Up to $5,000 is available from Victorian Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants to engage young Victorians in outdoor, hands-on, on-ground projects, and environmental learning activities.
Victorian Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants
The Victorian Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants offer funding for projects that seek to involve and educate young Victorians in valuing and actively caring for our natural environment.
The Victorian Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants are being run by Landcare Australia, as part of its Junior Landcare program, in partnership with the Victorian Department of Environment, Land Water & Planning Victorian Landcare Program Team. The grants will provide an opportunity to secure funding to engage young Victorians in outdoor, hands-on, on-ground projects, and environmental learning activities that provide both environmental and educational outcomes, as well as health and social benefits.
The Victorian Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants program has a focus on:
- On-ground projects that restore, protect, enhance, or develop habitat for native flora and fauna, and/or address threats to biodiversity e.g. weed invasion, habitat loss etc; and / or
- Projects that increase opportunities for children to connect with their natural environment e.g. a school excursion to Healesville Sanctuary; and / or
- Projects that educate and raise awareness, among young people, of the benefits and importance of biodiversity and a healthy environment, and/or how they can contribute to environmental improvement.
The Victorian Government is providing funding of up to $410,000 for the 2019 Victorian Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants. Eligible applicants can apply for a grant of up to $5,000 (excluding GST).
The 2019 Victorian Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants will provide funding for projects that have a focus on:
- Improving biodiversity through the development, improvement or restoration of habitat for Victoria’s native plants (flora) and animals (fauna). This may include on-ground projects that focus on:
- Habitat creation and improvement (e.g. planting indigenous vegetation, nest box installation and monitoring); and/or
- Address threats to biodiversity in your local area (e.g. weed invasion, fencing to exclude stock or predators and pests such as rabbits etc.)
- Educating, involving and engaging young people in valuing and actively caring for Victoria’s natural environment. This may include:
- Projects that increase opportunities for young people to engage with Victoria’s biodiversity and connect with our natural environment. For example, an outdoor classroom with local indigenous vegetation, a nature trail, or a school excursion to Healesville Sanctuary or a local national park visitor centre; and/or
- Projects that educate and raise awareness, among young people, of the benefits and importance of biodiversity and a healthy local environment, and/or how they can contribute to environmental and biodiversity improvement. For example, installation of interpretive signage, creating of biodiversity-themed posters, an educational talk from a local scientist or environmental volunteering group working in wildlife conservation, citizen science activities in which students collect data about their local environment and the plants and animals that live there.
Examples of projects that address both of the key focus areas include:
- Independent student project work researching threats to biodiversity such as pest plants and animals, habitat loss, climate change etc. (education focus), paired with an on-ground handson weeding or planting activity in a local reserve, where students can apply their learnings (on-ground focus).
- In-class learning activities focused on protecting Victorian threatened species (education focus) paired with a nest box installation and monitoring program to support a local threatened species (providing both environmental outcomes [habitat creation] and educational outcomes for students who learn apply and reinforce in-class learnings by participating in the nest box monitoring).
The 2019 Victorian Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants are open to any school (primary or secondary), kindergarten, childcare centre, Scouts or Girl Guides, or youth group in Victoria.
To be eligible, schools or groups must work with young people (preferably under the age of 18).
Your school/youth group/childcare centre may choose to partner with other schools/youth groups/childcare centres. In this instance, each organisation will need to submit a separate application. In the application form, you will be required to indicate if you are partnering with another
organisation in your project, so partner applications can be considered collectively.
Organisations operating in Victoria, including community-based organisations, that provide service or facilities are required to meet the Child Safe Standards. Applicants will be required to declare that they comply with the Child Safe Standards as part of their application submission.
Applications close 21 June 2019.