Blue Mountains Flexible Community Grants Program

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The Blue Mountains Flexible Community Grants Program (BMFCG) aims to support the recovery of the Blue Mountains community following the devastating October 2013 bushfires which destroyed more than 200 properties and significantly damaged around 100 more.

The NSW and Commonwealth Governments are jointly funding this $1,072,500 grant program which will deliver projects that encourage economic and social recovery and improve resilience and capability within the Blue Mountains community.

The program has now closed, with successful Round 1 and 2 applicants delivering their projects.

Round 1 and 2 Successful Applicants

Important Dates

Milestones Date
Applicants Deliver project By 31 December 2015
Applicant project acquittal/report By 31 March 2016

Objectives of the program?

The overall objective of the BMFCG is to support a community-led recovery. This will focus on building resilience in the Blue Mountains Community and the local economy through a variety of activities and projects.

All funded projects will help the Blue Mountains Community – its people and its businesses – recover from trauma and disruption and be better equipped to withstand potential future disasters.

Applications to the Blue Mountains Flexible Community Grants program

There were two streams of projects that could be funded under the program:

  • Social: initiatives that re-build connections to the community to improve emotional and mental wellbeing among adults, young and vulnerable people. It includes projects to promote optimism and build the community's capacity to manage into the future
  • Economic: activities that alleviate and stem continued loss of productivity and economic hardship and develop a more resilient local businesses community.

Examples of projects include

Stream Project Examples
Social Recovery Projects that support and enhance existing community/social networks and rebuild damaged networks
Projects that promote optimism and build the community's capacity to cope in the event of natural disaster
Projects that initiate support or enhance community preparedness in emergency and evacuation procedures to ensure all the community is informed
Projects / activities to support vulnerable groups such as the elderly, frail, young people and people with disabilities
Projects that promote community cohesion and improve skills in the community sector through better linkages and partnerships including access to greater support and referral pathways
Economic Recovery Projects that support business to recover and experience improved economic opportunities
Projects that build industry networks
Small business skills building (workshops, forums, trainings)
Business skills disaster preparedness and risk mitigation

Guidelines and other information


Funding for this program has now ended. The program has moved into the project delivery phase.

Applications for Round 2 have no closed.

More information

For more information, please contact 1300 707 155 or