding to get an impacted community service back on its feet; recreational activities to bring the community together and promote healing; or counselling and educational programs linked to the experience of the fires. These are just a few examples.
Who is eligible?
You must be a registered community group or organisation in order to apply for a Vinnies NSW Community Bushfire Grant. Your organisation must be located in Australia and be directly assisting people in an identified NSW bushfire postcode.
We especially welcome grant applicants who can demonstrate they’ll make a difference for the most at-risk and disadvantaged groups. Our priority assistance groups include Aboriginal communities, culturally and linguistically diverse residents, people with disability, and people experiencing (or at imminent risk of) homelessness.
Grants will not normally be given to organisations that have already received funding from an alternative source for the same program, unless this forms part of a wider project (particularly where local groups are working together).
For the full eligibility criteria, please see the terms and conditions.
How do community groups apply?
Applications can be accessed via the website from the 27th July 2020.
The program timeline is as follows
A copy of the application form and the relevant terms and conditions can be accessed via the links below.
An example application has been completed as a guidance of what is expected. This can be accessed via the links below.
Who can I contact if I have questions?
There is a dedicated email address where you can send all questions
You can also call Mike Riley on 0435586442 who will be managing the process
How do I become a member of the committee?
Nomination forms will be available in the week beginning the 27th July.