Indi Grants newsletters

Welcome to Indi Grants. These are regular newsletters about funding support and grant opportunities available to individuals, communities and organisations in Indi.

These grants can help your group to carry on work, keep volunteers empowered, and maintain and extend the crucial role you make to community well-being and vibrancy.

Bushfire support and recovery initiatives are key features of many current opportunities yet grants in other fields are also available.

I’m keen to make sure this newsletter reaches all people and organisations that can benefit from grants. You can sign up to my mailing list here.

You can view and download Indi Grants editions here:

Indi Grants: April 2020 - COVID 19 and Bushfires Funding Support and Grants

The April 2020 edition of Indi Grants focuses on support for individuals and businesses affected by COVID 19. I have also listed grants available to individuals, businesses and primary producers affected by bushfires.

This time of COVID 19 is one where we are all faced with challenges previously unseen in our lifetime. Combined with the impact of recent bushfires in our region, I know that the start to 2020 is proving to be enormously difficult for so many in Indi.  I hope this newsletter may help save you time searching for available support or grants.

Need help?

I encourage you not to make a self-assessment about your eligibility for assistance or grants. More information is available by following the links and telephone support services are available.

While the doors to my offices are currently closed, my team and I are here to assist you and direct you to the best sources of information.

Currently, the best way to contact my office is by email E: or  phone  T: 03 5721 7077

You can sign up to my mailing list here.

Best wishes


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Individuals and households

The Australian Government is providing financial assistance to Australians to support them through the Coronavirus. This assistance includes income support payments, payments to support households and temporary early releases of superannuation.

Click on the following links to find more information about eligibility for different payments to individuals and households;

COVID 19 – Businesses

The Australian Government is supporting Australian businesses to manage cash flow challenges and retain employees. Assistance includes cash flow support to businesses and temporary measures to provide relief for financially distressed businesses.

Click on the following links to find more information about eligibility for different payments to businesses:

More information

Australian Tax Office:


Services Australia:

The Victorian Business Support Fund is for small businesses that employ staff and are subject to closure or are highly impacted by the shutdown restrictions announced by the Victorian Government as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19). This includes businesses in the hardest hit sectors including:

  • Accommodation and food services (e.g. cafes, restaurants, caterers, hotels, motels)
  • Arts and entertainment (e.g. cinemas, performing arts venues, creative spaces, performers, museums)
  • Health and beauty services (e.g. hairdressers, barbers, beauty therapists)
  • Sport and recreation (e.g. gyms, swimming pools, indoor climbing, play centres)
  • Tourism (e.g. tourist transport, tour operators, tour arrangement)
  • Retail, other than supermarket, groceries, liquor and pharmacy businesses
  • Other services (e.g. real estate agents)

Funding of $10,000 per business is available and will be allocated through a grant process.

For more information:

Closing date: 1 June 2020


Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery Grants 

The Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery Grants program has two funding streams which, together, will support events, concerts, festivals and visitor attractions in fire-affected regions to assist with recovery efforts and encourage international and domestic visitors to come back to the regions.

Stream 1 applicants will be local government authorities and regional tourism organisations operating in local government areas with activated state government Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA) for the 2019-2020 fire season. These entities are listed in Annexure A in the guidelines.

Closing dates extended: 5:00pm (AEDT) Friday, 8 December 2020.

Stream 2 applicants are local government authorities and regional tourism organisations in local government areas activated by state or territory governments for DFRA assistance during the 2019-20 fire season and which are declared Category D. The eligible entities for this stream are listed in Annexure B to the guidelines.

Closing dates extended: 5:00pm (AEST) Friday, 8 May 2020.

Emergency Bushfire Primary Industries Grants

The Emergency Bushfire Response in Primary Industries Grants help primary producers pay for costs of clean-up and other emergency measures including disposing of dead stock, and rebuilding or replacing damaged or destroyed on-farm infrastructure.

The support is available to bushfire affected primary producers in the Indi local government areas of Alpine, Indigo, Mansfield, Towong, Wangaratta, and Wodonga.

The maximum grant amount for clean-up, reinstatement activities and emergency measures is $75,000.

Closing date: 31 July 2020.

Small Business Grants

A $10,000 grant is available for small businesses in Alpine, Indigo, Mansfield, Towong and Wangaratta local government areas.

The grant helps with the costs of maintaining businesses, including salaries, rents and utilities.

To be eligible, businesses must have experienced a 40 per cent drop in revenue over a three-month period, compared to the previous year, as a result of the bushfires. Further eligibility criteria will apply.

You can apply:

  • Victoria call 1800 560 760

Closing date: 30 September 2020

Small Business Bushfire Recovery Grants

Grants of up to $50,000 are available to eligible Victorian small businesses and non-profit organisations affected by the Victorian bushfires in in the Indi local government areas of Alpine, Indigo, Mansfield, Towong, Wangaratta, and Wodonga

These grants are intended to help pay for costs of clean-up and reinstatement of eligible small businesses that have suffered direct damage as a result of bushfires.

Closing date: 31 July 2020

Bushfire Clean-up Program

The program covers the demolition and disposal of all buildings destroyed or damaged beyond repair by this season’s bushfires. This includes:

  • residential homes
  • sheds and other out-buildings
  • commercial buildings
  • public buildings

This may also include the removal of fencing, trees and vehicles, but only where it is necessary for the safe clean-up of destroyed buildings.

To register:

Victorian Farmers Federation Bushfire Recovery Infrastructure Grants

The Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) Disaster Relief Fund is a charitable fund which aims to raise and distribute funds to provide relief and assistance to farmers and rural Victorians who suffer loss or are suffering distress as a result of flood or other natural disaster.The Fund is accepting applications for grants of up to $3000 (excluding GST) for infrastructure items to support farmers who have experienced fire damage on their properties.

Applications opened Tuesday 14 April 2020. Funds will be allocated on a ‘first in, best dressed’ basis until the available funding is committed.

Into our Hands – Bushfire Recovery and Pandemic Small Grant Program

Grants up to $3,000 are available to support projects responding to the recent bushfires and/or the COVID-19 Pandemic, which assist people in North East Victoria. The Foundation will give priority to projects which will:

  1. Improve Community Connectedness and Social Wellbeing
  2. Enhance the mental health of residents
  3. Develop Organisational Resilience and Capacity
  4. Foster cultural vibrancy

For more information:

Bushfire Assistance Grants – St George Foundation

To assist with the recovery of communities, St. George Foundation, Bank of Melbourne Foundation and Bank SA Foundation will provide funding of a total value of up to $500,000 to eligible organisations in Australia to invest in projects that aid in long-term recovery efforts for bushfire-affected community organisations.

Projects to help rebuild communities that have suffered losses during the bushfires, including:

  • Physical repairs to properties affected by fires.
  • Assistance packages to bushfire impacted families.
  • Continuation of community services where they have been prevented from operating or relocated due to fires.
  • Recreational and respite programs to bushfire-affected communities.
  • Counselling and therapy to communities due to experiences of fires.
  • Medical equipment to aid in recovery for injuries sustained during bushfires; and
  • Other applications deemed suitable by Governors at their discretion, to assist in bushfire recovery.

Applications will be open until either the total funding pool is awarded; or 31st December 2020; whichever occurs first.

The Reece Grant – Bushfire Rebuilding projects

Are you a tradesperson who is involved in a project to help rebuild in a community that has been affected by the Australian bushfires, you may be eligible for a Reece grant.

Apply here: