Communities First


Nillumbik Shire Council has received funding from the State Government ‘Safer Together’ program to facilitate community-led bushfire preparedness with Nillumbik’s rural communities.

The Communities First Project will support and strengthen existing community bushfire preparedness initiatives, while looking for new opportunities to collaborate with community members and agencies to ensure we are well prepared when bushfires occur in our Shire.

Community Bushfire Preparedness and Resilience Grants

Council is offering grants of up to $2000 to local organisations and community groups to deliver projects that help communities to prepare for bushfires and bounce back after emergencies. 

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

Projects will receive ongoing support from Communities First Project Officers with development and delivery of their project.

Please discuss your project with a Communities First Project Officer before applying via or 9433 3111. 

Applications will open on Wednesday 1 December 2021 and will close on 31 July 2022 or earlier if funds are expended.

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Supporting a community-based approach to bushfire preparedness

The project utilises a place based, inclusive approach to meeting the unique needs of different communities by working together to use resources and share local insight to improve bushfire preparedness. This project reflects key priorities from the Nillumbik Bushfire Mitigation Strategy which recognises the importance of collaboration between agencies and community in bushfire preparedness and risk awareness initiatives.

Council recognises that different communities are already leading successful fire preparedness initiatives and we wish to explore what else we can do together.

For further information or to get involved, speak with our Communities First Project Officer on 03 9433 3111 or email