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News Corp Bushfire Fund Grants

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

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

Program objectives

Through the provision of grants, the aim of this program is to address a range of needs, including but not limited to:

  • Community infrastructure and equipment that strengthens volunteer community groups and their activities;
  • Emergency equipment and facilities (excludes individual aid);
  • Mental health and wellbeing; and
  • Rebuilding communities - from infrastructure repairs or upgrades, to governance, capacity building or operational support.

Applications for funding are invited from local not-for-profit organisations and community groups that support communities in designated fire-affected regions.


  • Not-for-profit community-based organisations operating in rural areas of Australia in a Local Government Area (LGA) with a bushfire disaster declaration from September 2019 to January / February 2020 (refer to this list);
  • Organisations with an ABN or Incorporation Certificate;
  • Organisations with and without Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) endorsement;
  • An organisation is eligible to submit one application per grant round.

Projects funded should be undertaken within a period of 12 months from receipt of funds.

Funding Rounds

The program has a budget of $1 million and will provide grants of up to $25,000 to support the recovery of communities in rural areas of Australia in an LGA with a bushfire disaster declaration from September 2019 to January / February 2020. It is anticipated that there will be three funding rounds.

Applications will be accepted at any time and assessed initially as follows:

Funding Round Assessment Period
Round 1


Round 2




The News Corp Bushfire Fund Grants program Round 2 is now closed.

Applications can be made by not-for-profit community-based organisations operating in rural communities in an LGA with a bushfire disaster declaration, from September 2019 to January / February 2020. All eligible applications are considered on their merit. Applications are assessed based on the documentation received at the time of application.

NOTE: All documentation requested is to be received at the time of application. Due to the anticipated volume of applications FRRR is unlikely to follow up missing documentation after they have been submitted

If you are unable to provide the required documentation due to bushfire damage, please call FRRR on 1800 170 020 or email

Please read the guidelines and supporting documents before applying.
FRRR uses an online grants administration system called Grants Gateway. All applications for the News Corp Bushfire Fund grants program will be submitted via FRRR's Grants Gateway online portal.

Please download and save the Grants Gateway How-To Guide and the Grants Gateway FAQs to your desktop, and read through them thoroughly to help get you started. You may need to refer to them during the application process.

PLEASE NOTE: Ensure there are only numbers in your budget, or the auto-calculate function won't work - i.e. do not include commas, full stops or dollar signs - only numbers.

We want to make sure that applying to our programs is as easy as possible. Let us know if you have any problems by calling 1800 170 020, or emailing

To begin your application for the News Corp Bushfire Fund grants program, click on the Apply Now button below.

For more information on this process, please read the following documents:

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Grants Gateway Return to applications

Further information

More information about the program is available by contacting FRRR's Philanthropic Services Manager, Corporate, Danielle Griffin, on 1800 170 020 or email.

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