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Bushfire recovery grants now available

Bushfire recovery grants available:

The Salvation Army has the following grants available to assist people impacted by the 2019-2020 bushfires.

Assessment for a Bushfire Recovery Grant is based on an individual needs basis and has the following criteria:

  • Suffered loss from the 2019-2020 bushfires
  • At the time of the bushfires, lived or worked in a bushfire affected area
  • Over 18 years old
  • One grant per household

Additionally, each grant has its own verification requirements. However, if you’ve previously been assessed by The Salvation Army for bushfire assistance (2019-2020 bushfires), you do not need to provide these verification documents again.

Hardship recovery grant

This grant provides assistance to individuals and families experiencing ongoing extreme hardship as a result of the bushfire disaster.

The following documents will need to be provided:

  1. Identification with address demonstrating residence in a bushfire impacted area or an official government letter if identification has been lost
  2. Proof of residence such as a recent utility bill (e.g. water, gas/electricity, phone, rates notice)
  3. If approved for a grant, details for a financial transfer will need to be provided. A bank statement or internet banking screenshot clearly showing your name, bank name, BSB & account details. Handwritten notes or photos of bank cards cannot be accepted.

Loss of residence grant

This grant provides assistance to individuals and families in bushfire impacted areas whose primary place of residence (owned or leased) has been destroyed or rendered uninhabitable due to the 2019-2020 bushfires.

The following documents will need to be provided:

  1. Identification with address demonstrating residence in a bushfire impacted area or an official government letter if identification has been lost
  2. Proof of residence such as a recent utility bill (e.g. water, gas/electricity, phone, rates notice)
  3. If approved for a grant, details for a financial transfer will need to be provided. A bank statement or internet banking screenshot clearly showing your name, bank name, BSB & account details. Handwritten notes or photos of bank cards cannot be accepted

At least one of the following must also be provided to apply for this level of assistance:

  • Building Impact Assessment
  • Referred & verified by State Govt Recovery staff in a Recovery Hub
  • Local Council confirmation – ask your Local Council to provide confirmation of level of damage/loss to property
  • Rural Fire Services can verify total loss/damage that makes property unliveable
  • Claims assessment report/receipt from an insurer
  • Letter from employer confirming the community member is unable to work/workplace damaged or destroyed

Total residence loss household goods grant

For individuals and families whose principle place of residence (owned or leased) has been destroyed or made uninhabitable due to the 2019 – 2020 bushfires. This grant is provided to help replace furnishings and other household items and will be available once re-build has commenced or a new permanent premises acquired.

  1. You must have been previously assessed for a grant from The Salvation Army – if you haven’t previously received a Salvation Army grant, please call us on 1300 662 217
  2. Rebuild must have commenced, or you have moved into a new premises

Bendigo Bank & The Salvation Army Education and Workplace Pathways Grant

This grant assists young people looking to continue their education, or to support those looking for work.

Examples include funding to assist with paying education fees; accessing technology to support work/education needs; transport to get to and from work or school; work related attire such as safety gear.

  • Must be between 15 to 25 years old.
  • Identification with address demonstrating residence in a bushfire impacted area or an official government letter if identification has been lost.
  • Evidence of bushfire impact, including impact on other members of the household.
  • Proof of residence such as a recent utility bill (e.g. water, gas/electricity, phone, rent).
  • Evidence of school/course enrolment.
  • Evidence of workplace situation – this will be discussed with you.
  • If approved for a grant, details for a financial transfer will need to be provided. A bank statement or internet banking screenshot clearly showing your name, bank name, BSB & account details. Handwritten notes or photos of bank cards cannot be accepted.

To apply for a grant or if you have further questions, please call our bushfire disaster team on 1300 662 217 or email sal.disasters@salvationarmy.org.au 

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