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Organisations providing financial assistance

These funds are in addition to any other potential government or insurance payments.

Summary of financial assistance in New South Wales and the ACT through The Salvation Army, St Vincent de Paul and the Red Cross.

Community Grants

Type of assistance Who is eligible? How to access it
One-off Community Assistance Grant $20,000 Organisations in bushfire-affected areas, providing funding for recovery projects that benefit multiple people. Apply to St Vincent de Paul Society NSW

Bereavement

Type of assistance Who is eligible? How to access it
Bereavement payment $20,000 Identified Senior next of kin of people who have died in the fires Australian Red Cross We are working with state coroner’s offices to identify Senior next of kin. For more information, call 1800 733 276.

Residence

Type of assistance Who is eligible? How to access it
Primary Residence Repair grant $5,000 per household

Home owners whose primary place of residence has not been destroyed but needs structural repairs (i.e. walls, ceilings, windows) to make it safe to return home. This grant is only available to those who are experiencing financial hardship

Australian Red Cross Visit our Red Cross teams at recovery centres or outreach points.

Apply at redcross.org.au/grants (you will need proof of ID, address and bank details)

If your documents have been damaged or lost in the fires and cannot be replaced, please phone 1800 RED CROSS (1800 733 276).
Loss of Residence Grant
$7,500 to $9,000
Individuals and families whose principal place of residence (owned or leased) has been destroyed or rendered uninhabitable due to the 2019/2020 bushfires.

New applicants as well as those who previously received Phase 1 funding (prior to May 27) are encouraged to apply.

Email sal.disasters@salvationarmy.org.au
OR  call local bushfire outreach worker Rosalie Watson 0409 031 072
OR  visit Salvos teams at advertised outreach points.

Injury Grant

Type of assistance Who is eligible? How to access it
Injury grant $7,500 per person People who were hospitalised for 2 or more days as the direct result of physical injuries or mental health issues caused by the fires and are experiencing financial hardship as a result. Hospital admission needs to have occurred within two weeks of the bushfire starting. Australian Red Cross Visit our Red Cross teams at recovery centres or outreach points.

Apply at redcross.org.au/grants (you will need proof of ID, bank details, evidence of hospital admission and discharge) If your documents have been damaged or lost in the fires and cannot be replaced, please phone 1800 RED CROSS (1800 733 276).

Hardship

Type of assistance Who is eligible? How to access it
$1,000-$2,000

Individuals and families experiencing ongoing loss/hardship as a result of the 2019/2020 bushfires.

Email sal.disasters@salvationarmy.org.au
OR  call local bushfire outreach worker Rosalie Watson 0409 031 072 OR  visit Salvos teams at advertised outreach points

$1,000-$3,000 People who live or work in a bushfire affected area and experience financial hardship due to bushfire can receive $1000 per household that Vinnies is distributing from the government.

If you experience significant house damage or property loss you can receive an additional payment of $3000 per household from the Vinnies Bushfire Appeal funds. In addition to financial assistance Vinnies can provide:
  • Food and grocery vouchers
  • Clothing and bedding
  • Toiletries and essentials
  • Fuel vouchers
  • Emotional support
  • Referrals to other services
St Vincent de Paul Society NSW and Canberra/Goulburn Visit Vinnies teams at Recovery centres or outreach points. Call 13 18 12.

Emergency grant starts at $10,000 per household Up to $20,000 is available per household for those who are still experiencing financial hardship.

People whose primary place of residence has been destroyed or rendered permanently uninhabitable (i.e. has been or must be demolished) by bushfires since July 2019.

Australian Red Cross Visit our Red Cross teams at recovery centres or outreach points.

Apply at redcross.org.au/grants (you will need proof of ID, address and bank details)

If your documents have been damaged or lost in the fires and cannot be replaced, please phone 1800 RED CROSS (1800 733 276).

 

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