News Corp Bushfire Fund Grants

News Corp partnered with FRRR to enable the delivery of the News Corp Bushfire Fund grants.

This program supported local not-for-profit organisations and community groups that delivered locally led projects and activities to assist people in their recovery as a result of the 2019/2020 bushfires. 

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This program is has now ended

If you want to explore other grant options, please go to Find Funding Now.

I have a question, who can I talk to?

Danielle Griffin
1800 170 020

Confirm you are eligible to apply for this grant

To make sure this is the right grant for your community, please read the grant information below carefully. Click on each headline to reveal the detail.

Gather information to support your grant application

Please read the information below to plan and prepare your project. The information below sets out what you MUST include for your project to be considered. There are plenty of helpful resources to support you along the way.

Please contact FRRR if you have any questions about the following information.

Your grant application MUST include:

Need some more help?

We have a large selection of resources on our Grant Seeker Resources Page to help you along the way.

Submit your grant application via the Grants Gateway

Please contact FRRR if you have questions about any aspect of the Grants Gateway online application form.

Before you submit your application via the online Grants Gateway, please ensure you have:

  • confirmed you are eligible to apply for this grant
  • provided clear information about your project
  • checked that you are an eligible legal entity
  • provided the financial information required
  • created a budget for the project
  • gathered supporting materials
  • spoken to an FRRR contact person where you were unsure of any requirement
  • gathered community support for the project
  • checked the information you are providing to make sure it is clear and relevant to the project

Helpful resources:

It is time to submit your application. If it is helpful, you can download a copy of the application form.

Please read the instructions on how to use the Grants Gateway: Grants Gateway How-to Guide Grants Gateway FAQs

If you have significant issues accessing a stable internet connection, please contact our team to discuss an alternative way of applying:
Ph: 1800 170 020 or Email:

“We hope our grants for community-led projects will help people recover and rebuild. We look forward to partnering with the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal to support and help bushfire-affected areas become stronger communities.”
Penny Fowler, News Corp Australia’s community ambassador

Inspiration – Past projects

Explore some of the projects we’ve previously funded in disaster-affected areas to see how other organisations have helped their community recover.

Community wellbeing retreats aid recovery

In 2009, Jindivick was affected by the Black Saturday bushfires – destroying homes, farms and local infrastructure. The Jindivick Progress Association developed an initiative to address the long-term effects of stress and grief that had plagued the local community, hosting five Community Wellbeing Retreats using a Grants for Resilience & Wellness grant of $14,750 funded by VBAF.

Ensuring power in a recovery centre in Mackay

During Cyclone Debbie in 2017 the Pioneer River in Mackay, Queensland, broke its banks, flooding surrounding homes and businesses. The local Western Suburbs Clubhouse, spared from flooding, was used as a recovery centre after Cyclone Debbie at the request of local Police. The Western Suburbs Rugby League Football Club received a Repair-Restore-Renew grant to install a power generator at the Clubrooms.

Mullum library of stuff – shared resources for community recovery

With the help of a $12,000 Repair Restore Renew grant, the Mullum Library of Stuff was able to provide affordable access to quality tools and equipment for the Byron Shire community including individuals, families, schools, businesses and not-for-profit organisations.