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Bushfire Restoration Grants


The Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife invites applications to support revegetation activities for communities in the Local Government Areas (LGA) listed as impacted by the 2019-20 bushfires.

Goals of the grant round: To support restoration activities for communities in the Local Government Areas (LGA) listed as impacted by the 2019-2020 bushfires.

The grant program aims to provide funding for field projects that will have a direct restoration outcome for the 2019-2020 bushfire impacted LGAs:

  • Enable communities to rebuild their local environments devastated by the 2019-2020 bushfires.
  • Support the restoration of key habitats and ecosystems needed for healthy landscapes within the LGA’s impacted by the 2019-2020 bushfires.

It also aims to support the FNPW priorities of:

  • Protecting our native flora and fauna: Ecosystem regeneration, threatened species protection, and wildlife corridors
  • Emergency response: Bushfire Recovery nurseries, tree planting, and biodiversity restoration
  • Educating and inspiring: Corporate days, volunteering programs, training

GRANT GUIDELINES – FNPW Restoration Grant Round 4 Guidelines Sept 22

Who is eligible to apply:

1. Applicants may be eligible for funding if they are:

  • Individuals with an ABN, who can show experience with large scale plantings and project management.
  • Community-based groups or organisations, or not-for-profit organisations with an ABN.
  • Government agencies working on public land

2. You must be implementing restoration works in one of the Local Government Areas (LGA’s) listed by State or Commonwealth Government

Find your region:

What you can apply for:


Funding priorities

Priority will be given to projects and organisations that:

  • are planting 1,000 or more trees sourced from an FNPW bushfire recovery nursery.
  • show community or volunteer engagement within the project activities.
  • undertake work over a 3ha minimum area, reinforcing areas of existing native vegetation in good condition, including areas adjacent to protected areas, within vegetation corridors and/or riparian zones, or which provide habitat stepping stones.
  • support collaboration with Traditional Owners and Indigenous organisations and the engagement of Aboriginal contractors.

NB If you are sourcing trees from an FNPW Nursery it is important to contact the nursery before you commence your application to check the availability of appropriate stock and any relevant pricing, see: Bushfire Recovery Nurseries – FNPW

In this program, the maximum grant available is $5,000

Grants made available through this program are one off. In some instances, part-funding may be offered.

Projects which add value to existing work sites or work locations will be considered favourably.

Eligible costs

  • Purchase of plants and/or materials, and/or payment of contractors to support revegetation planting and bush regeneration in the bushfire impacted LGAs, including site preparation works and protective fencing.

Ineligible costs include, but are not limited to:

  • Capital improvements
  • Works covered by insurance or other sources of funding including other grants or government funding
  • Completed works
  • Political lobbying and advocacy
  • Legal expenses, rates and taxes
  • Purchase of movement or still cameras and equipment
  • Compensation to landholders for their own labour
  • Solar energisers
  • Boundary fencing
  • Fuel or other vehicle costs
  • Training
  • Salary and general operational costs
  • Accommodation or travel costs for staff and volunteers

If you are unsure please commence your application and contact the FNPW Bushfire Recovery Project Manager at for advice.

What you need to apply:

Applicants will need to supply the following eligibility information:

  • ABN
  • Bank account details
  • Completed risk assessment including COVID-19 mitigation
  • Insurance Certificate of Currency
  • Written permission from the landowner or landholder where the activities will take place, if not the applicant’s

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

TEMPLATE – Tree planting Risk Assessment

When you can apply:

Applications open: Tuesday 20 September 2022

Applications close: Sunday 30 April 2023, unless the funds are expected prior to this date.

Grants will be assessed on an ongoing basis until all funds are expended. We will advertise when grants are no longer available.

You will be advised of the decision via email once grant assessment is complete. Please note that it may take up to six weeks for you to receive notification of the outcome.

How you will report on your grant

All reports must meet the criteria included in the grant contract terms and conditions. Reports will be returned and feedback provided if the criteria are not met.

Reporting is completed in three Milestone steps.

  • Milestone 1: signing the agreement and submitting your Invoice
  • Milestone 2: supplying a site map and before photograph, and publishing a media report promoting your project and FNPW, submitting a before photograph and site map, then uploading into SmartyGrants and submitting your Invoice
  • Milestone 3: Final report and Invoice, including after photography and Invoice.

All Milestone reporting is to be submitted via SmartyGrants portal including site maps, photos, data sheets, documents, and invoices.

SAMPLE – FNPW Bushfire Restoration Grant – Final Report

Further support

Templates and samples of forms to support your application can be found above.

If you need further support for your application please contact:

FNPW staff member Sandy Eager on who can provide additional information on the grant round

For technical help for the SmartyGrants system through: