NACC Biodiversity Community GrantsOverview
This program aims to improve the management and protection of the region’s threatened Malleefowl (Leipoa ocellata) and Black-flanked Rock-wallaby (Petrogale lateralis lateralis) to ensure its ecological values are retained for future generations. It provides resources to assist land managers and community groups to undertake on-ground land management and adaptation activities, and enhance community skills and knowledge.
Grants of up to $5,000 (excluding GST) are available. ‘In-kind’ contributions are not mandatory but will be viewed favourably by the grant assessment panel.
Eligible applicants include:
- Land managers with land management responsibilities such as:
a) Local government authorities
b) State government departments
c) Aboriginal land Councils
- Community groups defined as:
a) Local ratepayers/progress associations
b) ‘Friends of’ groups
c) Educational institutions
d) Non-government organisations
e) Not-for-profit organisations
f) Any other local issues-based community-orientated group, incorporated, not-for-profit group or organisation.
Community groups that are incorporated and registered for GST must undertake reporting and financial responsibility for their project. Community groups that are not incorporated can either allocate an incorporated organisation to manage their funds (e.g. the Local Government Authority) or they can request that NACC manages the funds on their behalf.
Eligible activities include (but are not limited to):
- Communication material
- Community/stakeholder engagement
- Controlling pest animals
- Fauna surveys
- Flora surveys
- Habitat augmentation
- Managing fire regimes
- Protecting habitat by controlling access
- Removing weeds
- Revegetating habitat
Priority will be given to applications which will result in positive outcomes for Threatened Species and Threatened Ecological Communities listed under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 or Wildlife Conservation Act 1950.
The main assessment criteria include:
- Consistency with the program objectives.
- Obtained and submitted written approval of the land manager.
- Value for money, including in-kind contributions.
- Submitted site plan showing on-ground works (where applicable).
- Submitted details of any registered Aboriginal Heritage Sites potentially impacted by the project (where applicable).
- Demonstrated ability to complete the project by 30 November 2019.
- Project demonstrates that it will result in positive outcomes for Malleefowl (Leipoa ocellata) and Black-flanked Rock-wallaby (Petrogale lateralis lateralis) as listed under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 or Wildlife Conservation Act 1950 and the ecological communities that support them.
The following are ineligible for funding:
- Asset purchases such as plant and equipment where the individual item cost is over $1,000.
- Administration and project coordination costs including general organisational running costs that exceed 10% of the total grant value.
- Amenity planting such as local government street landscaping.
- Regional, local planning strategies.
- Research projects.
- Construction or repair of structures for recreational purposes.
Please refer to the Guidelines for the complete list of restrictions.