Funding for Landcare now available!

The Victorian Landcare Grants are now open for volunteers to help protect and restore West Gippsland’s land and environment.

Landcare, Friends of, Coastcare and other environmental volunteer groups can apply for project grants of up to $20,000 for on-ground works, education and capacity building projects that help to improve Victoria’s environment for future generations.

Support grants of $500 are also available for new and existing groups and networks to assist with operating costs and provide a stable base for Landcare and environmental volunteering across Victoria.

Minister for Energy, Environment & Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio MP announced the grants with Bass Coast Landcare Network at Paul Speirs’ Archie Creek property on Friday, with $1.76 million in funding available to environment volunteer groups statewide.

“Volunteers are at the front line in protecting our environment and we’re giving them the support they need to continue this important work,” she said.

“These grants will help volunteer groups to boost their capacity and undertake new projects that protect and restore our environment.”

This funding will be delivered through West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority (WGCMA), highlighting the great environmental outcomes that can be achieved through cooperation between CMAs, environment groups, local communities and the government.

She also announced additional support to this vital sector through a $4.11 million investment to extend the funding for 78 Landcare facilitators for the next 12 months.

WGCMA CEO, Martin Fuller, said the organisation had a long and proud history of working in partnership with Landcare.

“Landcare is a key partner in managing the regions natural resources and improving our local environment,” said Mr Fuller. “We have a very strong relationship with Landcare in the region, and helping administer these grants is a practical way we can support this partnership.”

Victorian Landcare Grants support the implementation of Protecting Victoria’s Environment – Biodiversity 2037, the Government’s long-term plan to protect our environment and Victorians Volunteering for Nature – Environmental Volunteering Plan.

For more information on the grants contact Kathleen Brack on 5613 5966 or visit wgcma.vic.gov.au and follow the links from our homepage. Grants close on Wednesday, 12 June 2019.