$30 million flood recovery fund to rebuild community infrastructure

Michael Donnelly My Fathers Garden, mixed media, 2020. Image credit: Mia Zapata.

Applications open today for a $30 million recovery package which supports repair works for arts and culture, sports and Aboriginal-owned community infrastructure damaged in the February-March flood event.

The eligible Local Government Areas are Ballina, Byron, Clarence Valley, Hawkesbury, Kyogle, Lismore, Richmond Valley and Tweed.

The majority of the works are being funded as part of the jointly-funded $150 million Community Local Infrastructure Recovery Package (CLIRP) announced in April.

Community arts and cultural facilities and Aboriginal Keeping Places across NSW are a vital part of our cultural fabric. They are also an important part of our economy, supporting thousands of jobs across NSW.

This funding is another important step towards helping flood-affected communities, including the State’s much-needed local arts and cultural industries and Local Aboriginal Land Councils, to get back on their feet.

The package includes:

  • Up to $12 million in grants for councils ranging from $15,000 to $500,000 for community sport infrastructure projects;
  • Up to $12 million in grants for eligible arts and cultural organisations, councils and regional arts development organisations ranging from $5,000 to $500,000; and
  • $6 million for repairs to community infrastructure in the most impacted Local Aboriginal Land Councils (LALCs), including $3.45 million in grants to support further repairs and rebuilds for LALCs and Aboriginal organisations.

Applications for the Arts and Culture Priority Needs Program open on 24 August 2022 and close on 30 November 2022, or until the funding allocation has been exhausted.

For details on how to apply and guidelines, click here.

Image: Michael Donnelly My Fathers Garden, mixed media, 2020. Image credit: Mia Zapata.

Published: 24 August 2022