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Since its establishment in 2013, the National Disaster Recovery Fund has provided grants to many community organisations delivering local community resilience and long term recovery programs.

The Fund complements our other support programs that help communities during times of need, such as the Disaster Relief Package through which we offer immediate financial help to affected individuals.

This builds on the 200 years of support we’ve provided to customers since the Bank of NSW, the predecessor of Westpac Group, launched the first disaster relief fund in Australia to help victims of the Hawkesbury River flood in NSW in 1817-18.

Community Resilience Grants

In response to the drought currently affecting rural, regional and remote Australian communities, Westpac has donated $100,000 to support the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal’s Tackling Tough Times Together (TTTT) grant program. The TTTT grant program helps communities access the resources they need to support one another through the ongoing effects of the drought.

Grants are available for projects that directly benefit the immediate and medium-term needs of drought affected communities. More information on the TTTT program and how to apply for a grant can be found on the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal website.


Natural Disaster Recovery Grants

Often it’s only once the dust has settled that the true impact of a disaster is realised.

That’s why Westpac’s Natural Disaster Recovery Fund provides grants to help Australian communities recovering from natural disasters.

In 2017 we provided 11 grants to community organisations including:


Organisation Name Project Title Project Location
Proserpine State High School Cultural Recovery Qld, Proserpine
Volunteer Marine Rescue Whitsunday Inc Cyclone Debbie Offshore Communications Reinstatement Qld, Cannonvale
Northern Rivers Social Development Council Ltd, trading as Social Futures Connecting Home Flood Initiative NSW, East Lismore
Queensland Police-Citizens Youth Welfare Association - Bowen Branch (Bowen PCYC) PCYC Bowen - Restoration of School Aged Care Outdoor Playground Qld, Bowen
P&C Association Bowen State Primary Rebuild / Replacement of flood water damaged equipment in the community multi-purpose hall. Qld, Bowen
Whitsunday Community Services Inc. Feet First Project 2018 Qld, Cannonvale
Whitsunday Sailing Club Replacement of Safety & Rescue Boat damaged in Cyclone Debbie Qld, Airlie  Beach
The Scout Association of Australia Qld Branch Inc - Central Coast Region Rowallan Park - Amenities Repairs Qld, Toowong
C & K Queens Beach Community Kindergarten Rebuild of a children's Community Climbing Forte Qld, Bowen
Lismore Chamber of Commerce & Industry Inc Business Emergency Response Database (BERD) NSW, Lismore
Lismore Helping Hands Lismore Helping Hands - Community Recovery and Preparedness      NSW, Girards Hill

Australian Business Roundtable for Disaster Resilience and Safer Communities

As a member of the Australian Business Roundtable for Disaster Resilience and Safer Communities, Westpac Group is working together with business and community organisations to research ways to reduce the impacts of natural disasters and make our communities safer.