Applications are now open for round 2 of the COORDINARE - South Eastern NSW Primary Health Network's bushfire recovery grants.
The grants aim to assist communities in strengthening social connectedness and healing from the fires.
The network's CEO Dianne Kitcher said government-funded grants of up to $10,000 were available to fund grassroots, community-led health and wellbeing activities.
Round 2 of the grants focused specifically on building social connections in COVID-safe ways, and with people in isolated communities.
The types of activities that will be considered include COVID-safe events, initiatives or education sessions which support individuals and communities, focus on building community resilience, and promote help-seeking.
The network said it had provided over $367,000 in bushfire recovery grants to 67 community projects across South Eastern NSW.
Gilmore MP Fiona Phillips said that the projects funded across the region had been delivering a strong message of recovery and community spirit.
"It has been inspiring to see community groups across the South Coast come together to help and support local people in their recovery from this incredibly difficult year," Ms Phillips said.
"Projects such as the Stormbirds training program, the Surfrider Foundation's Youth Surfing program, the Murramarang Spinners and Weavers' Love Boxes, headspace Nowra's Skateboarding events, the Moos News, community barbeques, and more have been incredibly important to the local communities they are supporting and it has been inspiring to see the results."
The experiences from Round 1 grants and COORDINARE - South Eastern NSW PHN's recent Community Health and Wellbeing consultation into local needs following the bushfires and COVID-19 had informed the priorities for Round 2 of the Bushfire Recovery Grants.
Organisations and community groups based in bushfire-affected areas in the Shoalhaven and Southern NSW were eligible to apply.
To apply, visit: communityconnect.coordinare.org.au/bushfire-recovery-grants.
This initiative is supported by funding from the Australian Government through the PHN Program.