Up to $20,000 is available from the Victorian Landcare Grants to support projects that protect and restore the land and environment.
Victorian Landcare Grants
The Victorian Government is providing funding to support community-based natural resource management (NRM) groups and networks undertaking on-ground works, education and capacity building projects to protect and restore our land and environment.
The objectives of the Victorian Landcare Grants are:
- To fund projects that address local, regional and state land and environment priorities through delivery of:
- On-ground works
- Capacity building activities
- Community education and engagement
- To sustain community-based NRM groups and networks by providing support and start-up grants, particularly for groups whose continuing existence will benefit from this support.
Grants of up to $20,000 are available for on-ground works, education and capacity-building projects to protect and restore Victoria’s land and environment. Support and start-up grants of $500 are also available for new and existing groups.
These grants will fund projects that:
- Are delivered within the Victoria’s ten Catchment Management Authorities (CMAs):
- East Gippsland
- Glenelg Hopkins
- Goulburn Broken
- North Central
- North East
- Port Phillip and Westernport
- West Gippsland
- Deliver activities to protect or improve natural assets such as native vegetation, native fauna, waterways, wetlands and soils including:
- On-ground works such as weed control, pest plant and animal control, protective fencing, revegetation, artificial habitat, soil stabilisation
- Community capacity building, education and engagement activities such as property planning courses, field days, education events, demonstration sites, knowledge-gathering (e.g. surveys)
- Can demonstrate at least 1:1 matching investment. This can be either or in-kind contribution or a combination of both
- Meet the following conditions:
- Project management costs are not to exceed 15% of the total funding requested
- Total cost of capital items and equipment not to exceed $3,000. You will need to demonstrate a clear need and community benefit for any capital items included in your budget. Capital items will need to become a registered asset of the applicant group or auspicor.
- Ensuring that health and safety, cultural heritage and biodiversity impacts have been taken into account, particularly for eligible activities that have the potential for harm such as warren/den ripping.
- Can be completed and reported on no later than 30 November 2019
More than one project grant application can be submitted by a group/network.
Value for money will be considered in the assessment process. You will need to demonstrate that all activities and
budget items are necessary for the success of the project and that the amounts requested are reasonable.
It is recommended that projects are designed to be scalable to allow for partial funding in the event that full funding
is not available for projects. Generally, higher scoring projects will be funded. The projects to be funded may also
take account of the overall mix of project types and locations.
Grants are open to all Victorian Landcare and environmental volunteer groups and networks that advance the Landcare ethic and care for the environment. These include, but are not limited to:
- Coastcare groups
- Conservation Management Networks
- “Friends of” groups
- Landcare groups and networks
Applications close 12 June 2018.