Bushfire Recovery Grants 

Support for community organisations

We've launched Bushfire Recovery Grants of up to $50,000 to help support local communities.

To be eligible to receive a Bushfire Recovery Grant, each applicant must:

  • Be a community organisation, fire service, school, sporting club or non-government organisation based in a bushfire affected area. Individuals or business are not eligible to apply.
  • Need to replace or repair facilities or property which was lost or damaged by bushfire during the 2019-20 bushfire season and is not likely to be covered by insurance; or

    Want to implement community activities that aim to strengthen social connectedness, emotional wellbeing and assist communities to recover from the recent bushfires;
  • Be able to identify how their proposed activity or the repair or replacement of the facilities or property will benefit the community;
  • Not be implementing projects with any political objectives; and
  • Hold a current bank account in Australia in its name.

Helpful reading:  Grant Guidelines, FAQs and Review Matrix

Applications are now closed.

Are you a business or individual needing support? 

CommBank Bushfire Recovery Grants are only available to community organisations. Other support may be available to you: 

Bushfire Recovery Grant applications are now closed.

Australian Red Cross grants for individuals 

Immediate assistance is available for bushfire-affected people in financial hardship.

The cash grants available are:

  • Emergency grant for people who have lost their homes
  • Injury grant for people who were hospitalised due to the fires
  • Primary residence repair grant for home owners whose homes have been structurally damaged

Grant applications will be open until 30 April 2020. Visit Australian Red Cross for more information or get help with your application at your local branch

Help for our customers

Emergency Assistance Packages

Individuals & firefighters

  • Customised payment arrangements for your home loan, credit card or personal loan
  • Waiving fees and charges
  • Temporary overdrafts, additional loans or emergency credit limit increases (subject to credit approval)
  • Waiving fees and notice periods for early access to term deposits
  • Other individual support options may also be available to you, including cash grants
  • To access this support please visit us in branch or phone us on 1300 720 814
  • For CommInsure customers, we are able to assist with emergency accommodation if your home has been damaged
  • We can also expedite claims to CommInsure for customers seeking help through their home, contents and car insurance
  • Information regarding making CommInsure claims, including contacting CommInsure, is available online here


  • Loan restructuring for your existing business loans
  • Considering requests for additional loans including emergency credit limit increases (subject to credit approval)
  • Waiving fees for temporary and damaged merchant EFTPOS terminals, as well as merchant fees on EFTPOS terminals and e-Commerce facilities until trading recommences
  • Waiving fees and notice periods for early access to term deposits
  • Waiving other selected fees and charges
  • Other additional assistance might also be available for your business, including cash grants
  • To access this support please contact your dedicated CommBank relationship manager or phone us on 13 26 07

CANGive Bushfire Appeal 

Since January, we’ve raised over $2.8 million in support of the Australian Red Cross bushfire disaster relief.

You can continue to show your support by making a donation:

Account name: Australian Red Cross

BSB: 062000

Account number: 16487913

Ref: CBA Disaster Relief


The CommBank Baggy Green Tour: Supporting bushfire affected communities

As Australians band together to face the devastating fires, we’ve been incredibly humbled by the generosity, bravery and heroism of our people and customers. In an effort to raise money for the bushfire appeal, CommBank purchased Shane Warne’s iconic baggy green through auction, with all money raised going to the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund.

The Baggy Green is a national symbol for mateship, resilience and the Aussie can-do spirit. From Bateman’s Bay, New South Wales, to Mount Barker, South Australia, and Gippsland, Victoria, the cap will visit local schools, cricket clubs and community centres, where cricket fans across the country will have the opportunity to view or take their picture with the cap for a small donation. Following the tour, the cap will become a permanent exhibit at the Bradman Museum in Bowral NSW.

Full tour details