Community Bushfire Preparedness and Resilience Grants

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Applications currently open 

Nillumbik Shire Council has been funded through the Victorian Government ‘Safer Together’ initiative to strengthen relationships, build capacity and create ongoing resilience within Nillumbik’s bushfire prone communities.

Council is offering one-off funding opportunities for not-for-profit organisations and community groups to deliver initiatives that help bushfire preparedness and community resilience with bushfire prone communities in Nillumbik.

Grant applicants that partner with other community groups, organisations or agencies (including local fire brigades) are strongly encouraged to apply.

Community Bushfire Preparedness and Resilience Grants provide the funds to deliver community led initiatives that are responsive to the broad ways communities prepare for bushfire.

What can be funded?

Funding is available to assist with an initiative to deliver activities such as but not exclusive to:

  • Capacity building workshops
  • Virtual or in person events (which meet COVID-Safe requirements)
  • Online training
  • Social connectedness activities that build bushfire preparedness

To be successful in receiving funding projects must build community capacity and demonstrate the following:

  • Social connectedness
  • Risk and vulnerability
  • Planning and procedures
  • Enhance or create resources
  • How the activity builds community bushfire preparedness
  • Be place based and benefit communities that are bushfire prone
  • Involve a partnership with at least two key stakeholders
  • Align with two key goals of the Bushfire Mitigation Strategy(PDF, 7MB)

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for the Community Bushfire Preparedness and Resilience Grants, applicants must:

  • Deliver projects that benefit bushfire preparedness and resilience in rural Nillumbik. This criteria is linked to the funding provided under the Victorian Government’s Safer Together funding with priority given to projects benefiting rural communities including Strathewen, St Andrews, Panton Hill, Christmas Hills, Bend of Isles, Smiths Gully, Hurstbridge and North Warrandyte
  • Be a not-for-profit incorporated organisation or community group that lives, works, studies, volunteers or plays in rural Nillumbik
  • Be auspiced by an incorporated organisation if applicants are unincorporated or an individual. Organisations can auspice multiple applications
  • Commercial businesses can partner with a not-for-profit organisation or community group as long as the project demonstrates broad community benefit. Application must come from not-for-profit or community group
  • Hold a minimum of $10 million public liability insurance
  • Have satisfactorily acquitted all grants previously awarded by Council

More information

The Community Bushfire Preparedness and Resilience Grants are partnership grants between community groups and/or agencies or not-for-profits and Council. Ongoing support will be provided by Emergency Project Resilience Officer (EPRO), Edwina Moran, to support community groups throughout project development and implementation.

Please download a copy of the grant guidelines and speak with Edwina prior to applying.

Applications will be reviewed by Community Partnership Officers and authorised by Executive Manager Governance, Communications and Engagement. Allow up to 10 working days to be notified of the application outcome.