Regional Bushfire Recovery for Multiregional Species and Strategic Projects Program

The Regional Bushfire Recovery Multiregional Species Program supports bushfire recovery actions that will enhance the recovery and maximise the resilience of threatened species, ecological communities and natural assets, within the regions most impacted by the 2019–20 bushfires.

What do you get?

There is up to $16 million available for selected organisations who have been invited to apply.

Who is this for?

Selected organisations will be invited to apply for this grant opportunity.


The objective of this program is to deliver bushfire recovery actions in one or more of the seven priority bushfire impacted regions across Australia that address the recovery of identified animal or plant species and/or ecological communities impacted by the 2019–20 bushfires.

The program is confined to seven bushfire impacted regions within Australia that have been identified as those most vulnerable following the 2019–20 bushfires.

Projects must be completed by 30 May 2022.


What are the eligibility criteria?

To be eligible you must be an organisation invited to apply.

You are not eligible to apply if you are not an organisation invited to apply and/or not listed in Appendix A of the grant opportunity guidelines.


How do you apply?

You should read the grant opportunity guidelines and sample grant agreement before you apply.

To apply, you must submit your application through the online portal. You’ll need to set up an account when you first log into the portal. The portal allows you to apply for and manage a grant or service in a secure online environment.

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Before you apply, make sure you:

  • read the guidelines
  • read the sample application form
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We assess your application against the eligibility criteria and then against the assessment criteria. Only eligible applications will proceed to the assessment stage.

The amount of detail and supporting evidence you provide in your application should be relative to the project size, complexity and grant amount requested. You should define, quantify and provide evidence to support your answers. The sample application form displays character limits.

A committee will assess your application against the assessment criteria and will recommend which projects to fund.

The Minister will make the final decision.

To be competitive you must score highly against all of the assessment criteria.

Assessment criterion 1: How your project will help the recovery of animal or plant species and/or ecological communities and natural assets impacted by the 2019–20 bushfires (weighting 50%)

You should demonstrate this by describing your project and provide information that demonstrates:

  1. the locations where your project activities will take place (in relation to the 2019-20 bushfire-affected areas), the benefits your project will bring to the affected areas and the species that your project activities will target
  2. the benefits provided by your project activities and how these benefits will be maintained into the future, this could be demonstrated through:
    • the expected benefits for fire-affected plant and animal species, ecological communities, and natural assets, including Ramsar listed wetlands and World Heritage properties, within the seven bushfire regions identified as most impacted by the 2019-20 bushfires
    • the expected data and/or increased understanding of bushfire impacts or threats
    • the extent to which the grant activity involves local communities or community organisations including Indigenous partnerships and/or Traditional Owner engagement
    • the extent to which the project supports cross-jurisdictional collaboration.
  3. where you are expanding an existing project and activities are complementary to work that is underway, demonstrate alignment by:
    • filling a critical gap
    • expanding or supplementing an existing activity, or
    • extending the timeframe of an existing activity.

Assessment criterion 2: Capacity, capability and resources to deliver the project (weighting 50%)

You should demonstrate this by describing:

  1. your track record in delivering the same or similar project and your access to personnel with the knowledge, skills and experience in delivering your project activities
  2. your plan to manage the project, including a sound budget, timelines, risk management and governance arrangements (you will be required to attach a project plan to your application with detail appropriate to the size of your project)
  3. your readiness to commence the project with appropriate insurance, relevant approvals in place or ability to have them in place prior to commencement and allowing for restrictions arising from COVID-19 or bushfire measures
  4. how you will monitor and measure the success of your project.

If your application is successful, you’ll receive a written offer. If you are unsuccessful, we will give you an opportunity to discuss the outcome with us.

Successful applicants must enter into a grant agreement with the Commonwealth. The grant agreement will specify the reporting requirements, payment schedule and milestones necessary to receive payments.

Payments will be made by direct credit into a nominated bank account.

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Key documents

Grant opportunity guidelines

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Sample Grant Agreement

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Sample application form

pdf · 0.63 MB docx · 0.19 MB

Mapping tool user guide

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