Natural Disaster Resilience Grants Scheme (NDRGS)

***Applications for NDRGS grants are now open until 9am, Monday 10 September 2018***


What is the Natural Disaster Resilience Grants Scheme?

Grant funding is made available for projects under the Natural Disaster Resilience Grants (NDRGS) is to contribute towards the fulfillment of the National Strategy for Disaster Resilience (NSDR), adopted nationally in 2011.

The purpose of the Scheme is to support projects leading to strengthening community resilience to natural disasters, consistent with State risk profiles, and providing support to emergency management volunteers.

Current funding opportunity

This year, the NDRGS funding round will be accepting applications specifically focused on Flood Planning and Mitigation projects.

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

Applicants are advised to familiarise themselves with the NSDR, as applications should demonstrate a contribution to at least one of the seven key action themes of the Strategy:

  • leading change and coordinating effort
  • understanding risks
  • communicating with and educating people about risks
  • partnering with those who effect change
  • empowering individuals and communities to exercise choice and take responsibility
  • reducing risks in the built environment
  • supporting capabilities for disaster resilience.

Follow the link to the National Strategy for Disaster Resilience (External link)


Who can apply?

  • State government departments 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 is not funded?

    Grants will not be available for:

    • ongoing program funding
    • maintenance/upkeep of assets

    Projects developing products or services for commercial application, including by the not-for-profit sector, will not be considered for funding.

    Applications should be for single year projects only, multi-year projects cannot be considered this funding round as the current National Partnership Agreement for Natural Disaster Resilience concluded 30 June 2018.


    How are applications assessed?

    Applications will be assessed against the following criteria:

    · Quality of the proposal

    · Need for the project

    · Alignment to the Natural Strategy for Disaster Resilience key themes

    · Potential value of the outputs and outcomes in relation to addressing the need

    · Contribution to the achievement of inclusion and sustainability outcomes

    · Value for money

    An assessment panel will be chaired by Emergency Management Victoria (EMV) and will contain experts who are experienced emergency management and flood planning/mitigation personnel.


    How to apply?

    Applications for NDRGS funds must be submitted through SmartyGrants, a web-based grants management system.

    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 relevant supporting documents and evidence, as relevant.

    The NDRGS application portal can be accessed at Smarty Grants web page (External link).

    Forms and Guidelines

    You can download the NDRGS Application Guidelines (External link)

    The Application form can be accessed through the SmartyGrants application portal.


    Who has previously received a grant?

    Need further assistance?

    More information can be obtained by calling the NDRGS liaison officer at Emergency Management Victoria on (03) 8685 1309 or by email to (External link)



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