STOP PRESS Bushfire Impact Survey, bushfire grants and opportunities

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Bushfire Impact Survey & bushfire grants 


2020 Murray Arts NSW & VIC Creative Industries
Bushfire Impact Survey.
If you are professional artist, a creative business, museum, gallery or collective living or operating in the Murray Arts footprint, Towong Shire Council, Greater Hume Council, Indigo Shire Council, City of Wodonga, AlburyCity and Federation Council and have suffered direct impact from the bushfires we want to hear from you.
We appreciate that this situation is not over, and we understand that it is a long road to recovery. At this stage, this is not an offer of direct assistance, but any information you can provide will help agencies determine what is the best way to help you get back on your feet. Hopefully, it will speed up the process.

Complete survey here
Image credit: Ben Gilbert of Agency of Sculpture. Ben shot this compelling image in Cudgewa, 2nd Jan while delivering supplies into the fire-ravaged Upper Murray for his creative friend Josh. In response to multiple requests for the image, He is offering strictly limited edition professional Art prints. Agency of Sculpture


Red Cross Bushfire Emergency Grants support for Destroyed Homes

Grants of $5,000 to people whose homes have been destroyed or rendered permanently uninhabitable by the bushfires. These grants are to help people meet their immediate needs such as paying for accommodation, clothes, basic necessities, etc.
Emergency grants are available to people across Australia whose primary place of residence has been destroyed or rendered permanently uninhabitable by any bushfire since 1 July 2019.

Your primary place of residence is the place where you reside on a permanent basis, whether as an owner/occupier or a tenant.

 Apply online or call 1800 RED CROSS (1800 733 276)


Rural Assistance Authority – Natural Disaster Grants

* These grants are dependent on your location- presently no LGAs in Murray Arts footprint eligible*

Grants of up to $15,000 may be provided to eligible arts/cultural small businesses and non-profit organisations to contribute towards the costs of
  • clean-up and removal of debris, including hire of equipment, disposal costs and labour and material costs above normal wage and material expenditure;
  • restoration  and replacement of damaged assets and stock including safety inspections, essential repairs, purchase, hire or lease or equipment and stock essential to the immediate resumption of trading;
  • relocation to and leasing of, temporary premises when immediate re-opening
You must be directly impacted by the fires i.e. your assets damaged by fire (Loss of income or other indirect losses are not eligible).
Operate in a declared Local Government Area (refer list). Note the closing dates for the grant vary by LGA
Damage that would be covered by insurance is not eligible.

Rural Assistance Authority Natural Disaster Grants
Ph: 1300 795 299


Regional Arts Victoria Quick Response Grants

The Quick Response Grant program is now open and has been set up to be responsive to exceptional cultural opportunities or creative recovery projects (in areas impacted by the Victorian bushfires in 2019 and 2020) that may be on offer to artists or community groups. These grants are available throughout the year and applications can be submitted any time between 3 to 12 weeks prior to the activity commencing. 

  • Organisations can apply for up to $3,000 for small-scale cultural development and arts initiatives. Organisations must be incorporated and not-for-profit.
  • Individuals can apply for up to $1,500 for for professional or skills development of small scale project opportunities.
More info and apply

Regional Arts NSW


Made available under the Regional Arts Fund allocation for NSW, Quick Response Grants offer funding of up to $1,500 for regional artists, arts organisations and communities to respond to unique arts opportunities that present themselves at very short notice and could not be planned for. Opportunities that have been organised by the applicant or have involved an application process will not be accepted. The program is intended to:

  • support professional development opportunities for artists and arts workers involved in community programs that will increase their knowledge, skills and experience
  • support skills and or arts development for individuals and groups in regional communities through the employment of arts and cultural workers to conduct workshops, seminars and forums.
  • support creative recovery projects in areas impacted by NSW bushfires in 2019.
More info & apply
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