Guidelines for the $280m Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Grants now available

Friday, 02 July 2021

The guidelines for remaining bushfire recovery grants are now available, with the Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury communities encouraged to consider submitting projects for funding consideration. 

The Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management said that $280 million worth of grants will be on offer.


“These will be Commonwealth grants and is part of the initial $2 billion promised by the Commonwealth to be spent in the first 2 years after the Black Summer Bushfires,” Minister Littleproud said.


“The grants are to assist bushfire impacted communities continue their recovery.


This was always going to be a long recovery and the release of the guidelines today shows that the Government is standing by those impacted communities.


“To make it easier for communities to apply for the upcoming grants, the National Recovery and Resilience Agency is offering free support including workshops and webinars.”


Liberal Senator for Western Sydney, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, encouraged local community groups and organisations to apply. 


“This grants program is yet another valuable opportunity for our communities to identify and invest in recovery and resilience, through projects that address the social, economic or built environment needs of the community,” Senator Payne said.


“I encourage people in the Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury to look at the guidelines, consider our community’s needs and start planning projects.


“Applications open 22 July 2021 and close on 2 September 2021.”

$1.6 billion from the National Bushfire Recovery Fund has been spent and the balance remains available to support communities impacted by the 2019-20 Black Summer bushfires.


To date, the Blue Mountains has received over $42 million in direct economic and financial support, including:

  • 1,271 businesses having received the $10,000 Small Business Grants, representing over $12 million;
  • 9,053 individuals have received Disaster Recovery Payments, representing over $10 million;
  • 38 properties have been cleared to a cost of over $2.7 million; 
  • Blue Mountains City Council received an emergency standalone payment of $1.3 million to repair damaged infrastructure and boost community resilience; and
  • Over $12 million for 11 community-led projects under stage 2 of the Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund. 

Workshops to assist applicants with the grant process will be available in person and online from mid July, subject to COVID-19 restrictions. 

The Black Summer Bushfire Grants program is part of the National Bushfire Recovery Fund. The National Recovery and Resilience Agency administers the grants. For more information and workshop details visit 

Guidelines and the preview application form are available from the Business Grants Hub at