National Landcare Program - Environment Small Grants

At a glance

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Provides up to $5 million in grants in 2017-18 to community, environment, and other groups to undertake natural resource management activities that improve the quality of the local environment.

Who can apply:

At a minimum, you must:

  • be a legal entity that can enter into a grant agreement with the Commonwealth
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • be 18 years of age or older, if you are applying as an individual.

Other eligibility requirements apply.

Contact information:

13 28 46

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Overview

The program will provide a total of up to $5 million in grants in 2017-18 to community, environment, and other groups to undertake eligible natural resource management activities that improve the quality of the local environment. The program will support projects that address the following National Landcare Program objective:

  • to protect and conserve Australia’s water, plants and animals and the ecosystems in which they live and interact, in partnership with local communities.

The intended outcomes of the program are an:

  • increase in the protection, rehabilitation and restoration of environmental assets
  • increase in the natural resource management community delivering biodiversity and natural resources practice.

The grant will be up to 100 per cent of eligible project expenditure.

  • The minimum grant amount is $5,000.
  • The maximum grant amount is $50,000.

The maximum grant period is 12 months.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible to apply you must:

  • be a legal entity that can enter into a grant agreement with the Commonwealth
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • be 18 years of age or older, if you are applying as an individual.

You are not eligible to apply if you are:

  • a trust (however, an incorporated trustee may apply on behalf of a trust)
  • a Commonwealth, State, Territory or local government body (including government business enterprises)
  • one of the 56 regional natural resource management organisations
  • peak bodies (bodies that represent their members and have a charter of advancing their members in terms of development, research, process and advocacy)
  • umbrella bodies (central coordinating organisations such as networks or collectives that represent smaller, independent bodies or organisations) or groups with a national or state/territory focus
  • a political party, political organisation or lobbyist.

To be eligible your project must:

  • include eligible activities and eligible expenditure
  • have at least $5,000 in eligible expenditure.

Eligible activities must directly relate to the project and must include one or more of the following:

  • weed treatment
  • pest or disease management
  • fencing
  • erosion management
  • revegetation
  • education activities and raising community awareness/participation
  • access management
  • indigenous land and sea country planning
  • recording of indigenous ecological knowledge
  • administration support related to the project.

For more information on eligibility please refer to the grant opportunity guidelines.

Merit criteria

To be competitive you must score highly against both of the merit criteria. Both merit criteria are of equal weighting.

  • Merit criterion 1 - The extent to which your project contributes to improving the quality of the environment through natural resource management activities
  • Merit criterion 2 - Your capacity, capability and resources to deliver the project

For more information on the merit criteria please refer to the grant opportunity guidelines.

How to apply

The National Landcare Program - Environment Small Grants is currently closed to applications.

How we assess your application

We assess your application against the eligibility criteria and then against the merit criteria. Only eligible applications will proceed to the merit assessment stage.

To recommend an application for funding it must score highly against both merit criterion.

The Minister for the Environment and Energy decides which grants to approve taking into account the recommendations of the merit assessment and the availability of grant funds.

If your application is successful

Applications for the Environment Small Grants opportunity are currently being assessed, with outcomes expected to be announced mid-year.

If your application is successful, you will receive a written offer. If you are unsuccessful, we will notify you in writing and give you the chance to discuss the outcome with us. Successful applicants will be required to enter into a grant agreement with the Commonwealth early in July 2018. Projects cannot commence before your grant agreement is executed.

  • An approval letter grant agreement when we have no need to clarify or amend any details in your application form. This grant agreement comprises your completed application form and the approval letter we send advising that your application has been successful. We consider the agreement to be executed (take effect) from the date of our approval letter.
  • An exchange of letters grant agreement when we need to clarify or amend details in your application form. We will send you a letter of offer advising that your application has been successful. You accept the offer by signing and returning to us. We consider the agreement to be executed (take effect) from the date you sign the letter. You will have 21 days from the date of our letter to sign and return to us otherwise the offer may lapse.

Sample grant agreements are available in the Key documents section and on GrantConnect.

We will pay 100 per cent of the grant on execution of the grant agreement. You will be required to report how you spent the grant funds at the completion of the project and submit a final report in line with the grant agreement.

Payments will be made by direct credit into a nominated bank account.

Key documents

  • Grant opportunity guidelines
  • Factsheet
  • Frequently asked questions
  • Sample application form
  • Sample grant agreement – approval letter
  • Sample grant agreement – exchange of letters
  • Sample final report template
  • Mapping tool instructions

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