Disaster Recovery Quick Response Grants

The annual Disaster Recovery Quick Response Grants program has been established to assist any Indigenous corporation whose property has been directly affected by a declared natural disaster, such as a flood, bushfire, or cyclone.

What assistance is available?

There is no closing date for applications.

The amount of each grant will be determined following an assessment of the immediate recovery efforts required and the costs of these efforts but is capped at $20,000 (GST excl) for each individual organisation.

Who is eligible?

Indigenous corporations (incorporated) may be eligible for assistance through the program if:

  • Their property is within a State or Territory declared natural disaster area.
  • They require immediate assistance to make their property safe to access.

What we will fund

The funding can be used for immediate clean up your property, work to make your property safe and purchase plant and equipment to assist with recovery efforts.

Existing insurance policies

We are unable to fund the repair and replacement of items that are covered under existing insurance policies unless there is a clear and urgent health and safety risk to humans or livestock. We are also unable to provide funding for any work you have already completed on your property.

Need to apply?

In the first instance, Indigenous corporations that have been directly impacted by a natural disaster should call 1800 818 490 or email DisasterResponse@ilsc.gov.au for assistance and to submit their application.

Application and assessment process:

1. Contact the ILSC:

Call 1800 818 490 or email DisasterResponse@ilsc.gov.au to discuss eligibility and what other documentation you’ll need to provide to ensure we can assess your application as quickly as possible.

2. Complete the application form:

Complete the application form and return to DisasterResponse@ilsc.gov.au. Please note you will be required to provide photographic evidence of the flood damage to your property.

3. We will assess your application and inform you of the outcome:

Your application will be assessed and if further information is required, the ILSC will be in contact. We will aim to let you know the outcome of your application within 7* business days.

4. If approved, the ILSC will provide funding:

If your grant application is approved, upon the verification of your bank details, the ILSC will aim to provide funding within 14 business days of approval and having received a correctly rendered tax invoice from your corporation.

*May be delayed over the New Year’s period.