Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Grants Program

The Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Grants Program supports the recovery efforts of communities in eligible Local Government Areas (LGAs) affected by the 2019–20 bushfires

The grant is no longer available

What do you get?

Approximately $276 million available over three years from 2021–22 to 2023–24.

Who is this for?

Applicants affected by the 2019-20 bushfires, who are in an eligible Local Government Area, which are listed at Appendix A of the grant opportunity guidelines.


The program will support a range of projects in eligible Local Government Areas (LGAs) affected by the 2019-20 bushfires to address community recovery and resilience needs.

Projects must be completed by 31 March 2024.

Support for applicants

There are a range of options to support applicants, including:

  • workshops - face-to-face information sessions providing information about the grants program, grants process and application process
  • webinars - virtual sessions providing the same information as the face-to-face workshops
  • e-Learning - resources about the grants program that will be available 24/7 online
  • one-on-one information sessions.

Find more about available support from the National Recovery and Resilience Agency website.


Eligible entities

To be eligible you must have an Australian business number (ABN) and be one of the following entities:

  • an entity incorporated in Australia
  • a company limited by guarantee
  • an incorporated association
  • an incorporated not for profit organisation
  • a non-distributive co-operative
  • an incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust
  • an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Corporation registered under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006
  • an Australian local governing agency or body as defined in Section 15 (for example, a Council)
  • Mount Hotham Alpine Resort Management Board (ABN: 93 938 780 598), the Falls Creek Alpine Resort Management Board (ABN: 21 789 770 569), or the Mt Buller and Mt Stirling Resort Management Board (ABN: 44 867 982 534)
  • an Australian Capital Territory government agency or body.

To be eligible your project must:

  • be aimed at supporting community recovery or resilience from the 2019–20 bushfires
  • be delivered in one or more eligible Local Government Areas (LGAs) listed in Appendix A of the grant opportunity guidelines
  • include eligible activities consistent with project activities listed in the grant opportunity guidelines
  • have at least $20,000 in eligible expenditure.


How do you apply?

The Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Grant is closed to applications.


Need help?

  • Let us answer your question via phone, email or webchat. And if we can't help, we'll put you in touch with someone who can.

  • Monday – Friday, 8am – 8pm across Australia

Grant recipients

View the 524 grant recipients under the Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Grants Program

Key documents

Grant opportunity guidelines

Sample application form

Standard grant agreement

Simple grant agreement