In recognition of the second anniversary of the Black Summer bushfires, Bega Valley Shire Council has opened applications to the Community Recovery Contribution Program to support community-led recovery activities.
Council’s Director of Community, Environment and Planning, Alice Howe said a financial contribution of up to $2,500 is on offer to community groups or organisations for activities that reach bushfire-affected residents and property owners in their community.
“The Black Summer bushfires affected most of our shire for over two months. As we approach the start of the second anniversary, it’s important to recognise that every person, family and community is at a different place in their recovery journey,” Dr Howe said.
“This small grants program aims to help communities and individuals acknowledge their anniversary in a way that is meaningful for them, and to support their ongoing recovery journey.
“Events or activities should respond to an identified community need and have a positive impact for the local community or environment.
“Ideally, the outcome of these activities will be improved social connection, resilience, and health and wellbeing.”
Dr Howe encourages groups and organisations to work collaboratively across their community when planning recovery activities.
“If you’re not part of an incorporated group, but you have a great idea and are not sure how to get it off the ground, Council staff can help you,” she said.
Those requiring assistance can contact Council’s Community Development and Engagement Team on (02) 6499 2222 or email [email protected].nsw.gov.au
For first round consideration, applications need to be submitted by COB Friday 17 December.
Applications submitted after this date will be assessed weekly from 10 January 2022 until 31 March 2022 or until funds are expended.
Please note: No grants will be awarded between 23 December 2021 and 10 January 2022.
Activities funded through the Community Recovery Contribution Program must be completed and acquitted by 30 June 2022.
Image Credit: Bega Valley Shire Council