What is the Regional Bushfire Recovery for Multiregional Species and Strategic Projects?
The Regional Bushfire Recovery for Multiregional Species and Strategic Projects is a grant opportunityto support bushfire recovery actions that will enhance the recovery and maximise the resilience of threatened species, ecological communities and natural assets, within the regions most impacted by the 2019–20 bushfires.
The Regional Bushfire Recovery for Multiregional Species and Strategic Projects program will run over two years from 2020-2021 to 2021-22. The program was announced as part of the Government’s $200 million investment to help native wildlife and their habitats recover from
the impacts of the 2019-20 bushfires. As part of this investment, $110 million was allocated under the Regional Fund for wildlife and habitat bushfire recovery.
The program contributes to achieving the following Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment’s Portfolio Budget Statement outcome – Outcome 1: Conserve, protect and sustainably manage Australia’s biodiversity, ecosystems, environment and heritage through research, information management, supporting natural resource management, establishing and managing Commonwealth protected areas, and reducing and regulating the use of pollutants and hazardous substances, and coordination of climate change adaptation strategy and climate change
The objective of the Regional Bushfire Recovery for Multiregional Species and Strategic Projects Program is to deliver bushfire recovery actions in one or more of the seven priority bushfire impacted regions across Australia that address the recovery of identified animal or plant species and/or ecological communities impacted by the 2019–20 bushfires.
The program is confined to seven bushfire impacted regions within Australia that have been identified as those most vulnerable following the 2019–20 bushfires.
The Australian Government has allocated up to $16 million for this grant opportunity over two financial years from 2020-21 to 2021-22.
The maximum grant amount available is outlined in Appendix A of the guidelines.
The grant amount will be up to 100 per cent of eligible project costs (grant percentage). You are responsible for the remaining per cent of eligible project expenditure plus any ineligible expenditure.
To be eligible your project must:
- be aimed at delivering activities that will directly benefit the recovery of animal or plant species and/or ecological communities impacted by the 2019-20 bushfires.
- be delivered within or for the primary benefit of, one or more of the seven bushfire impacted regions identified as those most vulnerable following the 2019-20 summer bushfires listed below and shown in the map in Appendix B of the guidelines:
- the rainforests of South-East Queensland (QLD)
- the rainforests of the NSW North Coast and Tablelands (NSW)
- the forests of the NSW South Coast (NSW)
- the Greater Blue Mountains and World Heritage Area (NSW)
- the Australian alpine environments across ACT, NSW and VIC (ACT, NSW and VIC)
- the forests and coastal ecosystems of East Gippsland (VIC)
- Kangaroo Island (SA).
Your project may also:
- be aimed at multiregional activities and/or supporting at least one of the eight individual species and two bundles of species which are listed below:
- Spot-tailed Quoll – South East Mainland population (Dasyurus maculatus maculatus)
- Grey-headed Flying Fox (Pteropus poliocephalus)
- Long-nosed Potoroo – (SE Mainland) (Potorous tridactylus tridactylus)
- Brush-tailed Rock Wallaby (Petrogale penicillata)
- Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus)
- Eastern Bristlebird (Dasyornis brachypterus)
- Gang Gang Cockatoo (Callocephalon fimbriatum)
- South-eastern Glossy Black Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus lathami lathami)
- Gliders bundle
- Greater Glider (Petauroides volans)
- Yellow-bellied Glider (Petaurus australis)
- Alpine reptiles bundle (such as the Alpine She-oak skink, Alpine Bog skink or Guthega skink)
You will be required to provide geospatial data about the project location in your application.
Refer to the guidelines for the eligible activities and eligible expenditures.
To be eligible you must:
- have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
- be an organisation invited to apply and listed in Appendix A of the guidelines
Applications close open on an ongoing basis.