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Agriculture, Environmental, Rural & Regional

Project Funding – Woodland Birds on Farms & Healthy Landscapes

Funder:  Central Tablelands Local Land Services (LLS)

Grant Background: Financial incentives for landowners working together with Central Tablelands LLS to protect and improve the health of the region are now available.

There are two projects where funding is available – Woodland Birds on Farms and Healthy Landscapes. These projects will provide incentive funding and technical support to targeted landowners to undertake a range of activities including fencing, alternative water sources, and revegetation that will protect and enhance habitat values on your property.

The Woodland Birds on Farms project brings together species experts and the community to help the Regent Honeyeater and other declining woodland bird species survive in the Capertee Valley, Mudgee-Wollar and South-west Slopes Key Biodiversity Areas on the Central Tablelands.

A high priority is to identify remnant vegetation that can be protected from degradation (clearing or inappropriate management) within the Key Biodiversity areas, which are important habitat for the Regent Honeyeater.

In areas where Regent Honeyeaters are known to nest, they will also look at creating more habitat to ensure young Regent Honeyeaters will have plenty of food when they can’t fly too far to search for it.

Healthy Landscapes project assists private land managers to improve the extent, condition and connectivity of native vegetation and streams in priority corridor areas across the Central Tablelands. These incentives will be available to landowners within the region’s priority corridor areas.

Projects linking to priority corridor areas through existing native vegetation will also be considered for funding. Local Land Services have worked with Local Councils to identify roadside sites of high conservation value. Their aim is to increase the extent of these areas by working with adjacent landholders to improve the condition of the Grassy Box Woodland on their properties.

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Environmental

Conservation Grants

Funder:  NSW – Biodiversity Conservation Trust

Grant Background: The Biodiversity Conservation Trust’s (BCT) Conservation Partners Grants aim to assist BCT agreement holders to actively protect or improve the ecological value of their properties.

The following activities are supported:

  • Fencing—installation, repairs or replacement of wildlife-friendly conservation-related fencing (to control stock access)
  • Weed control
  • Introduced pest animal control
  • Supplementary planting, revegetation or vegetation enhancement
  • Habitat restoration—such as nest boxes, addition of ground layer including logs, rocks
  • Other maintenance—such as tracks or erosion control needed to maintain conservation value

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Community

Strengthening Rural Communities – Small & Vital

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Funder:  Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR)

Grant Background: For smaller communities, regular access to funds can be a challenge, which is why the FRRR have created the Strengthening Rural Communities(SRC) program.

The following applications will be prioritised:

  • Projects initiated and delivered by local community groups.
  • Applications from communities fewer than 15,000 people.
  • Organisations that do not have Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) Tax status.

Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) Small and Vital grants can be used for a wide range of purposes including:

  • Delivering activities, programs and services;
  • Purchasing or hiring equipment and materials;
  • Community infrastructure projects;
  • Operational and administrative costs associated with your project will be considered. This could include wages, paying a skilled contractor, or paying for overhead costs incurred in the project’s delivery.

Applications must clearly demonstrate a focus on one activity from the following seven activity areas.

1. Building community resilience

2. Developing organisational resilience and capacity

3. Enhancing environmental sustainability

4. Fostering cultural vibrancy

5. Lifelong learning and education

6. Economic strength

7. Improving community health and social wellbeing

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Environmental

Small Environmental Grant Scheme

Funder:  Wettenhall Environment Trust

Grant Background: The Scheme provides support for people undertaking projects that will make a positive difference to the natural living environment, in land, sea or air, rural or urban.

They are looking for projects around:

  • flora and fauna conservation(Australia-wide)
  • threatened mammal conservation (Australia-wide)
  • landscape restoration and education (Victoria only)

These projects should involve any of the following:

  • monitoring, recording and sharing data
  • delivering community education
  • providing community capacity building (e.g. training)
  • research and science

What they fund:

  • Projects that directly make positive changes to biodiversity conservation in Australia.
  • Projects should have some short term outputs, but also have long term objectives and values.
  • Projects that show the following: enthusiasm, collaboration, passion, innovation
  • Projects that use citizen science
  • Projects that are about community education relating to conservation

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Environmental

Small Environmental Grant Scheme

Funder:  Wettenhall Environment Trust

Grant Background: The Scheme provides support for people undertaking projects that will make a positive difference to the natural living environment, in land, sea or air, rural or urban.

They are looking for projects around:

  • flora and fauna conservation(Australia-wide)
  • threatened mammal conservation (Australia-wide)
  • landscape restoration and education (Victoria only)

These projects should involve any of the following:

  • monitoring, recording and sharing data
  • delivering community education
  • providing community capacity building (e.g. training)
  • research and science

What they fund:

  • Projects that directly make positive changes to biodiversity conservation in Australia.
  • Projects should have some short term outputs, but also have long term objectives and values.
  • Projects that show the following: enthusiasm, collaboration, passion, innovation
  • Projects that use citizen science
  • Projects that are about community education relating to conservation

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Community, Rural & Regional

Strengthening Rural Communities – Small & Vital

Funder:  Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR)

Grant Background: For smaller communities, regular access to funds can be a challenge, which is why the FRRR have created the Strengthening Rural Communities(SRC) program.

