Supporting bushfire-affected communities

11 August, 2020Posted in: Community
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Wingecarribee Shire Council in partnership with the NSW Government is launching a Social Recovery Small Grants Program to support communities recovering from the 2019/20 bushfires.

Grants of up to $5,000 are available for recovery-focused health and wellbeing projects in the Wingecarribee Shire.

Council’s Coordinator Community Development, Cath Brennan, said the program would support collaborative approaches to recovery with a view to long term community health, wellbeing and connectedness.

“We believe that programs which are instigated and led by affected residents will have a greater uptake and more positive influence than many externally organised programs,” Ms Brennan said.

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

Funding is available for programs and activities that reflect one or more of the simple and proven actions outlined in the 5 Ways to Wellbeing framework: connect, be active, take notice, keep learning and give.

Applicants can access the Social Recovery Small Grants Program guidelines and application form from Council’s website at

Applications close at 4pm on Friday 28 August 2020.

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

For more information contact Council’s Coordinator Community Development on phone 4868 0888.