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Community Grants

The Riverina Local Land Services Community Grants program 2017-18 is aimed at supporting community and industry groups to carry out on-ground, capacity building, education and other activities with a natural resource management (NRM) and sustainable landscapes focus.

Grant funding up to a maximum of $20,000 is available for eligible activities.

Applications will be accepted from incorporated community groups, industry groups and Local Governments within the Riverina Local Land Services region.

For further information contact Allie Hendy on 6923 6364 or allie.hendy@lls.nsw.gov.au

Budget and work schedule template (DOC. 55.9KB)

Community Grants program 2017-18 factsheet (PDF 73KB)

Complete the application

Eligible applicants may include:

  • Landcare groups
  • sustainable farming groups
  • industry groups
  • Indigenous land management groups
  • volunteer groups
  • local government
  • school groups.

Applications will not be accepted from:

  • political organisations
  • state and Australian government departments and agencies
  • commercial businesses
  • universities.

Funding criteria

To be eligible, a project must demonstrate it meets one or more of the Riverina Local Land Services Strategic goals:

  1. Support sustainable industry practices which meet current best practice & environmental guidelines.
  2. Enhance and protect all our landscapes.
  3. Promote ecologically sustainable practices.
  4. Enable and facilitate community capacity building and resilience.

Applications must show how they will achieve practical on-ground natural resource management and sustainable land management outcomes and/or contribute to these by increasing community engagement, participation, skills and capacity in natural resource and land management.

Projects must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Projects must have a clear project design, budget and work schedule.
  • Projects must be able to be completed within 12 months.
  • A 50:50 in-kind contribution (cash and/or in-kind) must be included in the grant application.
  • Project management and administration costs must be no more than 10% of the total application.
  • Public liability insurance (minimum $10 million).
  • One application per group (multiple projects will only be considered if funding is available).
  • On-ground works must be completed within the Riverina Local Land Services region.
  • Have a monitoring and evaluation component.

Eligible projects may include (but are not limited to) the following activities:

  • Building knowledge, skills, awareness, participation and engagement of community groups, industry groups and local governments in NRM.
  • Facilitating increased adoption of sustainable land management practices to conserve and protect biodiversity, including improving water quality, ground cover, soil health and pest and weed control.
  • Projects that protect and restore priority natural resource assets such as threatened vegetation communities, important wetlands and threatened species.
  • Building Aboriginal people’s capacity for planning and delivering NRM activities and providing opportunities.

Funding is not available for:

  • Projects that do not contribute to on-ground works and / or capacity building outcomes in natural resource management and/or sustainable land management.
  • Activities deemed to be of private benefit, business development activities or subsidies for commercial operations.
  • Purchase, lease or acquisition of land.
  • Purchase of equipment or materials normally considered part of an individual landholder’s or organisation’s responsibility.
  • Activities considered being an organisation’s or landholder’s statutory or regulatory responsibility under state, territory or Commonwealth legislation.
  • Removal of old infrastructure (including fencing) unless it has a direct benefit to other project work.
  • Works, planning, liabilities or site assessment incurred prior to the application being submitted or approved.
  • Projects that propose the introduction or establishment of plants, animals or other biological agents that are known to be, or could become, environmental or agricultural weeds or pests.
  • Areas already included in an existing management agreement and/or property vegetation plan.
  • Community groups that have previously received funding and have not completed the project and/or provided a final written report.
  • Activities that are primarily for the purpose of beautifying or improving amenities, for example, public art, landscaping, picnic tables, shelters and paving.

How will applications be assessed?

Applications will be considered competitively against other proposals by an assessment panel, consisting of Riverina Local Land Services representatives and an independent.

Applications will be assessed based on how well they meet the Community Grants funding criteria and their value for money. Projects that target priority natural resource assets and on-ground works will be given higher priority.

Riverina Local Land Services will assess the progress of previously funded projects by groups re-applying for Community Grants funding.  Insufficient progress may result in a group being excluded from this current round of Community Grants funding.

What are the next steps?

You must complete the online application form, attach budget and work schedule, on-ground works plan and copy of public liability insurance details.

More information

Mark Leary
Team Leader
Wagga Wagga
(02) 6923 6345 or 0427 043 311
mark.leary@lls.nsw.gov.au

Peter Beal
Team Leader
Yanco
(02) 6951 2508 or 0428 968 249
peter.beal@lls.nsw.gov.au

Frances Cory
Acting Team Leader
Wagga Wagga
(02) 6923 6365 or 0428 265 040
frances.cory@lls.nsw.gov.au

Allie Hendy
Senior Land Services Officer – Project Manager
Wagga Wagga
(02) 6923 6364 or 0427 662 811
allie.hendy@lls.nsw.gov.au

Example of successful applicants from previous funding round

Name of Project

Applicant

Amount approved

Brief description

Location

Precision Ag Expo

SPAA (Society of Precision Agriculture Australia)

$6,000

The Precision Agriculture (PA) EXPO will bring together farmers and advisors to learn of the practical applications of precision agriculture technologies on-farm. It will offer information on on-farm stewardship and soil health that result in improved land management practices.

