Up to $250,000 is available from Threatened Species Recovery Fund to protect Threatened Species, leverage additional investment and assist with delivering on the Targets and Action Areas in the Threatened Species Strategy.

Threatened Species Recovery Fund

Threatened Species Recovery Fund

In 2016, the Minister for the Environment announced a $5 million Threatened Species Recovery Fund to support communities to actively protect Threatened Species, leverage additional investment, and assist with delivering on the Targets and Action Areas in the Threatened Species Strategy.

The Fund sits within the National Landcare Programme and will deliver tangible benefits for Australia’s Threatened Species, as well as helping improve community involvement in their recovery.



Up to $4.1 million (GST exclusive) is available for grants to eligible groups though this Open Round. This will be a competitive process so not all Applicants will receive Funding. This is the only competitive round planned under the Fund.

Applications are sought for Projects between $20,000 (GST exclusive) and $250,000 (GST exclusive).


Eligible Projects

Applications for Threatened Species Recovery Fund should:

  • Clearly demonstrate how the activities will benefit EPBC Act listed Threatened Species;
  • Clearly demonstrate how the Projects help meet the Targets or Action Areas in the Threatened Species Strategy;
  • Be based on scientific advice or evidence or align with relevant plans, including Conservation Advices, Recovery Plans and Threat Abatement Plans;
  • Benefit multiple species where appropriate; and
  • Have benefits that are maintained into the future.

The Threatened Species Recovery Fund aims to support Projects that involve community groups such as ‘Friends of’ groups, non-government organisations, recovery teams, Indigenous communities, NRM organisations and local governments engaged in on-ground recovery initiatives. It also aims to support Projects that grow community awareness and support for Threatened Species. Applications that can leverage third party cash contributions are encouraged and will be highly regarded in the Assessment Process.

To be eligible for consideration, Applications for Threatened Species Recovery Fund must:

  • contribute to one or more Targets or Action Areas in the Threatened Species Strategy
  • benefit one or more Threatened Species listed under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).
  • involve community organisations or local communities
  • include eligible activities only, as specified in Section 3 of the Guidelines
  • be received by the Department by the Closing Time
  • be submitted on the on-line or hard copy Application Form
  • be lodged by an eligible Applicant
  • be one of no more than five applications submitted by the Applicant
  • be:
    • seeking funding of between $20,000 and $80,000 (GST exclusive) and have a completion date of 31 December 2018; or
    • seeking funding of between $80,000 and $250,000 (GST exclusive) and have a completion date of 30 June 2019.
  • be for a Project located within Australia or its territories.


Eligible Applicants

To be eligible for Threatened Species Recovery Fund, the Applicant must:

  • be a legal entity, such as:
    • an individual
    • a legally incorporated organisation or cooperative society
    • a body corporate
    • a company
    • a trustee of a trust
    • an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander organisation, council or incorporated association;
    • a government related entity (e.g. a local, state or Commonwealth government authority or agency)
  • either:
    • have an Australian Business Number (ABN) and be registered for GST, if required to be registered by the Australian Tax Office; or
    • if the Applicant does not have an ABN, have completed a Statement by a Supplier Form explaining why the Project proponent is not required to have an ABN, which must be attached to the Application. The template is available on the ATO website.
  • pass all criminal and background checks if conducted by the Department.



Applications close 15 June 2017.


More Information


Threatened Species Recovery Fund Recipients

Approved Threatened Species Recovery Fund Open Round Projects:

Funding recipient Title DescriptionFunding (GST excl.)Project locations
Southern Regional Natural Resource Management AssociationSaving Eucalyptus morrisbyi, one of Australia’s most threatened EucalyptsEmergency intervention will be undertaken to secure Eucalyptus morrisbyi in the wild. This species is on the brink of extinction with only a small number of non-reproductive individuals remaining and poor representation in seed banks. Emergency intervention will be realised through an NRM South facilitated collaboration between community groups and the Parks and Wildlife Service, with support from key experts. Safe havens will be created, protecting plants from browsing and wildfire. Habitat will be improved by infill planting and controlling invasive grasses to reduce competition. Activities will be informed by the results of recent field trials investigating successful methodologies for protecting juvenile plants and revegetation. The genetic diversity of the existing seed banked material will be supplemented by investigating the provenance and genetic diversity of community plantings.$82,000TAS
Royal Botanic Gardens BoardA conservation strategy integrating seed biology, ex-situ collections and genetic characterisation to secure a viable future for the endangered chenopod Sclerolaena napiformisDetailed field surveys of populations will establish baselines for ongoing monitoring. Seed will be banked at RBGV and germination cues identified. Genetic testing of mature plants and seeds ensures that natural variation is represented in banked seed to facilitate future genetic manipulation of populations. New seed from each population will be collected, tested for viability and a subset characterised genetically to allow detection of selfing/outcrossing. Combined, this information will indicate any need for mitigating the negative effects of low diversity and/or inbreeding depression through mixing genetic material between populations. Ex-situ plants will be used experimentally to identify growth responses to heat and water stress to approximate responses of populations under warming climatic conditions, as well as serving as a seed orchard to provide extra seed for future restorations.$104,967NSW, VIC
Office of Environment and HeritageProtect magenta lilly pilly & improve habitat in the Great Lakes through