Skip to content Skip to navigation

Business and Community Recovery Grants

The Business and Community Recovery Grants Program has been established to provide financial support to businesses and community organisations within the Rural City of Wangaratta who have experienced disruption and hardship due to the devastating bushfires of January 2020 and the Covid-19 pandemic.  

At Council’s Ordinary Meeting on 28th July 2020, Council supported the Business and Community Recovery Grants Program by allocating $372,876 for business and community support grants. 

The Business and Community Recovery Grants Program is not seeking to replicate or replace Council’s Community Grants Program, Tourism Event Funding Program or existing State and Federal government packages, but to compliment these packages and identify gaps in the existing support programs.

Find out more

Council officers are available to discuss applications and provide assistance. Please email to book a time. These meetings will be predominantly held over Zoom.


Rural City of Wangaratta’s $372,876 Bushfire and COVID19 Grants Program is now open for applications.
Applications close Friday, September 11 at 4pm. 
To apply on this program, please read and understand the guidelines linked at the bottom of this page. An application form has been provided and please ensure you submit all relevant and requested information with your application. Submission details are outlined on the final page of the application form as well as contact details for officers if you require any assisance. 

If you submitted an application to this Grants Program please see below for information about assessment, advice for successful/unsuccessful applicants, and payment of the grants.
For other available assistance please visit Council's COVID-19 Support page.

Assessment of Applications

Applications will be checked for eligibility and Council Officers will undertake an initial assessment of applications.
A summary of all eligible assessments will be provided to a Senior Assessment panel who will make further recommendations on funding. 

We are hopeful of advising successful, and unsuccessful, applicants in the first week of November, 2020. 
Payments will commence following notification.


Successful applicants will be advised via email, to which will be  attached a Tax Invoice/Funding Agreement. This Agreement lists general conditions of funding, and may have special conditions relevant to your project.
By signing and returning the Tax Invoice/Funding Agreement to Rural City of Wangaratta you agree to abide by these conditions, and your payment will be processed. It is preferred that payment is by EFT to your nominated bank account.


Given the urgent nature of support required, Council will treat applications as a priority.
It is expected that projects will commence and be completed by June 30, 2021.

If, for reasons outside of your control, the project will be delayed, you must advise Council as soon as possible via email: 

Back to top