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Grants available for community-led bushfire recovery

30 April, 2021Posted in: Community
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Wingecarribee Shire Council in partnership with the NSW Government is set to launch a third round of the Bushfire Community Recovery Small Grants Program to support local communities recovering from the 2019/20 bushfires.

Grants of up to $10,000 are available to assist not-for-profit organisations and associations across the Southern Highlands.

Council’s Acting Deputy General Manager, Ms Danielle Lidgard, said the grants program aims to support and strengthen the long-term health and wellbeing of bushfire impacted communities.

“We believe that programs which are instigated and led by impacted residents and community groups will have a greater uptake and more positive influence for the community,” Ms Lidgard said.

“The losses our bushfire impacted residents and communities have experienced can only truly be appreciated by someone that has walked in their shoes.”

Key projects to be supported by the Bushfire Community Recovery Small Grants Program include programs and initiatives that seek to improve health and wellbeing, strengthen community resilience and provide greater opportunities for community connection.

A total of $30,677 in grant monies has been allocated under the scheme for Highlands-based applications of between $2,000 and $10,000.

This is in addition to the $54,323 distributed in rounds one and two of the program. Successful recipients included The Men’s Table and Southern Tablelands Arts.

Applicants can access the Bushfire Community Recovery Small Grants Program guidelines and application form from Council’s online consultation hub at www.yoursaywingecarribee.com.au/bushfire-recovery.

Successful applicants from previous rounds are eligible to apply for additional projects.

Applications open on Monday 3 May and close at 4pm on Monday 24 May 2021.

The Bushfire Community Recovery Small Grants Program is proudly funded by the NSW Government in association with Wingecarribee Shire Council.

For more information contact Council’s Community Recovery Officer on phone 4868 0888 or email communityrecovery@wsc.nsw.gov.au.