PHN Bushfire Recovery Grant

Supporting our bushfire affected communities is important particularly as we navigate our way through the COVID-19 pandemic. As our communities begin to work towards recovery, we are calling for applications for the Bushfire Community Recovery Grants. The grants will fund grass roots community focussed health and wellbeing initiatives in the following local government areas:

  • Mid-coast
  • Tenterfield
  • Glen Innes Severn
  • Armidale
  • Walcha
  • Central Coast
  • Cessnock
  • Singleton

Grants of up to $10,000 are available through two tiers:

  • Level 1: up to $1,500 (GST excl) available for prompt release for new community gatherings
  • Level 2: $1,501 to $10,000 (GST excl) for wider-ranging or more comprehensive projects.

These are to support activities that help strengthen community connectedness, build peer support, and promote mental wellbeing and healing after the bushfires. Suitable activities could also include assisting community members to identify peers or family members who may need referral to professional and other services to address trauma or distress.

Examples of activities that could be funded:

  • Bringing the community together to support social skills, connectedness and build networks and friendships through group activities, e.g. community barbecues, regular coffee mornings, community meetings
  • Projects that are recovery focused and aim to build on the community’s and members’ resilience, healing and capacity building
  • Sharing information about available community resources and services and how to access them, including printing and photocopying information sheets and other items for dissemination
  • Assisting community members to identify peers or family members who may need referral to professional and other services to address trauma or distress
  • Engaging proactively with bushfire affected people in remote or isolated areas
  • Initiatives offering comfort, reassurance and assistance to communities and individuals to address practical needs and return to normal routines; and/or
  • Practical advice and skills development, e.g. for parents to help provide support for their children, addressing particular needs of isolated older people, or future bushfire planning and preparedness

To apply, complete the online application form here or visit 


The closing date for this round of grants will be the 19th of June 2020.

Successful applicants will be notified within two weeks of closing date.

A second round of grants will be released in July/August 2020.

If you have problems completing this form or would like to discuss your grant application, please contact Grants Manager, Melissa Collins on 0417 116 208 or email link).


The current health guidelines in relation to COVID-19 will mean that the many of the activities that may have been funded under the Bushfire Recovery grants will not be possible at this time eg BBQ’s and LARGE social gatherings.

The PHN recognises however, that perhaps more than ever our bushfire affected communities could use support to connect with each other and promote wellness and resilience.

There may be opportunities to support activities that are achieved via online or virtual platforms.

However, applications for events that will not be able to be held until COVID-19 restrictions are lifted are welcome if the events are held by June 2021.

Please note that successful applicants will be required to develop a risk plan to ensure the community’s risk of exposure to COVID-19 is minimised.

Open Date:   Mon 27/07/2020

Close Date:   Thu 31/12/2020