Risk and Resilience Grants Program

The Risk and Resilience Grant Program is now closed and applications are currently being assessed.

About the Risk and Resilience Grants Program

The Risk and Resilience Grants Program is funded under the National Partnership Agreement on Natural Disaster Risk Reduction (NPA).

The NPA aims to reduce the risk and limit the impact of disasters associated with natural hazards on Australian communities and economies and will deliver on the priorities and goals of the National Disaster Risk Reduction Framework (External link).

Current funding opportunity

Grants of between $10,000 and $250,000 are currently available under this program.

Interested organisations should review the guidelines for the program and the National Disaster Risk Reduction Framework (External link) to support the development of project proposals.

Who can apply

The following organisations from Victoria can apply for the Risk and Resilience Grants Program:

  • State government and agencies including floodplain management authorities
  • municipal councils
  • volunteer 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

What can be funded

Projects must contribute to at least one outcome under the NPA and fall within the parameters of the NPA’s outputs and the National Disaster Risk Reduction Framework’s priorities.

Projects must also focus on one of the following three key themes:

  1. Climate change adaption and risk reduction – supporting climate change adaption and mitigation initiatives that reduce disaster risk.
  2. Designing for risk and resilience – supporting initiatives that strengthen the resilience of Victoria infrastructure including government and community infrastructure.
  3. Managing local and regional risks and building resilience – supporting initiatives that improve understanding of local or regional disaster risks, strengthen accountability for and governance of regional risks, and/or support initiatives that are seeking to directly reduce disaster risk at a local or regional level.

What will not be funded

Grants will not be available for:

  • Ongoing program funding or funding for projects considered to be core business of an organisation
  • Purchase (where an organisation normally provides for such investment), maintenance or upkeep of assets
  • Projects that have already commenced or are complete
  • Projects that are funded under other grant or government funding programs
  • Projects developing products or services for commercial application, including by the not-for-profit sector
  • Projects that primarily confer a potential commercial benefit upon the applicant or a key partner.

Projects that are an element of another larger project will only be considered if it will produce a discrete output that is useable on its own, even if further stages are not funded.

How applications are assessed

Applications are assessed and prioritised by an assessment panel that includes all-hazard emergency management, flood mitigation and planning experts.

All applications are assessed against the following criteria:

  • Evidence, significance and priority of the risk or need 
  • Quality of the proposal
  • Potential value or benefits of the outcomes and output in relation to addressing the needs of a Victorian community
  • Ease of implementation and delivery

There are additional criteria for research projects, and experimental or pilot projects. Refer to the Risk and Resilience Grants Program applicant guidelines for more detail.

Funding decisions may also be informed by:

  • Inclusion of Aboriginal people/groups in developing proposal and/or in implementing the project
  • Innovation, transferability and scalability
  • Additional benefits gained through collaboration 
  • Regional spread of projects
  • Agency, applicant or project diversity
  • Previous project grants under this or related programs and where other project/s have not progressed according to their original timeframe
  • Where other project/s are a precursor to the project and are not close to completion

How to apply

Submitting your application

  • Please read the 2020-21 Risk and Resilience Grants Program applicant guidelines
  • Apply for the Risk and Resilience Grants Program through SmartyGrants (External link).
  • Applicants will need to register with SmartyGrants before making an online submission.
  • Once registered, applicants will need to complete and submit the application form, attaching supporting documents and evidence, as relevant.
  • Submit your application by the due date.
  • Applications will only be accepted through SmartyGrants, a web-based grants management system. The application form can only be accessed through the SmartyGrants application portal.

Following submission

  • Once a round closes, all applications will be reviewed and prioritised by the assessment panel against eligibility and funding criteria. 
  • The Panel will forward recommendations to the Minister for Police and Emergency Services.
  • Following the Minister’s decision, you will be advised of the outcome of your application in writing.

More information

For more information, contact Emergency Management Victoria via email at emvgrants@emv.vic.gov.au (External link)