The Disaster Ready Fund: Round Two, 2024-25

The application period for the Disaster Ready Fund: Round Two, 2024-25 is now open and will close on Wednesday 20 March 2024. A Victorian application guide is now available below. Guidelines for Round Two can be accessed on NEMA’s website (External link).

Applications will only be accepted through SmartyGrants, a web-based grants management system, which can be accessed from this page.

About the Disaster Ready Fund

The Disaster Ready Fund is the Australian Government’s flagship disaster resilience and risk reduction initiative which will fund projects to support Australians to manage the physical, social and economic impacts of disasters caused by climate change and other natural hazards.

The Australian Government has announced that up to $1 billion will be committed through the Disaster Ready Fund over 5 years, from 1 July 2023 to 30 June 2028.

The primary objectives of the DRF are to: 

  1. increase the understanding of natural hazard disaster impacts, as a first step towards reducing disaster impacts in the future
  2. increase the resilience, adaptive capacity and/or preparedness of governments, community service organisations and affected communities to minimise the potential impact of natural hazards and avert disasters, and
  3. reduce the exposure to risk, harm and/or severity of a natural hazard’s impacts, including reducing the recovery burden for governments and vulnerable and/or affected communities.

Applications must be made through state and territory leads. EMV will coordinate applications for inclusion in a single over-arching Victorian application in Round Two.


The following organisations from Victoria may propose individual projects for the Victorian application of the Disaster Ready Fund:

  • State government departments and agencies
  • Local government
  • Floodplain management authorities
  • Emergency service organisations
  • Peak bodies and incorporated associations/organisations with an emergency management purpose, connection or interest
  • Research institutions
  • Private and non-government organisations, including small business and associated business groups.

Current funding opportunity

The Australian Government has announced that there is no minimum or maximum amount of Australian Government funding per project, within the total allocated for 2024-25 of up to $197 million.

All projects must be finalised within 3 years of execution of the funding agreement.

Project owners must contribute at least 50 per cent of eligible project expenditure towards each project. 

Application process

Interested organisations should review:

How to apply

Project proposals will only be accepted through SmartyGrants, a web-based grants management system.

To submit your application:

  • please read the Victorian Application Guide for the Disaster Ready Fund: Round Two, 2024-25 and the Australian’s Government’s Disaster Ready Fund: Round Two, 2024-2025 Guidelines
  • register a SmartyGrants account
  • once registered, project owners will need to complete and submit the online form, attaching their Indicative Budget and Project Logic templates, supporting documents and evidence
  • submit proposal by 4pm Wednesday 20 March 2024.

Lodge your project proposal (External link)

Following submission:

  • Proposals will be assessed by a cross-sector expert panel of Victorian emergency management personnel.
  • EMV will submit a shortlist of projects in a single over-arching application on behalf of Victoria to the Australian Government for assessment and approval.

More information

If you have any queries regarding the Disaster Ready Fund we encourage you to contact our coordinating team at (External link).

You can view a range of supporting material on the NEMA DRF Round Two (External link) website.

View EMV’s responses to frequently asked questions.

Successful grant recipients

The Australian Government has awarded Victoria over $26 million in Commonwealth funding from Round One of the Disaster Ready Fund (DRF), ensuring Victoria is better protected and prepared for future national disasters.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) will work with each jurisdiction to implement funding agreements with funds to be provided as soon as possible from July 2023. Projects must be completed within 3 years.

You can view the full list of recipients on the NEMA website (External link).