The following grant programs are currently open, which may be relevant to Landcare projects:
Communities Environment Program
The Australian Government is investing more than $22 million in 2019-20 to deliver a wide range of on-ground projects that conserve, protect and sustainably manage our environment.
Under the Communities Environment Program, each federal electorate can receive up to $150,000 in grant funding for small-scale, community-led projects – nominated by the local Member of Parliament in consultation with the community – with a focus on environmental priorities such as:
- waste and litter reduction
- protecting native animals, including our threatened species
- addressing weeds and pest animals
- restoring and improving coasts, wetlands, riverbanks and waterways
- greening parks and urban areas.
This program aims to support the environmental priorities of local community and environment groups in their regions and neighbourhoods. It aims to not only recover and strengthen our environment, but also to build and strengthen our communities.
Each electorate can receive funding for up to 20 projects, with the minimum grant amount being $2500 and the maximum grant amount set at $20,000. Sitting Members of Parliament will consult with their community to identify potential projects for their respective electorates.
This is a fantastic opportunity for Landcare groups including Bushcare, Coastcare and ‘Friends of’ groups, also for schools involved in Junior Landcare to implement projects that benefit their local community.
My Community Project
My Community Project will enable individuals to put forward ideas for projects in their area, and a public vote will show which projects have the most community support to receive funding. Successful projects will receive funding between $20,000 and $200,000.
People can nominate projects together with the support of a local organisation as the project sponsor. Community groups may sponsor projects – maybe you or someone else in your group has a project idea that the community group is willing to sponsor. Your group may also be approached by people within your community to support their ideas. Some examples of projects that could be funded include playgrounds, community transport services, public gardens, upgrades to local sporting or community facilities, public art, cultural festivals, programs for youth and health initiatives.
Project applications open on 2 April 2019 for six weeks, closing on 15 May. The public vote will be open for four weeks from 15 July to 15 August. The projects with the most support in the community vote will be funded.
The program guidelines and fact sheets together with more information about the program is available at nsw.gov.au/mycommunityproject.
Hunter Local Land Services – Community Small Grants Program
Hunter Local Land Services, through funding from the Catchment Action NSW program, will be delivering a three year program for community groups, networks or associations and individuals in building knowledge, skills and participation in land management practices. Landcare groups, industry associations or farmer networks, pest animal networks, aboriginal organisations or other NRM or agricultural community organisations are encouraged to apply.
The Community Small Grants program aims:
1) To build community skills and knowledge in land management practices
2) To build community participation and knowledge and skills with community organisations or local communities
Maximum $2000 per project
Applications can be submitted at any time. Please note the closing dates for individual assessment rounds in regards to your proposal/activity.
Closing dates for application rounds are:
2019: 1 April, 1 July, 1 October
2020: 1 February, 1 March, 1 April 1 July, 1 October
2021: 1 February, 1 March
For further information or to apply visit: https://hunter.lls.nsw.gov.au/our-region/grants-funding-scholarships
Hunter Region Landcare Network – workshop grants
Thanks to the generous support of the Hunter Local Land Services, HRLN once again has funding available for a series of field-days/workshops, hosted by our Member Groups, on topics of interest to the Landcarers in their local area. If successful, your Group will receive up to $1500 for hosting the event which will improve the skills and capacity of the Landcarers in your local area. This funding allows for guest presenters, catering and other costs of hosting the workshop. It also provides general support for expenses the group may incur in carrying out Landcare activities or projects throughout the year. The workshop must be held before 31 May 2019. Find out more at https://hunterlandcare.org.au/hunter-region-landcare-workshop-grants-2018-2019/
If your Landcare group would like any assistance applying for grants for Landcare works please contact Kate Meares at the Landcare Resource Centre on 4921 0392 or email@example.com . Remember all grants applied for under the Lake Macquarie Landcare Volunteer Network require approval from the LMLVN Committee and the Landholder – see Grants and Funding for more information and resources.