The following applications will be prioritised:

  • Projects initiated and delivered by local community groups.
  • Applications from communities fewer than 15,000 people.
  • Organisations that do not have Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) Tax status.

Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) Small and Vital grants can be used for a wide range of purposes including:

  • Delivering activities, programs and services;
  • Purchasing or hiring equipment and materials;
  • Community infrastructure projects;
  • Operational and administrative costs associated with your project will be considered. This could include wages, paying a skilled contractor, or paying for overhead costs incurred in the project’s delivery.

Applications must clearly demonstrate a focus on one activity from the following seven activity areas.

1. Building community resilience

2. Developing organisational resilience and capacity

3. Enhancing environmental sustainability

4. Fostering cultural vibrancy

5. Lifelong learning and education

6. Economic strength

7. Improving community health and social wellbeing

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Environmental

River Connections Grant

Funder:  NSW Office of Environment and Heritage

Grant Background: The purpose of this grant is to assist community and government organisations to contribute to new approaches to integrated river management that can deliver improved health outcomes for inland rivers at a landscape scale in NSW.

River Connections will co-fund large scale, long-term collaboration and partnerships to tackle river and aquatic degradation at the landscape scale. Projects will investigate and analyse the barriers, threats and opportunities to integrated river management, identify and include diverse user values and trial new innovative approaches and/or techniques to river management that can deliver improved river health outcomes.

The River Connections grants program will fund projects that:

  • establish partnerships that align multiple values into a common purpose that will continue beyond the program and its funding
  • undertake an analysis of barriers, threats and opportunities to integrated river management.
  • investigate and trial innovative approaches and technologies that demonstrate a high chance of being successful at changing business as usual approaches and achieve outcomes beyond the funding.
  • create an incentive for coordinated activities that connect river communities and users, drive behaviour change and contribute to improved river health
  • involve all individuals, groups, organisations and agencies that impact or could impact on river health in the project area
  • draw upon the ground work, research and investment already conducted by programs such as The Living Murray program, Murray Darling Basin Plan and Murray Darling Basin Authority strategies for native fish and salinity mitigation
  • have a strong monitoring and evaluation framework that allows you to measure and demonstrate the environmental improvements your project achieves
  • maximise co-investment and cost effectiveness
  • demonstrate ongoing commitment beyond the 10-year project period

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Environmental

Environmental Research Grants

Funder:  NSW Office of Environment and Heritage

Grant Background: The objectives of the program are to:

  • generate new knowledge or information to facilitate local solutions to environmental problems
  • discover new methods of operation for NSW industries that are less harmful to the environment and enhance public good
  • improve knowledge and advanced techniques to solve general environmental problems in New South Wales
  • assess and evaluate application of innovative solutions to decrease environmental degradation in New South Wales.

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Community, Environmental, Rural & Regional

Increasing Resilience to Climate Change

Funder:  NSW – Department of Environment & Heritage and Department of Local Government

Grant Background: This partnership program between LGNSW and the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) provides funding to address identified climate change risks and vulnerabilities facing NSW councils.

The Increasing Resilience to Climate Change program has been established to encourage:

  • Implementation of actions to address identified climate risks
  • Regional consideration of climate change impacts in decision making
  • Implementation of climate change adaptation actions beyond business as usual projects and programs
  • Enhanced adaptive capacity.

The Climate Change Fund is providing $1,100,000 of funding in Round 1 for projects delivered within 2 years.

  • Individual projects: Grants between $30 000 to $120 000 are available to individual councils.
  • Regional projects: Grant between $50 000 to $300 000 are available for regional projects to coordinate adaptation projects across a number of councils.

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Community, Environmental, Rural & Regional

Resilient Communities Small Grants

Funder:  NSW – Central West Local Land Services

Grant Background: Central West Local Land Services believe supporting the communities in which they live will empower resilience and strength, particularly during difficult times.  Understanding that sometimes a small grant can have a significant impact, they are offering grants to community-focused groups with a passion for what is important to them and their wider community.

Funding is made available through the Catchment Action NSW program and must align with the following project priorities:

  • Improving soil health
  • Supporting and protecting native vegetation and terrestrial habitat
  • Protecting and rehabilitating aquatic ecosystems
  • Protecting or preserving Cultural Heritage values
  • Maintaining or improving native plant and/or animal species populations
  • Prevent spread and impact of pest animals collaboratively

Based on your own priorities, this may include (but not be limited to):

  • Engagement or capacity building workshops or training
  • Forming or adding value to a pest animal group
  • Purchases to increase capacity of your team: GPS, Field cameras, mapping software etc
  • Cultural training, protecting various cultural values, educational site visits, community awareness workshops
  • Increasing habitat or planting exercises

If you do not live in the Central West, check out what your Local Land Services has on offer.

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