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BUILDING LOCAL DISASTER RESILIENCE WITH NEW COMMUNITY GRANTS

Published date: Monday, 27 May 2019

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The inspiring community groups and organisations who provide invaluable support after natural disasters are encouraged to apply for the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government grants to assist them with their vital work.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott said $1.5 million is now available as part of the Community Resilience Innovation Program.

“Disasters can happen anywhere, and when communities are prepared and well connected they are better placed to respond and recover from these challenges,” Mr Elliott said.

“We know that the issues that local communities face in relation to natural disasters varies across the State and this program encourages communities to come forward with innovative approaches that meet their unique and local circumstances.”

The NSW Government and Commonwealth has already invested over $5.6 million into the Community Resilience and Innovation Program, supporting 57 disaster resilience projects in local communities across NSW.

Previous recipients include:

  • Meals on Wheels to develop a preparedness toolkit for emergency services and home support providers;
  • Inner Sydney Regional Council for Social Development to develop Disaster Preparedness and Management Plans for high-rise public and social housing complexes; 
  • Little River Landcare to develop the capacity of key local leaders in central west NSW to provide recovery support post disasters; and 
  • Tathra and Region Chamber of Commerce to develop the resilience of the local tourism industry through the development of individual business preparedness plans.

Applications are open to local community groups, not-for-profit organisations, local councils and government agencies until 23 July, 2019. To apply, or for more information on the Community Resilience Innovation Program, visit: https://www.emergency.nsw.gov.au/grants