NGO Flood Support Program

Open Grants

Eligibility applications closed. Assessment applications now open by invitation only.

$7.6 million is available in the NGO Flood Support Open Grant Program for community and volunteer-based NGOs operating in the seven Northern Rivers LGAs to continue providing critical services to individuals and families.

The eligibility application process for Open Grants has now closed. All applicants assessed as eligible have now been invited by email to submit an application for a grant.

If you are looking for information on current NSW Government disaster assistance please visit the NSW Disaster Relief and Support webpage.

How to apply

All applications must be made online using the SmartyGrants link sent in your invitation email.

Applications close at 5pm on Wednesday 10 August 2022.

Eligible organisations are invited to submit an application that will be assessed against the following criteria:

  1. Demonstrates there is an increased demand for their services
  2. Has the capacity to meet the increased demand for their services
  3. Has the capability to deliver high quality, flexible and sustainable services
  4. Demonstrates an ability to understand and respond to the changing needs of local communities
  5. Is able to fully expend the grant by August 2023.

How grant funds can be used

Open Grant funds can be used flexibly by organisations to sustainably delivery services throughout the recovery and to adapt that support as needs change.

Successful applicants can determine how the funds are best spent to support individuals and communities to get back on their feet and can include:

  • Staffing costs to meet the need for increased and sustained support
  • Reimbursement of expenses incurred since February-March 2022 that were directly related to the floods
  • Purchase of minor equipment and other small operating expenses up to $5,000
  • Operational costs to deliver critical service delivery, for example vehicle hire and overheads directly related to service delivery
  • Minor expenses, up to $1,000 per individual


Please refer to the Grants Administration Guide and Frequently Asked Questions to assist you in your application:

The Grants team can assist organisations with any queries regarding the application process. Please contact the Grants Team at

Direct Allocation Grants

Available by invitation only.

$4.5 million has been allocated to providers currently funded by the Department of Communities and Justice to provide services in the seven Northern Rivers LGAs for the continuing provision of critical service delivery to individuals and families.

Providers eligible for these grants were contacted directly. Applications closed at 5pm on 21 July 2022.

For more information please refer to the NGO Flood Support Direct Allocation - Grants Administration Guide (PDF , 137.8 KB) or contact the Grants Team at

Last updated:

05 Aug 2022

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