Published on Oct 13, 2020

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Support for bushfire recovery continues with Phase 2 of the Bushfire Community Recovery and Resilience Fund (BCRRF).

Phase 2 will provide more than $25 million to promote community well-being, social and future disaster resilience.

Applications for Stream 2 are now open and allow for more immediate funding to flow to local councils, community groups and not-for-profit organisations, whilst supporting communities with medium and longer-term projects.

The Australian Government continues its commitment to bushfire impacted communities on their journey to recovery.  It’s through the work and ideas of local communities that recovery is achieved and resilience is strengthened.

This funding allows communities to invest in projects that will directly benefit recovery efforts and help communities across New South Wales build back better.

Stream 2 will provide grants between $20,000 and $300,000 for social recovery and preparedness projects, which could include education programs about how to best prepare for future hazards and community activities to bring people together.

This brings the total BCRRF to over $35 million jointly funded by the Commonwealth and NSW under Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements and is in addition to measures supported through the National Bushfire Recovery Fund.

Examples of projects eligible for funding could include but are not limited to:

  • Regional social events and digital communication initiatives that support social recovery, commemoration and improve community connectedness;
  • Programs and initiatives that support community recovery and well-being including support for connectedness, improved identity of place, cultural heritage and environmental restoration;
  • Community education programs to improve regional knowledge and resilience in response and preparedness to future natural disasters and how to be better prepared for hazards into the future;
  • Local and Regional community strengthening activities that focus specifically on capacity building, and knowledge building and sharing.

The BCRRF is administered by Resilience NSW and more information can be found here Emergency NSW

For enquiries relating to the application form please contact the Resilience NSW via email at

Access the eligibility criteria and application guidelines here.

Cessnock City Council is looking to support as many worthy projects as we can to maximise the funding available. Applications for Stream 2 close on 10 November.

If you would like to talk to Council’s Economic Development Team to discuss your application please email .