Funding Opportunities

Each Landcare Network within the NENW region provides various funding opportunities from time to time - please make sure to check your local Landcare Network's website!

Other funding opportunities available in the NENW region include:

Current

2017/18 NLP Small Community Grants

During 2017-2018, New England North West Landcare is delivering a Community Grants Program funded by the National Landcare Programme (NLP). Grants are offered to give organisations, groups and individuals the financial capacity to support events, training or capacity building activities that increase community resilience.

Funding is available across the Northern Tablelands region only (Armidale Regional, Glen Innes Severn, Inverell, Tenterfield, Uralla & Walcha Shire Council areas). 
Applications for grants from $2,000 (minimum) to $8,000 (maximum) excluding GST are invited until Monday 16th October 2017.

These Community Grants are supported by Local Land Services through funding from the Australian Government. They are part of the $25 million of National Landcare Programme investment to boost farm gate productivity and improve environmental health across NSW.

NT LLS On-Farm Project Activities

Northern Tablelands Local Land Services (NT LLS) currently has project funding available for a number of activities to improve natural resources on your farm, including:

  • Protecting and managing natural waterways including grazing management, fencing and alternate water systems;
  • Improving habitat for threatened species;
  • Protecting and managing existing native vegetation; and
  • Revegetation on farm, including planting wide shelter belts, protecting isolated paddock trees and encouraging natural regeneration.

An Expression of Interest (EOI) Form for On-Farm Projects can be downloaded from the NT LLS website here. Landholders and groups are encouraged to apply for funding to improve management of natural resources across the Northern Tablelands - EOIs should be submitted ASAP to determine eligiblity for funding currently available

NT LLS On-Farm Project Activities Website

Farm Business Skills Professional Development Program

This program seeks to support farm business in all conditions, but particularly in relation to preparing for and responding to drought. Participants can apply for reimbursement of expenditure (up to 50%) when they have completed a professional development activity from a pre-approved list of providers. 

Eligible applicants include individuals involved in the management of a primary production enterprise (need a signed statutory declaration showing 51% of income is received from primary production). A maximum reimbursement of $5,000 (covering all courses/activities over the life of the program) applies for any farmer, with reimbursements capped at $9,000 per farm business. 

A total funding pool of $45 million is available over five years starting 2 November 2015 until 30 June 2020.

Farm Business Skills Professional Development Program Website

Uralla Shire Community Grants Program

Non-recurrent grants of up to $3,000 (which may include in-kind support) are available to community groups and organisations to undertake projects/activities/events, or purchase items, which benefit the wider Uralla community. Funding for community projects is dispersed in two rounds each year. The purpose is to build community capacity and/or provide supplementary funding to assist with social, cultural, recreational and environmental outcomes that are in line with the Uralla Shire Community Strategic Plan.

Contact Details: Community Development Coordinator, 02 6778 6471, council@uralla.nsw.gov.au

Grant guidelines and application form can be downloaded from the Uralla Shire website, and include closing dates for each funding round.

Uralla Shire Community Grants Program Website

NAB Foundation & Grants

The NAB Foundation’s Sustainable Regions Grants strengthen regional communities by enabling and inspiring them to live sustainably through enhancing the natural environment. These grants support the development and implementation of regional approaches to:

  • strengthen co-ordination and collaboration between environmental groups, business, landholders and government,
  • involve the community in practical on-ground action to improve the environment, and
  • implement regional solutions to environmental challenges.

These grants will consider initiatives that include, but are not limited to those that address water quality, climate change and biodiversity enhancement. Grant amounts start from $100,000 to $1,000,000 and are paid over a maximum period of up to three years. Applications opened Monday 18 September and close at 5 pm Friday 27 October 2017.

NAB Foundation & Grants Website

Small Grants for Rural Communities

Small Grants for Rural Communities is the longest running and broadest program the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) offers, opening twice per year. Round 32 is now open to not-for-profit community organisations. 

Grants of up to $5,000 are available for projects and activities that offer clear public benefit for communities  in rural, regional or remote Australia. Priority is given to communities of 10,000 or fewer. Projects and activities should offer a clear public benefit for communities in rural, regional and remote locations - check out the website for more details. Applications close 27 September 2017.

