Our Marine Parks Grants

What is the Our Marine Parks Grants?

The Our Marine Parks Grants is a program to create opportunities for marine stakeholders including regional and Indigenous communities, the tourism sector, recreational and commercial fishing, and the seafood industry to build their capacity to take an active role in the management of Australian Marine Parks.

 

Background

The Our Marine Parks Grants Round 3 was announced as part of the Australian Government’s Ocean Leadership Package on 23 April 2021. The Ocean Leadership Package, funded through the department, contributes to the Portfolio Budget Statement:

  • Outcome 1: Management of Commonwealth reserves as outstanding natural places that enhance Australia’s well-being through the protection and conservation of their natural and cultural values, supporting the aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in managing their traditional land and sea Country, and offering world class natural and cultural visitor experiences.

The Our Marine Parks Round 3 grant opportunity will support and empower Australia’s ocean communities and industries, building their capacity to take an active role in the management of Australian Marine Parks and protect our unique marine environment, while supporting employment opportunities and economic recovery.

 

Objectives

The Our Marine Parks Grants Round 3 seeks to support achievement of Australian Marine Park objectives: 

  • the protection and conservation of biodiversity and other natural, cultural and heritage values of marine parks in the Australian Marine Park Network
  • ecologically sustainable use and enjoyment of the natural resources within marine parks in the Australian Marine Park Network, where this is consistent with objective (a),

including through projects which aim to:

  • improve capacity of regional and Indigenous communities to deliver outcomes that support ongoing management and health of Australian Marine Parks.
  • develop tourism operator capability to deliver environmentally and culturally appropriate, high-quality recreation and tourism experiences in or associated with Australian Marine Parks, contributing to Australia’s visitor economy.
  • improve ecosystem health and understanding of marine park values and the pressures impacting on them, including, but not limited to, projects with the recreational and commercial fishing sectors and the seafood industry.

 

Funding

For this grant opportunity, up to $8.6 million GST exclusive will be paid over 2 years from 2021–22 to 2022–23.

  • The minimum grant amount is $30,000 GST exclusive.
  • The maximum grant amount is $500,000 GST exclusive.

 

Eligible Projects

The following list provides ideas only:

  • Activities that improve capacity of regional and Indigenous communities to deliver outcomes that support ongoing management and health of Australian Marine Parks
    • Develop sea Country plans that include Australian Marine Parks, and identify values, assess pressures on values, establish management strategies, and detail priority actions and performance indicators.
    • Initiatives to enable Indigenous communities to undertake Australian Marine Park management, such as research and monitoring, compliance incident reporting and awareness raising, capacity building (including ranger and training programs), engagement and educational activities, onshore ghost gear and marine debris removal.
    • Develop culturally focussed visitor information or guided experiences that raise awareness and appreciation of Australian Marine Park values, or help to identify and manage access to, and use of, culturally important sites in Australian Marine Parks.
    • Facilitate cultural stewardship in the tourism or community sector by developing opportunities to recognise, promote or celebrate the cultural heritage of Australian Marine Parks.
    • Undertake catchment management to improve water quality directly entering Australian Marine Parks, such as community education and monitoring activities.
  • Activities that develop tourism operator capability to deliver environmentally and culturally appropriate, high-quality recreation and tourism experiences in or associated with Australian Marine Parks, contributing to Australia’s visitor economy
    • Infrastructure to protect Australian Marine Park values.
    • Citizen science and restoration activities associated with tourism in Australian Marine Parks.
    • Engage and support scientific research to better understand and manage pressures at key tourism sites.
    • Value-add to existing tourism products or develop new high-quality visitor information products (for example, brochures, video, signage) for on-water experiences to engage tourists in safe visitor experiences in Australian Marine Parks and improve appreciation of park values.
    • Snorkel and dive trails or underwater experiences consistent with Australian Marine Park values at visited coral reefs.
    • Establish innovative visitor experiences at aquariums and national institutions, which promote sustainable ocean and Australian Marine Park management.
    • Design immersive experiences (video presentations, installations or signage) at key locations or attractions (for example, visitor centres, museums, ferry or cruise ship terminals, look-outs, boat ramps and ports, airports or other key coastal points of interest) adjacent to or with a strong connection to Australian Marine Parks.
    • Develop a program to train and certify tourism operators in safe practices while operating in Australian Marine Parks to ensure impacts to values are minimised.
  • Activities that improve ecosystem health and understanding of marine park values and the pressures impacting on them, including, but not limited to, projects with the recreational and commercial fishing sectors and the seafood industry.
    • Partnering with community or Indigenous organisations trialling adaptation activities to protect natural values from climate change.
    • Develop fishing industry training or awareness programs, or tools to:
      • minimise the impacts of fishing on non-target species, including protected species identification and handling,
      • improve the ability of fishers to easily and effectively comply with the rules and understand values of Australian Marine Parks.
    • Industry participation in citizen science activities and sharing of existing knowledge to increase awareness and understanding of Australian Marine Park values.
    • Undertake sustainability certification of Australian fisheries to promote more sustainable practices and increase the value and marketability of their catch.
    • Trial and transition fisheries to new fishing gear, technology or fishing patterns to reduce interaction with threatened and protected species, non-target species, or habitats.

 

Eligible Applicants

To be eligible you must be one of the following entity types:

  • Indigenous Corporation
  • Company
  • Local Government
  • Cooperative
  • Incorporated Association
  • Statutory Entity
  • Corporate State or Territory Entity

Applications from Universities are encouraged, provided they meet one of the eligible entity types listed above.

Applications from consortia are acceptable, as long as you have a lead applicant who is solely accountable to the Commonwealth for the delivery of grant activities and is an eligible entity as per the list above.

To be eligible to apply, you must:

  • have an account with an Australian financial institution
  • provide a response to each of the assessment criterion listed in section 6 of the guidelines
  • certify that your proposed project does not duplicate other government-funded management actions that are already underway in the location you are proposing to undertake activities
  • certify that you do not have any overdue reports, acquittals or debt associated with previous Australian Government funding that would impede your ability to achieve the objectives of this project. You may be asked to supply details of your management of projects as part of the assessment process or at a later date.

 

Timing

Applications close 16 December 2021.

 

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