Vinnies Canberra/Goulburn Community Bushfire Grants - Second Round

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The information below is for community organisations seeking grant funding. If you are an individual seeking support from Vinnies, please call us on 13 18 12.

This page is for the Canberra/Goulburn region only depicted in yellow on the map below. If you are located in the blue area pictured, please click on the map to be redirected to the Vinnies NSW bushfire grants webpage. Otherwise, please keep reading down the page.

Recovery from a natural disaster is a marathon, not a sprint. Vinnies is committed to standing beside you throughout this long process.

Applications for Stage 2 of Vinnies Canberra/Goulburn Community Bushfire Grants Program open on 14 September 2020 to help communities on the journey to recovery.

One-off grants are being offered for projects of up to $5000, $5001-10,000, and $10001- 20,000 and are available for organisations in bushfire-affected areas, providing funding for recovery projects that benefit multiple people.

Please read the below information, and the terms and conditions, before applying for a grant. To get started, simply complete the application form below, and email it back to

Any queries about a draft application can be submitted to by 9 October 2020. Please clearly label as a draft application.

What are the grants for?

Vinnies Canberra/Goulburn Community Bushfire Grants are available to fund local projects in bushfire-affected areas, helping multiple people to recover.

So far, Vinnies has focused our relief efforts on individuals, distributing quick cash payments to more than 4,560 households across the country.

Now as we move from immediate relief into long-term recovery, we are shifting our focus from individuals to communities – helping whole towns and regions to recover.

The Black Summer bushfires affected each community differently, and we know each place’s recovery needs are different. That’s why we are handing the reins over to local organisations – because you know your community better than anyone.

Grant-funded projects will take many forms, and we are open to innovative ideas. Your community group or organisation could apply for repairs to shared facilities such as a community hall; local assistance programs for bushfire-impacted families; funding to get an impacted community service back on its feet; recreational activities to bring the community together and promote healing; or counselling and educational programs linked to the experience of the fires. These are just a few examples.

Who is eligible?

You must be a registered community group or organisation in order to apply for a Vinnies Canberra/Goulburn Community Bushfire Grant. Your organisation must be located in Australia and be directly assisting people in an identified bushfire-affected postcode in the Canberra/Goulburn region.

We especially welcome grant applicants who can demonstrate they’ll make a difference for the most at-risk and disadvantaged groups. Our priority assistance groups include Aboriginal communities, culturally and linguistically diverse residents, people with disability, and people experiencing (or at imminent risk of) homelessness.

Grants will not normally be given to organisations that have already received funding from an alternative source for the same program, unless this forms part of a wider project (particularly where local groups are working together).

For the full eligibility criteria, please see the terms and conditions.

How do I apply?

Please complete the application form and email it back to by 16 October 2020 to be considered in Stage 2 of the Vinnies Canberra/Goulburn Community Bushfire Grant Program.

If you have any questions about your application, please contact


Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions


Can I apply for a grant as an individual?

We’re afraid not. During the emergency relief stage of our bushfire response, we focused on providing urgent cash payments to individuals and households affected by the fires. Now as we move into the long-term recovery phase, we are focusing on projects with community-wide benefit. This means that Vinnies NSW Community Bushfire Grants will only be awarded to registered community groups and organisations that can demonstrate their capacity to work in, with and for the community.


How many grants are available?

We are offering 70 grants in total, awarded in two stages. Grants are available at different tiers of up to $5,000; between $5,001 and $10,000; and between $10,001 and $20,000. 35 grants are available during Stage 2.


How will you judge grant applications?

Each application will be assessed by a committee comprising Vinnies staff from across the organisation. They will assess each application according to a scoring matrix, and each application will be fairly judged according to these same criteria. The committee’s decisions will be final and at their sole discretion.


If I am successful in applying for a grant, will Vinnies be involved in delivering the program/project?

No. The delivery of the program will be the responsibility of the applicant, and we do not expect Vinnies to be closely involved. However, you will be asked to participate in marketing activity relating to the grant in collaboration with Vinnies, and to provide reporting back to us on how you have used the grant funds and provided benefit to your community.


If I was unsuccessful in a grant application during Stage 1, can I apply again for Stage 2?



Will there be a Stage 3?

No, Stage 2 is the final chance to apply for Vinnies Bushfire Community Grants. Assistance with bushfire recovery is available through other programs.


What are the grant application deadlines?

Applications for Stage 1 grants closed on 28 August 2020. Successful applicants can expect to be notified in mid September.

Applications for Stage 2 are open from 14 September 2020 and will close on 16 October 2020. Successful applicants can expect to be notified in mid November.


How can I request bushfire funding or assistance in areas other than the Canberra/Goulburn region?

Please call us on 13 18 12.


Where can I find further information about Vinnies’ bushfire relief work?

Please visit

Bushfire-Affected Postcodes in Canberra/Goulburn Region

These postcodes have been listed by the Government as eligible for funding in the Canberra/Goulburn region.

Bega Valley: 2546, 2548, 2549, 2550, 2551, 2631, 2632

Eurobodalla: 2536, 2537, 2545, 2546, 2550, 2622

Goulburn Mulwaree: 2579, 2580, 2581, 2622

Queanbeyan-Palerang regional: 2580, 2581, 2619, 2620, 2621, 2622, 2623

Snowy Monaro Regional: 2546, 2551, 2620, 2621, 2622, 2625, 2626, 2627, 2628, 2629, 2630, 2631, 2632, 2633

Snowy Valleys: 2611, 2627, 2629, 2640, 2642, 2649, 2652, 2653, 2720, 2722, 2729, 2730

Wingecarribee: 2579, 2580