The NSW RFS administers funds for works and projects that increase the resilience of NSW communities to bush fires.
Funding is allocated in accordance with BFCC Policy 1/2011 – Allocation Principles for Funding of Bush Fire Mitigation Works.
There are a number of different streams from which grant funding can be allocated. This includes both the NSW RFS programs as well as State and Commonwealth initiatives.
The following grants are directly administered by the NSW RFS:
- Bush Fire Risk Mitigation and Resilience Grant Program
- Brigade Mitigation Support Program
- Strategic Fire Trails Funding Program
Bush Fire Risk Mitigation and Resilience Grant Program
This funding program assists public land managers / owners to undertake bush fire mitigation works, to provide access for fire fighting, and deliver projects that increase the resilience of NSW communities to bush fire. The funding is available to supplement resources of public land managers / owners and enable additional works to be implemented.
Local Councils, State Government Agencies and Forestry Corporation of NSW are all eligible to apply for grants under this program. Applications must be made via Guardian.
Brigade Mitigation Support Program
This funding program supports NSW RFS volunteer rural fire brigades in carrying out hazard reduction activities across the State. Applications for funding through this program are prepared by the NSW RFS District Office, and are submitted by a NSW RFS Manager (or above) via Guardian.
The Application Guide provides an overview of the Brigade Mitigation Support Program along with information that will assist with the preparation and submission of applications.
Applications for funding under Round 1 of the 2023/24 Bush Fire Risk Mitigation and Resilience Program and Brigade Mitigation Support Program will close on the 9 June 2023.
Funding applications that are not linked to the Bush Fire Risk Management Plan will be forwarded to the relevant Bush Fire Management Committee (BFMC) for review, comment and prioritisation. A list of applications will be sent to BFMC Executive Officers by 16 June 2023. The outcome of the BFMC review is due to be returned by 1 July 2023. Funding proposals received through Round 1 will be assessed and determined once a response from the BFMC has been received. All other applicants will proceed to the assessment stage.
Round 2 of the 2023/24 Bush Fire Risk Mitigation and Resilience Program and Brigade Mitigation Support Program reassessed after Round 1 applications are finalised.
Remember that funding applications for urgent hazard reduction burning can be submitted by NSW RFS and public land managers / owners at any time. For these types of applications, please contact Operational Business to request a priority assessment (see contact details below).
For more information on applying for grants funding please see the Application Guide. You can contact NSW RFS Operational Business via email email@example.com or phone on 02 8741 5493.