Small Grants for Rural Communities Website

Aboriginal Benefits Foundation Grants

Ongoing Aboriginal Benefits Foundation Grants assist Aboriginal Communities and Individuals by providing funds to support projects which advance the aims of the Foundation. The current focus is on supporting art, literacy, education, health and cultural projects with a connection to Aboriginal art and/or artists.

Intending applicants are encouraged to send their completed applications for consideration at upcoming Board meetings. Please visit the website for more details and to download a copy of the Application Form. 

Aboriginal Benefits Foundation Grants Website

Indigenous Advancement Strategy Community Led Grants

Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) Community Led Grants enable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, communities and service providers to seek grant funding to address emerging needs and/or opportunities that they have identified as priorities. 

There is (currently) no closing date for this funding.

As a first step, potential applicants must discuss their proposal with their local PM&C Regional Network office, by calling 1800 079 098 and asking to speak to a staff member in their local office. A closing date for applications may be nominated by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) when all the funding has been allocated, with details to be provided on the Department’s website (link below).

Indigenous Advancement Strategy Community Led Grants Website

Poverty & Disadvantaged Small Grants Program

The Sidney Myer Fund & The Myer Foundation aim to alleviate the negative effects of poverty and disadvantage; demonstrate new ideas about how to address poverty and disadvantage; and strengthen communities’ abilities to deal with poverty and disadvantage through their Poverty & Disadvantage Small Grants Program.

The Poverty & Disadvantage Small Grants Program supports small, discrete projects that meet the needs of a community, rather than providing supplementary funding for large projects. A small, discrete project is considered to have a total budget of up to $50,000. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis, with no specific closing dates. Visit the website at the link below for more details.

Poverty & Disadvantaged Small Grants Program Website

Recent

2016/17 NLP Small Community Grants

New England North West Landcare congratulates the 21 successful applicants in the 2016/17 National Landcare Programme (NLP) Small Community Grants.

You can read more about the successful projects here.

Patagonia Environmental Grants

Patagonia pledges at least one percent of sales or 10 percent of pre-tax profits – whichever is more – to environmental groups.

Applications have closed for 2017, with the next round of grants opening in April 2018.

Patagonia Environmental Grants Website

2017 Sustainable Agriculture Grants

Landcare Australia is excited to announce the 2017 Sustainable Agriculture Grants program is now open! These grants will support Landcare and farming groups to undertake sustainable agriculture projects and activities.
 
Eligible groups are invited to apply for a grant of up to $10,000 (ex GST). Grants will fund sustainable agriculture projects that protect or improve the environment while enhancing farming productivity, through the adoption of sustainable farming practices and/or increased knowledge and capacity.

Applications close 5 pm on 1st May 2017.

2017 Sustainable Agriculture Grants Website

Habitat Action Grants

This program aims to fund the rehabilitation of fish habitats in freshwater and saltwater areas throughout NSW. Grants are available in two categories:
- Small grants: Up to $2,000 (excluding GST).
- Large grants: Up to $40,000 (excluding GST).
Applications must have matching funds on a dollar-for-dollar basis (cash and/or in-kind support by the applicant or project partners). Applications close 5 pm 18th September 2017. Visit the website for more details and to download an application form.

Habitat Action Grants Website

Trees on Small Farms

Positive activities on even a handful of acres can make a big difference to the environment, and trees in particular provide many benefits, no matter how big or small the property. Northern Tablelands Local Land Services and Landcare Networks have teamed up to work with landholders on smaller blocks to make native revegetation projects more accessible.

The project is focused on enabling and growing a community of ‘small’ landholders on lifestyle blocks, hobby farms and properties skirting our towns within the region, to implement revegetation works. Research shows landholders with majority off-farm income on properties from 10-200 hectares have a strong interest in the environment and connection to Landcare groups, but sometimes lack the infrastructure, equipment and specific knowledge to participate in native revegetation projects. If this sounds like you, then this is your chance!

For more information about Trees on Small Farms Grants, contact Northern Tablelands Local Land Services Officer Ivan Lackay on 0423 012 661 or your local Northern Tablelands Landcare Network.