Healthy North Coast is inviting communities affected by the 2019-20 bushfires to apply for grants of up to $10,000.
The grants are to fund grassroots community-focused health and wellbeing initiatives. They are being made available through Healthy North Coast’s PHN program. The funding is under the Commonwealth’s ‘Supporting Communities in Recovery’ initiative.
Healthy North Coast CEO Julie Sturgess said last summer’s bushfires left a lasting impact on many North Coast communities.
“Community spirit is vital to the resilience and recovery of towns and villages impacted by the bushfires and to the emotional healing of individual community members,” Ms Sturgess said.
“The activities occurring under this program will aim to strengthen social connectedness and emotional wellbeing, as well as assist communities to recover and heal from the bushfires.”
The grants, which are available until 31 March 2021, are open to local organisations in bushfire-affected communities for activities that promote:
Organisations and community groups based in or operating within the following local government natural disaster-declared areas are eligible to apply to Healthy North Coast for funding:
Ms Sturgess said a wide range of community organisations may be eligible for the grants. These include Aboriginal or cultural groups, church-affiliated groups, playgroups and children’s groups, groups for older people, women’s groups, men’s groups, youth groups, sporting groups, local community associations, school-affiliated groups, firefighting brigades, charities, animal welfare and wildlife organisations.
Grant applicants must include an ABN in the organisation’s name. All applicants will be assessed for eligibility and to ensure their proposed activity meets the program’s objectives. There are two levels of funding available:
To apply for a ‘Supporting Communities in Recovery’ grant:
More information on the ‘Supporting Communities in Recovery’ grants, including detailed eligibility and assessment criteria, is available at hnc.org.au/bushfire-support-grants or by emailing: [email protected]
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In an emergency call 000 or go to your nearest hospital emergency department.
*The Supporting Communities in Recovery program is an Australian Government initiative funded through Mental Health Support for Australians Affected by the 2019-20 Bushfires.
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