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Community Grants

The program

Our Community Grants program is aimed at supporting community and industry groups to carry out on-ground, capacity building, educational and other activities with a natural resource management (NRM) and sustainable landscapes focus.

Applications must be received by midnight Friday 30 September 2016

Applications submitted after this date will be not be eligible for funding, however they will be considered for future funding rounds.

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

Applications will be accepted from incorporated community and industry groups who have the majority of their group members within the Riverina Local Land Services region.

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
  • government departments and agencies
  • commercial businesses

Complete the on-line application form

Information about Community Grants guidelines and eligibility 2016-17 (PDF 218KB)

Budget and workplan schedule (DOC 1KB)

Funding criteria

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

  • healthy and sustainable landscapes
  • landscapes and enterprises adaptive to change
  • well managed aquatic environments
  • connecting people and landscapes
  • viable and resilient communities
  • diverse and functional natural environments

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 (min $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.

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

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

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

  • Projects that do not contribute to on-ground works and 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 to be an organisation 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 Catchment Management Authority (CMA) or Local Land Services Management Agreement and/or Property Vegetation Plan.
  • Community groups that have previously received CMA or Local Land Services 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 amenity, for example, landscaping, picnic tables, shelters and paving.

Previous successful projects include:

Enhancement of Microbat habitat in the Young Shire (Young District Landcare Inc)

Creative Catchment Kids (Wirraminna Environmental Education Centre)

Gundagai Trail Grassy Woodland Restoration (Greening Australia)

Aboriginal Places Protection Project (Hay Local Aboriginal Land Council and Mawambul Co-Management Group)

Demonstrating innovative and efficient irrigation management (Irrigation Research and Extension Committee)

Regenerating perennial native grasslands in the Riverina Highlands (Riverina Highlands Landcare Network)

For further information contact Allie Hendy on 6951 2751 or allie.hendy@lls.nsw.gov.au