The Bushfire Recovery for Wildlife and Habitat Community Grants Program has been announced to support local community groups to deliver bushfire recovery activities for native flora and fauna supporting broader long-term recovery and resilience.
The objectives of this grant opportunity are to encourage recovery efforts in areas affected by the 2019-20 bushfires by:
- Supporting the recovery of native flora and fauna;
- Involving local communities, community groups and Traditional Owners, in delivering bushfire recovery activities for native flora and fauna.
- Grants from $5,000 to $150,000.
Who is this for?
- Community and environment groups, Traditional Owners, Indigenous Organizations and Indigenous businesses.
To be eligible you must have an Australian business number (ABN) and be one of the following entities:
- An incorporated and not-for-profit organization including but not limited to:
- Community associations including community and environment groups;
- Non-distributing co-operatives;
- Companies limited by guarantee.
- Traditional Owners, Indigenous Organizations or an Indigenous Enterprise, evidenced through providing an Indigenous Corporations Number (ICN). If you don’t have an ICN, you may provide a statutory declaration stating that your organization is at least 51 per cent owned or controlled by Indigenous persons.
- An incorporated trustee on behalf of trust with responsibility for community property, crown land, or other land managed on behalf of the public.
- A Regional Land Partnerships service provider acting as a project lead in a joint application to enable an individual, partnership or community group to undertake their project.
- A local governing body as defined by the Local Government (Financial Assistance) Act 1995.
- Joint applications are acceptable, provided you have a lead organization that is the main driver of the project and is eligible to apply.
You are not eligible to apply if you are:
- An unincorporated association;
- A university;
- A school;
- An individual;
- A partnership;
- A trust (however, an incorporated trustee may apply on behalf of a trust);
- A non-corporate Commonwealth entity;
- An Australian State/Territory Government agency or body.
How do you Apply?
- You should read the grant opportunity guidelines and sample grant agreement before you apply.
- To apply, you must submit your application through the online portal.
- You’ll need to set up an account when you first log into the portal.
- The portal allows you to apply for and manage a grant or service in a secure online environment.
How your project will help the recovery of bushfire-affected native flora and fauna (weighting 50%)
- You should demonstrate this by describing your project and provide information that demonstrates:
- The locations where your project activities will take place (in relation to the 2019-20 bushfire-affected areas);
- The benefits provided by your project activities and how these benefits will be maintained into the future;
- The extent to which the grant activity involves local communities or community organisations including strong Indigenous partnerships and Traditional Owner engagement;
- Where you are expanding an existing project and activities are complementary to work that is underway, demonstrate alignment by:
- Filling a critical gap,
- Expanding or supplementing an existing activity, or
- Extending the timeframe of an existing activity.
Capacity, capability and resources to deliver the project (weighting 50%)
You should demonstrate this by describing:
- Your access to personnel with the knowledge, skills and experience in delivering your project activities;
- Your plan to manage the project, including a sound budget, risk management and governance arrangements (you will be required to attach a project plan to your application);
- Your readiness to commence the project with appropriate insurance, relevant approvals in place or ability to have them in place prior to commencement and allowing for restrictions arising from COVID-19 or bushfire measures;
- How you will monitor and measure the success of your project.
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