Landcare NSW Natural Disaster Seed Fund

About the Landcare NSW Natural Disaster Seed Fund

In November 2019, Landcare NSW launched a fundraising appeal focused on raising funds for drought relief projects. Compounded by the devastating 2019/2020 bushfires, an additional fundraising appeal was launched with a focus on support for projects affected by both natural disasters.

Through the generous donations of our NSW Landcare community, within the state and abroad, Landcare NSW raised $17,000.

From this we developed the ‘Seed Fund’. These are small grants of up to $1,000 to help our Landcare NSW community rebuild and repair existing projects.

Our objectives are to assist our Landcare NSW member groups with the the replacement, repair or re-establishment of on-ground works that have been directly affected by the 2019/2020 natural disasters, including, but not limited to:

    • Revegetation;
    • Animal habitats (including nest boxes, hollows etc.);
    • Replacement of fencing for areas that were damaged for existing projects;
    • Riparian works to mitigate environmental impacts of bushfire/drought affected flooding; and/or
    • Replacement of facilities and/or equipment which were lost or damaged by natural disasters during the period from 1 July 2019 to 31 January 2020.

 

APPLICATIONS HAVE NOW CLOSED. 

Applicants will be notified in the coming weeks of their success.

HOW IT WORKS

The Landcare NSW Natural Disaster Seed Fund aims to assist Landcare NSW Member groups in re-establishing projects that have been affected by drought and bushfires throughout 2019/2020. Funding is for an initial ‘prop-up’ to help Landcare NSW member groups re-establish their projects in disaster affected areas.

Funding is available for on-ground works only and applicants must define the impact that the natural disaster has had on their site.

Grants of up to $1,000 are available for affected regions or local groups (‘region’ defined as per the NSW Landcare Program). This fund is administered by Landcare NSW.

Projects should be relevant to the ethos of the Landcare movement in NSW and directly benefit Landcare groups and their people and places.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Eligibility Criteria

Who is eligible to apply?

To be eligible to receive a Landcare NSW Natural Disaster Seed Fund (a Grant), each applicant must:

  • Be a not-for-profit, incorporated Landcare NSW 2020 Member, and/or community group member with an ABN. You can complete a membership application form here
  • Be located in an area that the NSW Government declared to be a state of natural disaster, that being drought, flood and/or fire.
  • Have programs and projects that are directly related to the 2019/2020 drought and bushfires, and that aim to develop and complete existing Landcare projects within the Landcare NSW community.
  • Be seeking funding for activities as detailed below.
  • Projects should be relevant to the ethos of the Landcare movement in NSW and directly benefit Landcare groups and their people and places. Information here

Who is not eligible to apply?

  • Non Landcare NSW-paying members.
  • Applicants with outstanding acquittals or reporting from previous environmental grants from Landcare NSW partners including the Biodiversity Conservation Trust (BCT), Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (Saving our Species), NSW Environmental Trust, OzFish Unlimited.

What will the grant program support?

  • The replacement, repair or re-establishment of on-ground works that have been directly affected by the 2019/2020 natural disasters, including, but not limited to:
      • Revegetation;
      • Animal habitats (including nest Boxes, hollows etc.);
      • Replacement of fencing for areas that were damaged for existing projects;
      • Riparian works to mitigate environmental impacts of bushfire/drought affected flooding;
      • Replacement of facilities and/or equipment which were lost or damaged by natural disasters during the period from 1 July 2019 to 31 January 2020.

    Please note that applicants must be able to identify how repair or replacement of the facilities and/or equipment is necessary for the benefit of the local Landcare community.

What will the grant program not support?

  • Administrative and/or employment costs.
  • New Projects not specifically related to projects damaged by natural disaster.
  • Funds to overcome lack of planning.
  • Funds to supplement project income.
  • Funds for the same project twice.
  • Projects whose losses are covered by insurance and consider that the loss will not likely be covered by insurance.
  • Attendance at events or conferences that occur on a regular basis (e.g. annual, biennial, biannual etc.) for which you could have planned, or for which there are other funding programs available.
  • Any projects that you may initiate (e.g. application to speak at a conference, residency for which you made an application, a good idea that may arise out of discussions).
  • Costs to cover projects that may have been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.
  • Any activity that does not have to happen immediately or works that will not exist if not actioned now.
  • Projects which do not align with the objectives and ethos of Landcare NSW.
  • An activity principally benefitting works that are not on-ground in an area not affected by drought or bushfire.
  • Projects that will commence or be completed before funding is approved,
  • Activities that are also funded by other programs administered by the Australian Government or other state and local government agencies,
  • Marketing/promotion and/or publication of assets.
  • Applicants planning to utilise the Grant for any political purposes.
  • Ongoing core administration or infrastructure costs of the applicant organisation.
  • Heritage activities such as conservation or signage at heritage buildings or sites.
  • Collecting sites except ones whereby bushfire had directly destroyed the sites.
  • Cost of events, travel or workshops
  • Touring or educational projects from major urban centres to regional communities.
  • Domestic and international travel costs.
  • Competitions, prizes, awards or fundraising events.

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

Proposals must demonstrate:

  • Evidence of on-ground works being directly impacted by natural disaster.
  • Identified benefits and outcomes for the continuation of the project.
  • Evidence of consultation and support from the local Landcare or associated member group. This being that either the proposed works are approved in writing by Landcare groups authorised signatory and/or a letter of support.
  • Evidence in proof of cost of repair or replacement e.g. quote for fencing
  • Evidence of the applicant’s ability to manage the project in a timely and responsible manner e.g. timelines.
  • Evidence that the project is Landcare NSW aligned.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Step 1: After reading the Eligibility Criteria and determining you are eligible for the grant, please complete the online form with your details and proposal.

Step 2: Please submit your application by 5pm June 30, completing all questions as instructed. You will receive a confirmation email upon submission of your application.

Step 3: Once the application process has been completed, each application will be reviewed for its eligibility. Recipients will be notified as to their success or not.

Please note due to the total pool that was collected in our fundraising effort there is a maximum allocation of $1,000 for each application.