Community organisations, businesses, and councils in local government areas that were disaster-declared due to the 2019-20 bushfires can apply for grants of up to $10 million for bushfire recovery projects from next week.
Armidale Regional Council's general manager James Roncon held a meeting on Thursday to discuss potential projects with his managers.
"Council is excited by the opportunities this funding presents for our community, and we plan on taking advantage of this by applying for projects that will help the region recover from the physical and financial impacts of the 2019-20 bushfires," Mr Roncon told the Express.
The Australian Government has announced a new grants program designed to assist communities impacted by the 2019-20 Black Summer bushfires.
The grants range from $20,000 to $10 million, and to help people understand how the new program works, a workshop will be held in Armidale on August 2.
Deputy Prime Minister and Member for New England Barnaby Joyce said it's important people understand how the grants work, so they are ready to apply when applications open.
"These grants are a great chance to get stuff done in our local area, helping our communities recover from the Black Summer bushfires and boost our resilience for the future," Mr Joyce said.
"Walcha is one of the areas covered by the grants, with $1.6 million earmarked for projects in our area - so get your thinking caps on and start planning your application.
"The workshop will be really handy, so book in if you can make it. If you can't get to Armidale, there are online workshops and videos too.
"The workshops and videos will help you get into the nitty-gritty detail of the guidelines and make sure you understand the criteria to put forward your best application."
Coordinator-General for the National Recovery and Resilience Agency, Shane Stone, said the Agency is rolling out the grants with money from the National Bushfire Recovery Fund.
"True to my agency's guiding principle of 'locally-led, locally understood and locally implemented', we have designed this program to be as simple and flexible as possible, so recovering communities can develop local projects that are appropriate for their needs," Mr Stone said.
Applications for the Black Summer Bushfire Recovery (BSBR) grants will be open from July 22 to 2 September 2021, with grant guidelines released early to give people extra time to plan.
For more information and to register for the Armidale workshop click here
Guidelines and the preview application form are available here
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