In its ninth round of funding, 25 recipients have been chosen for Victoria’s Bushfire Recovery Grants for Community Facilities as the state continues to rebuild following the 2019-2020 bushfire season.
Grant recipients include $45,000 to Whitfield Recreation Reserve Committee of Management to upgrade a playground and $50,000 to the Tamboon Inlet Community Association Incorporation to build a bushfire storage facility.
Another $49,975 is set for Corryoing Historic Machinery Club to install solar panels and battery storage as part of an energy system.
Victorian minister for emergency services Jaclyn Symes said those selected contribute meaningfully to their respective communities and encouraged more recipients to apply.
“We’ve always said that locals are best placed to tell government what they need to recover and rebuild – these grants help communities achieve those much-needed projects,” Symes said.
Other recipients include $50,000 to Corryong Opportunity Shop for renovations, more than $45,000 to Chiltern Rodeo Club Committee to build an arena and stockyards, and $50,00 to Scout Association of Australia Victorian Branch to make toilets and showers accessible.
A full list of recipients is available online, with applications open to apply for the grant until 30 June 2022.
The state’s Department of Treasury and Finance estimates 1.3 million hectares of land were burned during the summer of 2019-2020, with $2.3 billion worth of insurance claims from the disaster from the Insurance Council of Australia.