NGO Flood Support Program

More help is on the way to flood-ravaged areas in Northern NSW with $13.3 million to support community and volunteer groups to deliver critical support to people in need.

Organisations are invited to apply for the NGO Flood Support Program. 

The purpose of the NGO Flood Support Program is to: 

  • support critical service delivery by NGOs in the seven highly impacted Northern Rivers LGAs: Richmond Valley, Clarence Valley, Kyogle, Lismore, Tweed, Ballina and Byron.
  • enable social cohesion and respond to community feedback about local decision making by supporting local community-led social recovery program

This funding is to be used in conjunction with, and does not replace, other NSW Government support services and/or Australian Government Disaster Assist services. 

The grants fund will not duplicate the support available via flood grants and other programs. The majority of funding is targeted to increased demand for support services to communities.

Grant funding is expected to be used flexibly. This allows eligible service providers to provide targeted support to communities throughout the recovery period, and to adapt that support as needs change.

Process to apply

There is a two stage grants process: eligibility assessment and grant assessment.

In the first stage, eligibility assessment, organisations will need to demonstrate their eligibility for a grant. Eligible organisations will then be invited in the second stage to submit an application for funding. Ineligible organisations will not be able to submit a funding application.

The grant guidelines, including assessment criteria and frequently asked questions will be published before eligible organisations are invited to submit a funding application.

You must meet all of the following criteria before you can be invited to the second stage.

Eligibility criteria

1. Operate in any of the following seven Northern Rivers LGAs: Richmond Valley, Clarence Valley, Lismore, Kyogle, Tweed, Ballina, Byron.

2. Deliver services to support individuals, families and communities.

3. Are experiencing an increased and continued demand for services since the February/March 2022 floods.

4. Incorporated organisations that are registered and approved as not-for-profit bodies by NSW Fair Trading, or

5. Not-for profit companies limited by guarantee and must have ACNC, DGR and/or ORIC status. 

You are ineligible if you meet any of these criteria:

1. Individuals, partnerships or consortiums.

2. For profit organisations.

3. NSW Government, Local Councils or Australian Government agencies and their entities.

If you do not meet all the eligibility criteria you may approach and work with an eligible organisation as a subcontractor. The eligible organisation, if successful for a grant, will be accountable to DCJ for all of their subcontracted organisations.

Please note, there is no guarantee of funding if organisations are assessed as eligible. The second grant application stage will determine funding.

Applications for registration opened at 11am Friday 3 June and closed at 5pm Monday 27 June 2022.

See Minister for Families and Communities Natasha Maclaren-Jones media release: Funding boost for flood-affected communities.


For more information please email

Last updated:

28 Jun 2022

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