Up to $5,000 is available from Victorian Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants to fund projects that boost biodiversity through the development, improvement or restoration of habitat for native plants and animals.
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 $400,000 (excluding GST) for the Victorian Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants.
Eligible applicants can apply for a grant of up to $5,000 (excluding GST).
The 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), and/or
- Educating, involving and engaging young people in valuing and actively caring for Victoria’s natural environment.
Projects can be direct-action (with an on-ground component), indirect action (with an education component), or a mixture of both.
The Victorian Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants will fund:
- Planting of native species indigenous to your local area
- Bush tucker gardens
- Removal of invasive weeds
- Seed collection and propagation
- Nest box construction & installation
- Placing logs and rocks as shelter for animals
- Knowledge sharing of environmental issues such as habitat and biodiversity loss, fragmentation, introduced species and human impact
- Installation of interpretative signage
- Purchase of project infrastructure and equipment (e.g. wheelbarrows, tools, gloves, watering cans, irrigation equipment, fencing, seating, paving etc.). Note – equipment is limited to a maximum of $1,000 or 20 per cent
of the total budget
- Purchase of material to support education and awareness raising activities, e.g. posters or information booklets
- Bus hire to undertake an environmental education program or excursion. Note – limited to a maximum of $1000 or 20 per cent of the total budget
- Engaging an inspiring environmental educator or speaker to come to your school or group to present on a topic of interest
- Citizen science activities (e.g. undertaking background research, monitoring changes, collecting data on local native animals and plants)
- Contractor fees to assist on-ground works e.g. landscaper for earth works
The Victorian Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants are open to any school (primary or secondary), kindergarten, childcare centre, Scout or Girl Guides group, or youth group located in Victoria.
To be eligible, schools or groups must work with young people (preferably under the age of 18).
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 20 July 2018.