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Red Cross offers additional bushfire grants for people in severe financial hardship

Wednesday 14 April, 2021

Australian Red Cross is opening a final round of support grants for people affected by the bushfires in extreme financial hardship.

The current grant is up to $2500. It is for people who have already accessed assistance previously, and can help cover re-establishment and rebuilding costs as well as food, bills or medical costs.

“We are grateful for the generous donations of the Australian and international community - $242 million. Ninety per cent of those funds have been disbursed or spent. The remainder will go to this support, and recovery programs over the next two years,” said Noel Clement, Red Cross Director of Australian Services.

“Recovery from a disaster of this scale is not measured in weeks, but in months and years. Red Cross recovery teams will continue to be there in 46 local government areas for the next two years.

“Australians have shown extraordinary resilience in the face of compounding disasters. We know recovery goes well beyond finances and is equally about people’s sense of hope, family security and community cohesion.

“Our recovery teams continue to help people access support, encourage healing through social connection and assist service providers to meet the unique needs of bushfire survivors.”

Applications will open on Tuesday 13 April 2021 and close on Sunday 2 May 2021.  Apply at redcross.org.au/grants. If you need help with your application, please contact our grants team at 1800 RED CROSS (1800 733 276) or email grants@redcross.org.au.

Facts and Stats

-$242m raised, $217m disbursed or spent, with remainder dedicated to long term recovery.

-5,914 people have been helped to meet urgent needs, make repairs, cover funeral or hospital costs, or find a safe place to live, through $187m in grants so far.

-21,563 people were assisted with recovery through 1-1 support, information and referrals.

-5,000 people in government and community services have been trained to support disaster-affected communities.

-Communities in 46 local government areas are covered by our recovery program. We advocate for their needs on state, local and regional recovery committees.

For more information, or interview requests, please contact 1800 733 443 or media@redcross.org.au