Red Cross offers additional bushfire grants for people in severe financial hardship

Australian Red Cross is opening a final round of support grants for people affected by the bushfires in extreme financial hardship.

The current grant is up to $2500. It is for people who have already accessed assistance previously, and can help cover re-establishment and rebuilding costs as well as food, bills or medical costs.

“We are grateful for the generous donations of the Australian and international community – $242 million. Ninety per cent of those funds have been disbursed or spent. The remainder will go to this support, and recovery programs over the next two years,” said Noel Clement, Red Cross Director of Australian Services.

“Recovery from a disaster of this scale is not measured in weeks, but in months and years. Red Cross recovery teams will continue to be there in 46 local government areas for the next two years.

“Australians have shown extraordinary resilience in the face of compounding disasters. We know recovery goes well beyond finances and is equally about people’s sense of hope, family security and community cohesion.

“Our recovery teams continue to help people access support, encourage healing through social connection and assist service providers to meet the unique needs of bushfire survivors.”

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