Grand grants on the horizon

The Australian Government is investing heavily in initiatives to help the nation prepare for natural hazards, according to Minister David Littleproud. Picture: FILE

By Julian Lehnert

The Australian Government has launched the first stream of a nation-wide $600 million grant program to improve the country’s disaster safety.

The first round of the Preparing Australian Communities Program – Local, which will open to applications on 10 December, is made up of $150 million in grant money, Federal Member for Maranoa, David Littleproud, said.

“Grants from $20,000 to $10 million will be available for eligible projects that help to assess and

plan for disaster risk, increase capacity and raise awareness of disaster risk, or deliver resilient

infrastructure for local communities,” Mr Littleproud said.

“The Australian Government is investing heavily in initiatives to help the nation prepare for

natural hazards.

“Round One is focused on building community resilience to bushfire, tropical cyclone and floods.

“The grant guidelines contain important information about eligibility and assessment criteria. I

encourage local communities to get together, think about their disaster risk and check the

guidelines to start preparing an application now,“ he added.

The $600 million Preparing Australia Program was announced in May this year as a response to the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements, and is hoped to bring a greater focus to disaster risk reduction in the country.

Guidelines, Frequently Asked Questions, a sample application form, and support resources are

available at www.business.gov.au/grants-and-programs/preparing-australian-communities-

local-stream.

Applications will open on 10 December 2021, with successful projects to commence by mid-

2022. Further information about the Preparing Australia Program is available at

recovery.gov.au/preparing-australia-program.