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Media Release

BankSA offers $100,000 in bushfire recovery grants to Adelaide Hills communities

Friday, 7 August 2015

BankSA has announced today it will commit up to $100,000 in grants to provide financial assistance to Adelaide Hills communities still recovering from the January 2015 Sampson Flat bushfires.

The grants, up to the value of $10,000 each, are available as part of BankSA and Westpac’s Natural Disaster Recovery Fund, established to aid the recovery of communities devastated by natural disasters.

BankSA is inviting applications for financial assistance from local community groups and not-for-profit organisations who are helping to rebuild affected communities in support of the longer term recovery phase.

BankSA Chief Executive Nick Reade says the true impact of natural disasters like the Sampson Flat bushfires are often not realised until the dust has settled.

“Our recovery grants will form part of the long term recovery of our Adelaide Hills communities at a time we know our regional areas need sustained support,” Mr Reade said.

“We have learnt from previous natural disasters that six to nine months following an event is a critical time for restoration activities.

“We hope the grant funding will provide a welcome boost to those organisations and not-for-profit groups who continue to work tirelessly to rebuild the communities they love.”

  • Projects eligible for a grant may include:
  • Repairs and rebuilding of community infrastructure;
  • Activities that assist with restoring the wellbeing of the community;
  • Communications equipment, tools and activities; and
  • Economic and community development activities.

Online applications for $10,000 grants can be made from Monday 10 August and will close at 4.30pm on Monday 7 September 2015.

Applications will be assessed within four weeks of the closing date. Successful recipients will be notified in October 2015.