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Landholder and Community Grants

OVERVIEW

The North East CMA's Landholder and Community Grants program offers community groups, individual landholders and land managers the opportunity to apply for funding for projects that will help manage and improve waterways, fish habitat, wetlands and areas of native vegetation in the North East region. Within the program, there is approximately $1 million available under four funding categories, each with specific eligibility criteria.

Community grant applications will be assessed against eligibility, with funding allocated to maximise the number of groups able to access that funding, while all the other three categories will be assessed on a competitive basis. Additional details are provided in the associated web pages and fact sheets.

This program builds on three years of prior incentives funding with continuous improvement incorporated into its planning and delivery. In 2016/17 the waterway (riparian) incentives provided in excess of $350,000 to 32 sites (from 97 EOI's received), which will enable the establishment of 280 ha weed control, 48 nest box installations, revegetation using 16,875 tube stock, 15,000 m fence construction over 262 ha of project area.

Applications will be accepted from 30 August until 9am on 11 October 2017.

For a printable version of this information, please download the Landholder and Community Grants Factsheet.

Landholder and Community Grants Factsheet

FUNDING CATEGORIES

1. Community Grants

Community groups can apply for funding for both on-ground projects and community involvement and education activities, such as field days and workshops. Applications are welcome across the whole of the North East CMA’s catchment area.
Priority themes include:
• Encourage community participation in natural resource management, including through education, awareness, networking and partnership building
• Promote Landcare and community based natural resource management, and increase membership and volunteer participation
• Contribute to increased awareness, understanding and adoption of management practices that:

- Protect biological diversity, maintain vegetation cover and manage fragmentation
- Protect and improve wetlands and waterways, including habitat for aquatic species
- Improve soil health and sustainable farming practices
- Target invasive plant and animal management

Click here for community grants details

2. Enhancing Waterways

Landholders and community groups can apply for funding for on-ground works to manage and improve waterways (including wetland areas) such as:
• Fencing of waterways and wetland areas to exclude stock access
• Provision of alternative watering points
• Restoration of habitat such as planting of native vegetation and/or weed removal
• Habitat supplementation through the installation of wildlife nest boxes
• Control of active bank erosion, particularly for flood-affected sites

Flood-affected landholders are encouraged to apply. To be classified as ‘flood affected’ the site must be have been assessed by the North East CMA under the 2016 flood recovery program and a case number assigned.

Applications under this category are welcome from across the whole of the North East CMA’s catchment area, with targeted funding available within two defined areas (Lower Ovens and Upper Mitta).

Click here for waterways incentives details

3. Enhancing Woodlands and Wetlands

Landholders and community groups can apply for funding for on-ground works to protect and enhance remnant woodland vegetation and wetlands, including:
• Fencing of remnant woodlands, grasslands and wetlands, and provision of alternative watering points
• Habitat restoration such as planting of native trees and shrubs, and/or weed removal
• Improving habitat for threatened species
• Pest animal control to reduce threats to native species

Applications under this funding category are welcome from across the whole of the North East CMA’s catchment area but must contain a priority ecological community (as determined by a Trust for Nature Project Officer). These include Box-Gum Grassy Woodlands, Grey Box Grassy Woodlands, Derived Native Grasslands, Seasonal Herbaceous Wetlands, Red Gum Wetlands and Granite Foothills Spring Wetlands.

Click here for woodlands and wetlands incentives details

4. Enhancing Biodiversity Connectivity

Landholders can apply for funding to protect native plants and animals on their properties if they place a conservation covenant on their land, such as:
• Fencing of native vegetation, and provision of alternative watering points
• Habitat restoration such as planting of native trees and shrubs, and/or weed removal
• Improving habitat for threatened species
• Pest animal control to reduce threats to native species

Applications under this category are welcome for sites that lie within two target areas (Warby-Ovens and Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park).

Click here for biodiversity connectivity incentives details

TARGET AREAS

By viewing the map below you will be able to view property boundaries, the extent of the North East CMA’s operations area (NECMA boundary) and the location of target areas. You can also enter your address in the box at the top right corner of the map.

 

WHO CAN APPLY?

Community Grants

Landcare or community groups/networks can apply for Community Grants funding if they are:

• Not-for-profit community-based environmental groups
• Incorporated or operate under the auspices of an incorporated organisation
• Insured for public liability insurance of $10M and have personal accident insurance (or operate under the auspices of an organisation that carries such insurance)
• Deliver projects within the North East CMA area of operations

Incentives for Waterways, Woodlands and Wetlands, and Biodiversity Connectivity

Expressions of interest for incentives funding can be received from:

Individual landholders that own or manage the land the project covers, that are within the North East CMA’s area of operation or a targeted area
Groups applying to manage specified sites that they have management rights for (such as a Committee of Management on public land) within the North East CMA area of operations or a targeted area
Government authorities, however, they will be deemed ineligible if the application is for works on land where there is a current expectation for management for natural resource management benefit

NEXT STEPS.

  1. Consult the webpage (or fact sheet) for each Landholder and Community Grants funding category for full guidelines and eligibility criteria.
  2. Submit your application via our online forms (available from relevant page) by 9am 11 October 2017.
  3. We will contact you to arrange a site inspection and discuss your incentives proposal in more detail, or provide an explanation if your EOI does not progress to assessment.

For all enquiries relating to the program contact: incentives@necma.vic.gov.au or call 1300 216 513.