The Bega Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund (BVCDRF) is a perpetual disaster relief fund established by the Bega Valley Shire Council (BVSC) in partnership with the Social Justice Advocates of the Sapphire Coast (SJA).
The fund was established to support the Bega Valley community in the aftermath of major disasters, such as the 2020 Bega Valley bushfires. It is governed and managed by the Social Justice Advocates of the Sapphire Coast, Council and independent community members.
With a balance of around $600,000 (as at June 2020), the management committee has trialled an application and distribution process with the Cobargo community; a consequence of a large donation from the Villers-Bretonneux community in France who asked that their funds be spent in the Cobargo area.
The committee used this opportunity to trial an efficient application, approval and delivery process for further grants from the fund across bushfire impacted communities in the Bega Valley. From July, as a result of the pilot, the scheme is now being extended to bushfire-impacted communities across the Valley.
Grants from the Fund seek to address every day health and wellbeing issues to meet critical and acute needs like, but not limited to, fuel, firewood, household appliances and clothing.