Background
The Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) Disaster Relief Fund is a charitable fund which aims to raise and distribute funds to provide relief and assistance to farmers and rural Victorians who suffer loss or are suffering distress as a result of flood or other natural disaster.

The DRF Committee resolved to make available additional funds from the DRF reserve for bushfire impacted farmers. The Fund is accepting applications for grants of up to $3000 (excluding GST) for infrastructure items to support farmers who have experienced fire damage on their property in the recent fires.

Applications open on Thursday 28 May 2020. Funds will be allocated on a ‘first in, best dressed’ basis until the available funding is committed. Previous applicants need not reapply. Due to the limited funds available, only applications via email will be accepted.

Purpose

The grants are to support farmers, whose properties were damaged in the recent fires, to purchase infrastructure items – e.g. fencing materials, water infrastructure (pipes, troughs), livestock handling (cattle yards), seed or fertiliser.

Eligibility
Further details are included on the application form (see below). If you require any assistance in completing this form, please contact the VFF via email at firerecovery2020@vff.org.au or by telephone on 1300 882 833.

NOTE: If you experience any difficulty in inserting your signature electronically on the application form, please opt for one of the following:
 
OPTION ONE: Print out page four of the application form, sign the page, either scan it or take a photo of it, and email it back with your completed application form, OR
OPTION TWO: Email your completed application form without your electronic signature and include the following statement in the body of the email text:
 
By submitting the attached application form, I declare that:
(a) I live in a fire impacted area and my property was damaged by the December/January fire.
(b) If successful, the grant funds received will be utilised on my property by 30 June 2020.
(c) I acknowledge that use of the grant funds may be reviewed/audited at a future point in time.
 
Insert your full names and address.
 
APPLICATIONS WITHOUT A SIGNATURE OR EMAIL DECLARATION WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED