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Community Grants

Please note the Expressions of Interest are Now Closed.

The North East CMA will support Landcare and other community-based NRM groups to provide:

  • Small Community Support Projects to fund or deliver a range of community support options
  • Small Community Education and Action Projects to deliver community education and awareness activities
  • Community Works Projects to fund on-ground works to deliver direct environment protection works|

CHANGES TO THE COMMUNITY & LANDCARE GRANTS PROCESS

The North East Catchment Management Authority is changing the process for applications for Landcare and Community Grants for 2016/17, from prior years

This round, the CMA is calling for Expressions of Interest (EOI) from Landcare and community groups in the North East Region to capture ideas to address Regional Catchment Strategy (RCS) priorities.

The EOI is the first step in identifying Landcare and community group needs and project ideas. The CMA will identify those projects which align with funding programs when these are known. Where the ideas match Australian or Victorian Government or other priorities, the CMA will liaise with the groups to develop these EOI into projects for funding or integrating into CMA support programs.

Project ideas should address priorities identified in the North East Regional Catchment Strategy  (RCS).

The aim is to reduce the time commitments and work load for Landcare and other community groups in developing detailed applications that may have limited chance for funding, and to enable more coordinated planning of projects and support.

Where ideas do not match available funding, the North East CMA will endeavour to assist groups to identify suitable alternative funding opportunities where these occur.

Please read the information below, which can also be downloaded in pdf format via the link below, prior to submitting an Expression of Interest.

Community Grants information brochure
(pdf file)

ELIGIBILITY

In addition to meeting RCS priorities, community groups are required to meet the following eligibiliy criteria:

  • Groups must be incorporated or operate under the auspices of an incorporated organisation (eg. Farm Trees and Landcare Association)
  • Groups must have public liability insurance coverahge of $10 million and personal accident insurance (or operate under the auspices of an organisation that carries such insurance)
  • All project reports for previous grants/funding have been submitted to the North East CMA 
  • EOI’s can be submitted for delivery of short term single activity projects, through to larger projects of up to two years. 
    The project timeframe may be negotiated up to a maximum of two years depending upon the fund source and activities.

PRIORITIES FOR COMMUNITY GRANTS

Project ideas should address priorities identified in the North East Regional Catchment Strategy (RCS). These include:

  • Urban connection with waterways and the environment
  • Valuing our native habitat (including waterways)
  • Addressing invasive species impacts
  • Valuing our soils
  • Integrated strategic land use planning
  • Building networks for enabling community based solutions

The North East CMA will support Landcare and other community-based NRM groups to provide:

  • Small Community Support Projects to fund or deliver a range of community support options
  • Small Community Education and Action Projects to deliver community education and awareness activities
  • Community Works Projects to fund on-ground works to deliver direct environment protection works

These components can be separate, or combined into larger projects.

PROJECT TYPES

Small Community Group Support Projects

EOI's can include project ideas to fund or deliver a range of community support options, including:

  • Landcare Maintenance grants: Up to $500 per group or network
  • Landcare Start-up grant: Up to $500 per group to establish a new group
  • Direct support for community-led initiatives, including community forums, priority or project readiness planning, or resource development
  • Group or community skills training, including group governance, technology, social media etc.
  • Landmate Crew labour support for community projects - please refer to the Landmate Page for eligibility.

Small Community Education & Action Projects

EOI's can include project ideas to deliver community education and awareness activities, which can include (but are not limited to) field days, workshops, expert speakers, information resource publications or community involvement events.

These must address RCS priorities, and also Victorian or Australian Government priorities, and should contribute to one or more of the following aims:

  • 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
    • improve soil health and sustainable farming practices
    • target invasive plant and animal management
  • Support groups of landholders with demonstration sites to test the viability and application of new farming practices, techniques and/or technology to help them improve their business and its sustainability.

Community Works Projects

EOI's can include larger community projects that include on-ground works to deliver direct environmental protection or enhancement projects.

Please note: There is expected to be significantly more funding available for on-ground works for riparian and wetland Protection through the Riparian Incentives program, therefore private landholder or community group sites that meet these criteria are recommended to apply for the Riparian Incentives.

Community Works Project EOI's must address Regional Catchment Strategy Priorities, and can include works to:

  • Conserve, protect and maintain vegetation cover, wetlands and manage fragmentation, or
  • Target invasive plant and animal management.   

 

Need further assistance?


If you have further questions, please call the North East Catchment Management Authority
on 1300 216 513.