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Natural Disaster Recovery Fund

Aiding the recovery of Adelaide Hills communities

It’s only once the dust has settled that the true impact of a disaster is realised.

That’s why BankSA, on behalf of the Westpac Group, has established a natural disaster recovery fund to help Adelaide Hills’ communities recovering from the January 2015 Sampson Flat bushfires.

We’ve pledged up to $100,000 to support local re-building and recovery efforts in affected communities.

Community and not-for-profit organisations are invited to apply for a recovery grant of up to $10,000 to support the recovery of the Adelaide Hills.


Applications are now closed.

Submissions closed at 5PM 14 September 2015 (CST). Submissions will now be considered by a panel of local representatives. Successful applicants will be notified in October 2015.


What types of community projects will be considered?

We’ll consider a range of projects that will aid the recovery efforts in affected communities, particularly:

  • Repairs and rebuilding of community assets and infrastructure, such as community halls, sports facilities and community gardens
  • Activities that assist with restoring the wellbeing of the community, such as community BBQs, sports days, peer support groups, community lunches, etc
  • Communications equipment and activities, such as sources of information materials for disaster preparation, UHF radios, community newsletters, brochures, websites and activities that help to build the community’s disaster preparedness and resilience
  • Economic and community development activities, such as small events, training and capacity building of volunteers, local tourism initiatives that assist with returning tourism to impacted regions, and capturing opportunities to stimulate local economic recovery.

Please note: individuals, private businesses, projects on private property, private infrastructure, completed projects/events and community groups not working in communities affected by the January 2015 Sampson Flat bushfires are not eligible.