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Environmental

Circular Solar

Funder:  NSW – Environment Protection Authority

Grant Background: It is forecast that NSW will generate 3,000 – 10,000 tonnes per year of waste solar PV panels and battery storage systems by 2025, rising to 40,000 – 71,000 tonnes per year by 2035. To prepare for this emerging waste stream, the Circular solar grant program supports collaborative ‘whole-of-supply chain’ projects that trial managing end-of-life solar panels and/or battery systems within a circular economy framework.

Circular Solar Phase 2 program priorities:

  • reduce solar panel and associated battery waste entering landfill in NSW
  • promote circular economy models for managing waste at end-of-life
  • increase the capability and capacity of industry to recover and reprocess end-of-life solar panels and associated large energy storage system batteries.
  • improve the recyclability/reusability/refurbish potential by using high-value recovery and/or processing technologies
  • develop secondary markets for resources recovered from solar panels and batteries
  • update standards for reuse of solar panel and battery systems that are still functioning efficiently after being decommissioned
  • grow cost-effective recovery logistic models
  • partnerships that deliver end-to-end solutions across the whole supply chain
  • create immediate and ongoing job creation and economic activity.

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Agriculture, Environmental, Rural & Regional

Enhancing Remnant Vegetation Pilot

Funder:  Federal – Agriculture

Grant Background: Together with the Carbon + Biodiversity Pilot, the Enhancing Remnant Vegetation Pilot is trialling mechanisms to pay farmers for improving biodiversity on farms under the Agriculture Stewardship Package.

This pilot aims to trial market-based approaches to enhancing native remnant vegetation on farms through locally adapted management protocols developed by the Australian National University in consultation with Natural Resource Management organisations in six trial regions.

Successful farmers could be eligible to receive payments to manage and enhance existing remnant native vegetation on-farm over a period of 10 years.

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Business, Environmental

Organics – Processing Infrastructure

Funder:  NSW – Environment

Grant Background: The Organics Infrastructure (Large and Small) Grants Program is delivered through a partnership between the NSW Environmental Trust and the NSW Environment Protection Authority as part of the Waste Less, Recycle More initiative.

The Organics Processing Infrastructure stream aims to improve processing capacity for source separated food and garden organics collected from households and commercial and industrial businesses across New South Wales to divert waste that would previously have gone to landfill.

Grants are available to:

  • build or expand processing infrastructure for source separated organics, including source separated food, garden or combined food and garden organics from households and businesses
  • upgrade existing alternative waste treatment facilities to process source separated food, garden or combined food and garden organics from households and businesses.

Grants will cover up to 50% of detailed design costs and capital costs for equipment.

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Agriculture, Environmental

National Landcare Program: Smart Farms Small Grants: Soil Extension Activities

Funder:  Federal – Agriculture

Grant Background: The National Landcare Program: Smart Farms Small Grants: Soil Extension Activities grant round will support soil extension activities that contribute to achieving the program outcomes. These activities will be supported by a National Community of Practice.

Eligible extension activities will be delivered to farmers, land managers and the wider network of farm advisers. They will promote management practices that leads to better soil health including promoting the National Soil Monitoring and Incentives Pilot Program, soil testing and interpretation of results, and lead to improved sustainable soil management practices through the development and promotion of communication products, education awareness and training sessions, and on-ground trials and demonstrations.

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Environmental

Environmental Restoration and Rehabilitation

Funder:  NSW – Planning

Grant Background: The Environmental Restoration and Rehabilitation programme aims to assist community and government organisations to contribute to the ongoing sustainable management and stewardship of significant environmental assets and services in New South Wales.

Applications to the 2021–22 Environmental Restoration and Rehabilitation program are required to address at a practical level, how their project will contribute to the delivery of either one or both of two immediate funding priorities from the NSW Environmental Trust Strategic Plan 2020–24:

  • supporting threatened species recovery
  • addressing climate change impacts on the natural environment – both mitigation and adaptation.

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Energy
Environmental

International Climate Change Engagement Program FY21-22

Funder:  Federal – Foreign Affairs

Grant Background: The International Climate Change Engagement Program aims to advance Australia’s interests on international climate change action. The intended outcome of the program is to advance Australia’s priorities in implementing the Paris Agreement

Program priorities are:

  • To assist developing countries in the Indo-Pacific to meet their Paris commitments through the development and implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions.
  • Support Australia’s negotiating priorities under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, including transparency of countries’ commitments, carbon markets and provision of support.
  • Strengthen bilateral relationships with key partners in the Indo-Pacific through practical climate engagement and initiatives, particularly for trade and investment opportunities.
  • Achieve regional cooperation on cleaner, more efficient energy generation and use.
  • Leverage private sector investment in climate action.
  • Other projects that may advance Australia’s interests not covered in the above list.

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Agriculture, Community, Environmental, Rural & Regional

Murray–Darling Healthy Rivers Program – Large Grants

Funder:  Federal – Agriculture

Grant Background:   The Murray–Darling Healthy Rivers Program (Small Grants) aims to support community-led, on-ground projects to improve the health and ecological condition of rivers and wetlands in the Murray–Darling Basin, whilst also supporting economic development and jobs.

The intended outcomes are:

  • improved health and ecological conditions of rivers and wetlands in the Murray–Darling Basin
  • improved community involvement in restoring the environmental health of the Murray–Darling Basin
  • increased economic activity and employment in Basin communities as a result of grant funding.

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Community, Environmental, Rural & Regional

Murray–Darling Healthy Rivers Program – Small Grants

Funder:  Federal – Agriculture

Grant Background:   The Murray–Darling Healthy Rivers Program (Small Grants) aims to support community-led, on-ground projects to improve the health and ecological condition of rivers and wetlands in the Murray–Darling Basin, whilst also supporting economic development and jobs.

The intended outcomes are:

  • improved health and ecological conditions of rivers and wetlands in the Murray–Darling Basin
  • improved community involvement in restoring the environmental health of the Murray–Darling Basin
  • increased economic activity and employment in Basin communities as a result of grant funding.

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Environmental

Enhancing Stream Management – EOI

Funder:  NSW – Central Tablelands Local Land Services

Grant Background: The Enhancing Stream Management project assists private land managers to improve the condition of streams to protect fish habitat for the endangered Blue Mountains Perch.

The Blue Mountains Perch is an endangered fish species that has significant genetic differences to the Macquarie Perch and could soon be classified as a separate species. They are distinctly smaller in size, have a darker colour and sometimes mottled appearance compared to the Macquarie Perch. Blue Mountains Perch populations are only found in streams at the most eastern edge of the Central Tablelands, within the Greater Blue Mountains area.

These fish populations and their habitat were significantly impacted by the 2019-20 Bushfires.

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Environmental, Rural & Regional

2021-22 Bushfire Recovery Weed Management – Buffering the World Heritage Area – EOI

Funder:  NSW – Central Tablelands Local Land Services

Grant Background: The Bushfire Recovery Weed Management project assists private land managers to control and manage regional priority weed species on their property, and protect and buffer the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area from the spread of invasive exotic weed species.

On-ground incentives are available to eligible landowners within priority areas buffering the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area impacted by the 2019-2020 bushfires. Projects will be supported, through incentive funding, to undertake integrated weed management activities targeting regional priority weed species on properties to provide long-term benefits.

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