18 May 2020

Grant applications opened for ongoing bushfire recovery

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Media Release  |  Catholic Emergency Relief Australia  |  May 18 2020

Grant applications opened for ongoing bushfire recovery

Ms Pascoe said Catholic Emergency Relief Australia is also lending its support to the Church’s coronavirus response, playing a coordinating role in an audit of Catholic facilities that could be used to help during the pandemic or in future emergency situations.

“This is not about trying to weigh up if the bushfires or the pandemic are the greater challenge, but about recognising that there are people who are struggling in various ways following the bushfires and their recovery has, in some ways, been stalled,” she said.

“The Church is saying that we haven’t taken our eye off this ongoing response and we are ready to inject some funding to help.”

It was announced that once $100,000 had been donated, a first application grant round would open. Significant donations from the Vietnamese Catholic community in Sydney, the Sisters of the Holy Faith religious congregation and the Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur, as well as donations from individuals, schools and community organisations, helped reach and exceed that total.

“We are very grateful for the support of people across Australia and beyond who have donated to CERA, trusting that the work of our Catholic agencies will make a difference in people’s lives,” said Ursula Stephens, CEO of Catholic Social Services Australia.

“This crisis has been felt across the country and well beyond our borders and it has inspired great generosity in people. We will repay that generosity with support and services that make a difference.”

Applications close on June 5, with donations received until that date eligible to be included in the first round of allocations. The successful applications and projects will be announced on June 15.

More information on the application process can be found on the CERA website: www.cera.catholic.org.au

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