Get a budget boost: community grants now available

22 February, 2018
/ By VRAN

A rabbit browsing on a shrub. Are you looking for a kick-start to your local rabbit or weed control program? Do you have a great idea to boost community participation or education?

Community groups can now apply for grants to improve their environment, raise awareness and promote local action. Funded through the National Landcare Program, Environment Small Grants will support a range of activities led by local community groups.

If it’s a local weed or rabbit problem you’d like support with, there’s quite a few eligible activities you can apply for:

Weed treatment – activities that focus on reducing the spread and impact of existing weeds, or local eradication or containment of new or emerging weeds listed on the National Environmental Alert List.

Pest or disease management – activities that focus on local eradication or reducing the impact and spread of existing pests or diseases.

Fencing – activities that provide high environmental benefits (e.g. where fencing is the most cost effective management action for the protection of a sensitive riparian area, remnant native vegetation, critical habitat area or is part of a strategy to reduce soil erosion)

Recording of Indigenous ecological knowledge – for Indigenous groups; applications must define the end products to be produced, demonstrate a reasonable future use for the knowledge to inform land or sea management

Education activities and raising community awareness/participation – activities such as workshops, field days, website development, demonstrations of techniques, community monitoring, surveys, and other awareness-raising activities

Administration support – for administration costs related to the project.

Grants will be up to 100 per cent of eligible project expenditure. The minimum grant amount is $5,000 and the maximum is $50,000.

Applications close 5 pm, 19 March 2018

More information www.business.gov.au/assistance/national-landcare-program-environment-small-grants

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