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Community Landcare Pop-up Grants

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MLiThe 2017/18 Community Landcare Pop-up Grants Program opens next Monday, 29 May 2017.  The program aims to support Landcare and community groups in the Riverina Local Land Services area to promote community-driven natural resource management. 

Groups are invited to apply for a grant of $2,000-10,000 (GST exclusive) to undertake projects and activities that encourage the involvement of community groups in understanding, protecting and enhancing the natural environment.  A total of $25,000, on a competitive basis, is available each year for three years (2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19).

Preference will be given to projects that:

  • Promote membership and attract volunteers to Landcare/NRM community groups
  • Improve the capacity and skills of members of the Landcare/NRM community to manage the natural environment.

Applications will be accepted at any time between 29 May 2017 and 30 April 2018 and will be assessed within three weeks of receipt  Applications will continue to be accepted until all available funding has been expended.  Successful applicants will be required to submit a final report on their activities within twelve months of receipt of the grant.LLi

Landcare ‘Pop-up’ Grants are open to:

  • Landcare groups
  • Farmer/producer groups
  • ‘Friends-of’ groups
  • Indigenous groups
  • Other community groups 
  • Schools, provided that their project deals with on-ground works to improve NRM in natural landscapes, and promotes environmental understanding.

Funding will be provided for on-ground works for revegetation and habitat provision, and projects that enhance community awareness of biodiversity, build group capacity or use Indigenous knowledge for environmental conservation.

Funding will not cover labour or contractor costs, ongoing maintenance, retrospective activities, travel and accommodation, purchase of farming equipment, activities that would introduce environmental weeds or pests, or activities where the primary benefit would be for agricultural production purposes.

Before submitting an application groups are strongly recommended to contact their Local Landcare Coordinator to discuss their proposal, and names and locations of the Local Landcare Coordinators can be found on the MLi website. 

The guidelines and application form are attached.

The Landcare ‘Pop-up’ Grants are funded by an allocation from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme (NLP) to Riverina Local Land Services for the Regional Landcare Facilitator Project.  In the Riverina, the RLF project and the ‘Pop-up’ Grants are administered by Murrumbidgee Landcare Inc. (MLi) and LachLandcare (LLi) under contract to Riverina Local Land Services.

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