Up to $50,000 is available to manage local community-based organisations and groups’ natural environment and productive lands.
Community Landcare Grants build on the success of the earlier Community Action Grants initiative, with a renewed focus on sustainable farming and fisheries, agricultural innovation and community capacity building. The Community Landcare Grants are small grants available through the Sustainable Agriculture stream of the Australian Government’s Caring for our Country initiative.
Community Landcare Grants are available to help local community-based organisations and groups take on-ground action as well as build their capacity and skills to manage their natural environment and productive lands, while contributing towards program objectives, which are to:
- increase the percentage and area of farming entities that have adopted sustainable land management practices to increase productivity and improve the quality of ecosystem services delivered to the broader community from their land, whilst building their resilience to climate change
- increase the percentage of fishing and aquaculture entities that have adopted sustainable and low environmental impact management practices to increase productivity
- increase the number and area of farming and fishing entities that have trialled innovative practices for improved natural resources management
- increase the percentage of farming and fishing entities and land managers improving their knowledge and skills in managing our natural resources to deliver ecosystem services.
- increase the capacity and confidence of regional community leaders, including women, young people, Indigenous Australians and culturally diverse communities involved in agriculture or fisheries production and the protection of natural resources, and
- increase engagement and participation by regional communities, including Landcare, professional farming, industry and other community groups or individuals, in activities to manage natural resources.
The Community Landcare Grants aim to help build a skilled and capable Landcare community; encourage community participation and engagement in Landcare; share information and learnings in sustainable agricultural techniques; reduce the spread of pest species; and adopt improved sustainable land management practices.
Grants from $5000 to $50000 are made available by the Community Landcare Grants to help local community groups in their delivery of natural resource management.
Groups that can apply for the Community Landcare Grants include but are not limited to the following:
- local Landcare groups
- professional farming systems groups
- networks operating in the agricultural landscape
- friends-of organisations and other community-based groups
- groups whose membership is predominantly made up of Indigenous Australians or people from a culturally and linguistically diverse background
- women and youth groups who have been operating in the sustainable agriculture landscape
- state or peak bodies of community organisations representing the groups as outlined above. These applicants must demonstrate how the outcomes of their project will directly benefit the community at the local level.
Groups working across all geographic areas and land tenures are encouraged to apply.
To be eligible, a project must meet all of the following criteria:
- funding sought must be between $5000 and $50 000 (GST exclusive)
- funded project activities must occur after 1 July 2013 and be completed within an 18-month period
- funding cannot be used for ineligible activities identified under Part 2.4, and
- project activities must contribute to ensuring that the agricultural base (including fisheries resources) is productive and resilient.
Examples of eligible projects as well as eligible budget activities and items are provided below.
Eligible projects must address one or more of the Sustainable Agriculture stream strategic objectives, listed under Part 1.1 Activities could include, but are not limited to:
- demonstrating, trialling and adopting management practices that improve soil condition and reduce wind and water erosion
- fencing of riparian zones, wetlands, and native vegetation to reduce impacts of agriculture on the environment
- undertaking weed and pest projects that address issues at the local scale that have been identified in national strategies or demonstrate and promote innovative methods of management, or will result in the eradication of a new or emerging outbreak
- activities to reduce the impact of aquaculture/ commercial fishing on the environment, such as improvements to water quality and by-catch reduction
- developing the leadership and capacity of community organisations, including support for the community to build awareness and share learnings and successes
- hosting field days or conferences show-casing innovative sustainable agricultural practice and associated Landcare or natural resource management group activities
- conducting surveys or other sustainable agriculture awareness raising activities
- building the capacity of Indigenous Australians or people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to engage in natural resource management, sustainable agriculture and/or Landcare activities, or
- marketing and supply chain-based initiatives that promote sustainable production and support adoption of sustainable farm practices.
Applications for t he Community Landcare Grants close 5pm (AEDT) 20 March 2013.
Writing a good quality grant application is a critical element in the application process. An application needs to be well thought through, written concisely, have clear objectives and purpose, and show clear links to the objectives of the grant guidelines.
The grant application must answer all questions, provide all required information and respond to the merit criteria. It should also reflect your organisation’s business strategy.
Writing a good application takes time and effort, and requires particular writing skills.
Bulletpoint are expert grant consultants and can assist with all aspects of grant preparation.
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We have significant experience in applying for grants. Typical areas where we can be of assistance include:
- Demonstrating the identified need;
- Highlighting the relevance to current government policies and priorities;
- Complete the Project Plan and Budget Projections;
- Identify Outcomes that are measurable;
- Detail the applicant organisation’s experience or expertise in undertaking the project/s;
- Calculating the value for money; and
- Demonstrating capacity to deliver quality outcomes