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Bushfire recovery grants now available

The assessment for a Bushfire Recovery Grant is based on an individual needs approach and our assistance can include financial, practical, emotional and spiritual support.

If you have been adversely affected by the 2019-20 bushfires and are in need of assistance, please refer to the grant categories and guidelines below:

Hardship recovery grant

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

The following 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

Significant-loss grant

This grant provides assistance to individuals and families in bushfire impacted areas who have:

  • had to spend extended periods of time evacuated from their place of residence
  • suffered from extended loss of essential services (water, power, for example.)
  • suffered other significant property damage (home unlivable or fencing/farm equipment destroyed, for example), or income loss due to place of being work damaged or destroyed

The following 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 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 made permanently unlivable.

The following 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

 

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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