Disaster risk reduction activities across Victoria will be bolstered with $6.5 million of joint Australian and Victorian Government funding now available.
The Risk and Resilience Grants Program is part of a $33.4 million five-year commitment under the National Partnership Agreement on Disaster Risk Reduction to reduce the risk and impact of natural disasters in Victoria.
Minister for Emergency Management David Littleproud said that the grants would be available to provide expert agencies with the resources they need to prepare and respond to natural disasters now and into the future.
“This funding will support the Victorian emergency management sector to develop effective strategies to minimise the impact of floods, bushfires and other devastating disasters,” Minister Littleproud said.
“We’ll never be able to eradicate disasters, but we can always ensure we are better prepared for when they strike.”
Victorian Acting Minister for Police and Emergency Services Danny Pearson said the program was vital to reducing disaster risk and that local agencies informed by community are best placed to determine the most effective approaches.
“The program will support initiatives to reduce disaster risks by strengthening the resilience of infrastructure and managing the local and regional risks of natural disasters,” Minister Pearson said.
“Applications for the Risk and Resilience Grants Program are open to a wide range of government and non-government organisations, and I actively encourage them to take advantage of this funding opportunity made possible by the Commonwealth and Victorian governments.”
Further information about the Risk and Resilience Grants Program, including eligibility criteria and co-contributions, can be found on the Emergency Management Victoria website at
www.emv.vic.gov.au The outcome of applications will be announced in June 2021.