What is the Environment Restoration Fund Safe Havens Grants?

The Environment Restoration Fund Safe Havens Grant is a program that support the creation of new or expanded safe havens for priority threatened mammals and other threatened species.

 

Background

The Environment Restoration Fund Safe Havens Grants opportunity will run over three years from 2020-21 to 2022-23. This program is part of a $10 million election commitment announced in May 2019 under the Environment Restoration Fund, an initiative running from 2019-20 to 2022-23 to support the creation of safe havens for threatened species.

Safe havens are areas where invasive predators such as feral cats and foxes, have been permanently removed from fenced areas and islands to provide long term protection for native wildlife.

 

Objectives

The objective of this program is to:

  • reduce extinction risk to nationally listed threatened species through strategic expansion of the safe haven network

The intended outcomes of the program are to:

  • improve the representation of priority threatened mammal species susceptible to invasive predators within safe havens
  • create new or expanded safe havens for priority threatened mammals and other threatened species, including:
    • exclosures that provide invasive predator-free habitat
    • islands from which key invasive species are eradicated
  • translocate priority threatened mammal species to new or existing safe havens.

 

Funding

Grants from $500,000 up to $1.8 million covering up to 100% of eligible project expenditure.

 

Eligible Projects

To be eligible your project must:

  • improve the representation of priority threatened mammal species protected within safe havens (island or fenced areas).
  • have at least $500,000 in eligible expenditure.

Eligible activities may include:

  • planning, designing and constructing new invasive predator exclosures by constructing exclusion fencing and/or the expanding, upgrading and extending existing invasive predator exclosures
  • establishing new or expanded predator free island safe havens
  • planning, implementing, expanding or accelerating eradication of invasive predators within exclosures or on islands
  • planning and translocating priority threatened species into invasive predator free exclosures or island safe havens as part of this project.

 

Eligible Applicants

To be eligible you must:

  • have an Australian business number (ABN)

and be one of the following entities:

  • an entity incorporated in Australia
  • a co-operative
  • a regional National Resource Management (NRM) organisation
  • an Indigenous not-for-profit corporation
  • an Australian local government agency or body
  • an Australian State/Territory Government agency or body
  • an incorporated trustee may apply on behalf of a trust

Joint applications are acceptable, provided you have a lead organisation who is the main driver of the project and is eligible to apply.

 

Timing

Applications close 11 January 2021.

 

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