Applications are NOW OPEN and will close on June 16, 2021
The Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley has announced a landmark $14million for Landcare led bushfire recovery projects in Queensland, New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, Victoria and South Australia. The funding will support landcare bushfire recovery projects in seven government designated bushfire regions impacted by the Black Summer bushfires of 2019/2020.
Facilitated by the Australian Government, the grants program will manage grants for local, regional and national activities supporting bushfire recovery for fire-affected plant and animal species, ecological communities, and natural assets, including Ramsar listed wetlands and World Heritage listed sites.
The Landcare Led Bushfire Recovery Grants will provide eligible local Landcare Groups, environment networks, and community groups with access to grant funding up to $50,000, and as larger partnerships, projects of up to $300,000. The funding will also include $4million available for projects that will benefit forests and coastal ecosystems in the East Gippsland bushfire impacted region.
Eligible applicants can apply for grants in two streams:
- Community grants up to approximately $50k
- Landscape Scale Partnership projects – larger/consolidated projects to approximately $300k
Activities funded include:
- Pest / feral animal management / control.
- Weed management / control.
- Erosion control to protect waterways and repairing riparian areas.
- Habitat augmentation, including provision of shelter (such as nest boxes and artificial hollows).
- Revegetation and regeneration, including tree planting using native plant species that are known to be indigenous to the site and represent the type of vegetation community, existing on the site before the 2019-20 bushfires, or historically.
- Seed collection and propagation of native plant species for use in revegetation (applicants are responsible for identifying and obtaining appropriate permits for land access and collecting seed).
- Fencing installation to protect sensitive or regenerating areas with clear environmental / conservation benefits (e.g., to protect refugia, sensitive or regenerating areas, pest exclusion, stock exclusion from natural water sources etc.)
- Protection of unburnt habitat/refugia.
- Contractor works for Project Outcomes.
- Expert flora and fauna surveys, habitat mapping, data recording, citizen science and education, where these form part of a project that includes on-ground bushfire recovery activities.
- Supporting the establishment of legally binding conservation convents on private property
- Management to maintain landscape integrity (e.g., Indigenous fire and land management activities).
- Eradicating or reducing the impact of diseases.
- Engaging with local communities and Indigenous land managers aimed at bushfire recovery efforts in the seven identified bushfire regions.
- Providing planning and advice, knowledge and education to local communities and Indigenous land managers regarding bushfire recovery of species and ecological communities.
- Many other activities may be eligible, please contact the Applicant Support Team to discuss.
For NSW Landcare groups that are interested in applying for the grants, please contact:
Project Manager – NSW
Or visit the Landcare Led Bushfire Recovery Grants Website