Community Wellbeing and Resilience Flood Recovery Grants Program

Applications for the Healthy North Coast Community Wellbeing and Resilience Flood Recovery Grants Program are now open.

The Program will fund the delivery of community-based trauma and healing initiatives that support local recovery and build resilience following the recent flood events in Northern NSW.

Funding of $5 million is available over three years for community organisations in the Northern NSW local government areas of Tweed, Byron, Ballina, Lismore, Kyogle, Richmond and Clarence Valley.

The Community Wellbeing and Resilience Flood Recovery Grants program is funded by the NSW Government as part of the Northern NSW flood recovery package.

Please refer to our FAQs below, plus we have free grant writing assistance available.

Applications for funding will close 8am, 27 May 2022.

Funding is available for the following types of activity: 


  • Trauma-based education programs: Training and education programs such as trauma education or personal resilience programs that promote trauma-informed principles and practices.
  • Social and emotional wellbeing: Clinical or psychosocial trauma-informed interventions that improve wellbeing and increase emotional resilience.  For example, individual or group counselling, therapeutic groups or a series of workshops in schools, nature or community.
  • Cultural connection: Activities that strengthen cultural connection
  • Social and community connection: Initiatives that build individual or community connections to support recovery. Examples include, but are not limited to, neighbourhood networks, peer support groups, etc.

We know that communities understand their own needs best and our goal is to support the amazing work that is already happening on the ground by funding tailored, community-led local solutions.

We’re looking for innovative proposals that get people connecting, communicating, learning and supporting each other and tap into the existing social support networks across our region.

Trauma-based education programs are also important to give our community the tools to recover from the recent natural disasters.

What’s important is that your proposal demonstrates local engagement and leadership, is based on trauma-informed principles and provides evidence that links your approach with the proposed outcomes.

All organisations except government agencies are eligible to apply.

Applicants must be a legal entity and have an Australian Business Number (ABN) or Australian Company Number (ACN).

Organisations should operate within the impacted local government areas of Tweed, Byron, Ballina, Lismore, Kyogle, Richmond and Clarence Valley and be able to demonstrate local engagement, relationships and connections.

The application process will be managed through Tenderlink.

You must register for Tenderlink to:

  • Download the tender documents
  • View questions and answers
  • Ask questions
  • Submit your proposal

Applications close on Friday 27 May at 8.00am.

Need more help? Free assistance available!

We know that many people are focusing on the basics of recovery right now and writing grant applications can be overwhelming.

To support communities to participate, Healthy North Coast has partnered with Successful Grants to offer community organisations assistance with the application process.

Up to two hours free professional assistance is available for local community organisations. Support includes concept scoping, application review and feedback.

Successful Grants has also distilled the tender documents into an easy-to-read one-page document so that organisations can quickly assess their eligibility for the program. They have also provided a handy checklist for organisations to guide their application scoping.

If you are a community-based organisation and would like to access this assistance, please email [email protected].


All questions must be posted to the Tenderlink forum or emailed to [email protected].

Healthy North Coast staff cannot speak with potential applicants during the tender process.