What is the Botanic Gardens Grants Program?

The Growing Victoria’s Botanic Gardens Grants Program is an initiative of the Victorian State Government to enhance the botanic gardens
across Victoria with grants to eligible gardens and projects.

 

Background

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) is delivering a grants program to rejuvenate Victoria’s botanic gardens by upgrading and enhancing the physical assets and amenities of the gardens and by growing the gardens’ important role in research, conservation and education. The program also aims to address the risks posed by climate related rainfall and temperature changes.

As the focus of the grants is to assist rural and metropolitan botanic gardens, which may be less well-resourced, the Royal Botanic Gardens (Melbourne and Cranbourne) is not participating in this grants program.

Overall, the program will assist botanic gardens to be innovative in meeting increased visitation and changing community needs. Botanic gardens as
‘living’ assets need to evolve, while maintaining their heritage and other values, by responding to important initiatives in conservation, sustainability, health, education and tourism.

 

Funding

In total, the available funding for the Growing Victoria’s Botanic Gardens grants program Round Two is close to $2 million.

  • Grants between $20,000 to $300,000 will be awarded.
  • Projects must be completed no later than end of March in the second year following grant award.
  • Applications must demonstrate some contribution; either financial or in-kind, not necessarily equivalent to the amount of grant funding sought.

 

Eligible Projects

he following types of activities and projects are eligible for funding:

  • Upgrades that respond to risks to tree collections and plantings posed by climate change.
  • Activities that develop, guide and promote the scientific and horticultural functions of botanic gardens.
  • Initiatives that foster the enhancement of botanic gardens with indigenous or culturally and linguistically diverse collections and connections.
  • Initiatives that foster the development or enhancement of records and collections management, including training and capacity building opportunities.
  • Activities that support future-proofing initiatives that address botanical, conservation and heritage needs, including required conservation, irrigation or structural works.
  • Initiatives that promote sustainable use of resources such as reduced energy or water use, and adaptive water management practices.
  • Activities that support enhancements and accessibility to community assets such as plantings, gardens, picnic facilities, trails and nature play areas, catering to visitors including local, indigenous and culturally diverse communities.
  • Initiatives that deliver increased community understanding and appreciation of botanic garden values including therapeutic and well- being benefits, heritage conservation, biodiversity, ‘garden to table’ opportunities and connections to indigenous or culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
  • Collaborations and partnerships between stakeholders such as friends and community groups and including indigenous and culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

 

Eligible Applicants

This program provides funds for projects and  activities that support recognised botanic gardens located across Victoria.

The following parties can apply for funding:

  • A committee of management appointed under the Crown Land (Reserves) Act 1978. Groups must meet the conditions of clause 14(4)(a) any three or more persons or 14(4)(e) any board, committee, commission, trust or other body corporate or unincorporated established by or under any Act for any public purpose.
  • A Victorian municipal council.
  • A trust appointed pursuant to a restricted Crown grant.
  • A community or not-for-profit organisation, associated with and auspiced by a botanic garden owner or manager, and that is a legal entity (for example an incorporated association, incorporated cooperative or indigenous corporation).

Please note that an incorporated not-for-profit organisation must provide proof of not-for-profit status. In addition, to be eligible for funding, applicants must:

  • Be an incorporated body, cooperative or association (including business associations).
  • Be financially solvent.

 

Timing

Applications close 16 July 2020.

 

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