Lockhart

Showcasing Innovation

Ricegrowers Association of Australia Inc

$14,500

The Showcasing Innovation project will follow on from two previous successful partnerships with Riverina Local Land Services Community Grants and will continue to improve the awareness, skills and capacity of irrigators to better manage their irrigation water resource.

The Rice Extension team are now established as providers of quality information, distributed widely in a timely manner, using practical language which enables the irrigator to adopt new practices in his own farming system.

The project will focus on the broad theme of irrigation water use efficiency which is a key component of ensuring long term environmental and business sustainability for irrigators in the Riverina.

Murrumbidgee and Coleambally  Irrigation Areas including the towns of Griffith, Yenda, Hay, Leeton, Yanco, Whitton, Coleambally, Darlington Point and their surrounding regions.

Riverina Dairy on the ground NRM outcomes with Fer$mart

Dairy NSW Ltd

$20,000

This Dairy-NRM project will build the capacity of dairy farmers and their local agronomists to best manage nutrients (fertiliser and effluent) to maximise on-farm nutrient use efficiency and deliver catchment scale benefits and off-farm outcomes.

Dairy Farms of the Riverina Local Land Services region

Utilising yield prophet to match crop inputs with potential yield in a given season

Harden Murrumburrah Landcare Group

$20,000

Establish a number of yield prophet sites throughout Harden, Galong, Young and Cootamundra areas on different soil types to provide famers and consultants with real-time information about their crops, providing integrated production risk advice and monitoring decision support relevant to farm management.

Harden, Galong, Young and Cootamundra

Regeneration of Tharbogang environmental Reserve

Murrumbidgee Landcare Association Inc

$19,388

The key project objective is the regeneration of valuable ecological communities through undertaking revegetation of native trees and shrubs local to the site, accompanied by noxious and environmental weed control and exclusion fencing to protect the area.

Tharbogang Environmental Reserve

Bland Shire - Small Environmental Projects Fund for Environmental Liasion Committee

Bland Shire Council

$5,000

The Small Environmental Projects Fund would provide kick-start/seed funding to encourage groups to undertake projects/works that improve, enhance or protect the environment or that educate the wider community about natural resource management issues or projects.

Bland Shire local government area

Provision of Hollows for Homes across the mid-Murrumbidgee

Murrumbidgee Landcare Association Inc

$18,700

Approximately 46 species of animals and 81 species of birds need hollows for shelter or breeding in NSW. Wide-spread tree clearing has resulted in a “housing shortage”.

There is a need to improve habitat for a wide range of important animal and bird species across the mid-Murrumbidgee. It takes a long time to grow a hollow however intervention in the form of installing nesting boxes can provide a tool to mitigate the historic losses of the past in the short-term.

Raising awareness and promoting the importance hollows provides a tool to mitigate the historic losses of the past for the long-term. This project will:

  • provide habitat for a wide range of important animal species including, but not limited to, squirrel glider, superb parrot and microbats
  • raise awareness and promote the value of natural hollows for biodiversity
  • facilitate a coordinated approach to get various Landcare groups to work together to achieve landscape scale outcomes
  • facilitate increased adoption of sustainable practices to conserve and protect remnant trees and hollows.

This project will use lessons from past projects and expert guidance for the correct design and placement of all nest boxes across the mid-Murrumbidgee.

Coolamon, Cootamundra, Eastern Riverina,  Junee, Wagga Wagga, Tarcutta and Kyeamba

Connecting biodiverse habitats in Coolamon

Coolamon Landcare Group

$15,010

The key objectives of this project are to implement direct on-ground action to:

  • improve native vegetation corridor networks between the Kindra State Forest and the Coolamon TSR wetland
  • improve the condition of aquatic environments, which provide feeding, breeding and nesting opportunities for waterbirds, frogs and fish
  • increase flora and fauna diversity and interactions.

The connectivity created through this project will be of great importance in promoting the ongoing self-regeneration of natural ecosystems, and in allowing the movement of fauna between patches for foraging and breeding at high conservation value sites.

Coolamon travelling stock reserve

Conservation and Cultural burns - using fire as a management tool

Wagga Wagga City Council

$16,855

The project has both training and on ground components. The Rural Fire Service training is a face to face course which begins with an introductory session, then covers first attack firefighting, bushfire behaviour and the use of equipment.

These are then integrated with emergency care, communications, team work and knowledge of conducting cultural burns. This is followed up with two days of field work surveying vegetation and identification of native plants, at Birramal Conservation Area and the Bomen Axe Quarry.

The skills and knowledge learnt from the training will then be implemented by undertaking a cultural burn at each site. It is envisioned that the skills and knowledge that the participants gain from this project can be utilised to continue these types of activities into the future, either as a stand alone business or as consultants working for Wagga Wagga City Council.

Birramal Conservation Area and Bomen Axe Quarry