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$1.5 million for NSW from bushfire recovery grants program

15 June 2021

Thirty New South Wales projects have been allocated funds totalling $1.5 million. This was made possible by you through the Bendigo Bank Bushfire Community Recovery Grants Program.

This funding is in addition to the $3.3 million Youth Education and Workplace Pathways grants which benefited 1,126 young people in NSW. This program was jointly funded with The Salvation Army.

The grants program, launched in 2020, is specifically to fund community recovery projects. It's designed to rebuild and strengthen the social fabric of communities impacted by the 2019/2020 Black Summer Bushfires.

Prioritisation will be given to initiatives that aim to promote:

  • resilience and recovery of individuals,
  • community connectedness and recovery,
  • economic restoration,
  • conservation and re-establishment of the natural environment.

Braidwood Life Centre will manage two of the bushfire recovery initiatives. The first is $30,000. It will fund the Community Recovering Creatively After Traumatic Bushfires project. The centre will provide free counselling/therapy for fire affected individuals and families. An art therapy and coffee group will also be offered to enable community connections and healing through art.

A $50,000 bushfire recovery grant will fund the second project. It will assist the continued development of Gumtree Cottage. This emergency housing project will provide housing for those in need in times such as disaster.

Gumtree cottage in final stages of build.

Below is the list of successful recipients from the grants program. These projects made possible through the generous donations to the NSW Bushfire Appeal:

Braidwood Life Centre Inc Gumtree Cottage emergency housing project
Braidwood Life Centre Inc Community recovering creatively after traumatic 2019/2020 bushfires
Yumaro Limited Sanctuary of Support (SOS)
Canberra PCYC Good Grief - Seasons for growth program
Country Education Foundation of Australia CEF NSW Local foundation bushfire matched funding scholarships
South East Arts Art month Sapphire Coast studio tours, art events, and exhibitions
RED Inc (Realising Every Dream Incorporated) RED Inc. recovery and resilience program
BackTrack Works BackTrack Works mid-north coast bushfire recovery
Australian Mercy GDay farmer container homes - temporary housing alternative
Manning Valley Neighbourhood Services Inc The validation project
Tumut Art Society Inc Tumut Art Society website
The Shed of Hope Inc Tool library & mobile tool library and maintenance + op costs + water tanks
Lions Club of Tumbarumba Tumbafest 2021
Shoalhaven Suicide Prevention and Awareness Network Connecting young people to resilience
CatholicCare Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains Bushfire recovery community worker
The Ulladulla & Districts Community Resources Centre Active interventions
Southern Youth Family Services People assisting youth in bushfire affected regions
Rotary Club of Pambula Community recovery through entertainment
BlazeAid Inc iPads - data collection of statistics for BlazeAid camps
Braidwood Lions Club BBQ trailer replacement
Braidwood Community Arts Association Inc Firey film night: community wellness outreach
Eden Community Access Centre Inc Wonboyn Strings of Connection
Rotary Club of Tumut All together Adelong festival
All Saints Pappinbarra Church  Purchase of the All Saints Pappinbarra Church
Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal Investing in rural community futures
Mumbulla Foundation Mumbulla Foundation continuing education fund
Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre Smartenup - Phillips Hall air conditioning
Connecting Communities Australia Wyndham Skate Park, playground upgrade and resilience and recovery event
GLENRAC Inc Upgrading Tonnington Hall as an evacuation centre - Tonnington NSW
The Little Pocket Association Regeneration - creative bushfire recovery project

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