Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio has opened the latest round of the Victorian Landcare Grants, with $3.35 million funding available to Landcare and environmental volunteering groups and networks for on-ground works, education, and capacity building projects that protect, enhance, and restore our land and natural environment.
Grants of up to $20,000 are available for on-ground projects and support grants of up to $500 are available to help with group administration and running costs.
The grants are open across Victoria – including the state’s north-east – to environmental volunteering groups, including Landcare groups and networks, Friends groups, Conservation Management Networks, Committees of Management, Coastcare groups and Aboriginal groups to support the important work they do in protecting and restoring our land and environment.
This funding will be delivered through Victoria’s Catchment Management Authorities (CMAs) – including North East CMA – demonstrating the important environmental outcomes that can be achieved through collaboration between CMAs, environmental groups, local communities, and the government.
North East CMA Chief Executive Officer, Katie Warner, said the Victorian Landcare Grants aimed to fund projects that addressed local, regional and state land and environment priorities.
Ms Warner said they also aimed to sustain Landcare and other environmental volunteer groups and networks by providing support grants, particularly for those groups whose continuing existence would benefit from this support.
“We continue to work closely with the Landcare groups and networks within our region to help them to meet land and environment goals that are developed within our communities,” she said.
The Victorian Landcare Grants support the implementation of Protecting Victoria’s Environment – Biodiversity 2037, which is Victoria’s 20-year plan to stop the decline of our native plants and animals and improve our natural environment and Victorians Volunteering for Nature – Environmental Volunteering Plan.
Applications close at 5pm on Tuesday 26 July 2022.
For more information go to https://www.necma.vic.gov.au/Solutions/Grants-Incentives/VLG
Contact Landcare and Partnerships Officer, Richard Dalkin on 0409 683 467, or email email@example.com
Picture: Smoking ceremony from the 2022 Cascades Connections workshop for Landcare facilitators and project officers.