Grants available for Landcare

The 2018 round of the Victorian Landcare Grants are now open!

Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio officially opened the grants on Friday.

“These grants are another small but important way that we’re supporting the community and volunteer groups to give back to the environment,” said Ms D’Ambrosio.

“Since it started more than 30 years ago, Landcare has made a vital contribution to Victoria’s environment and we’re helping them continue to deliver this important work.”

West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority’s Regional Landcare Project Officer, Kathleen Brack, said the grants were available for projects up to $20,000.

“We’re encouraging all Landcare groups, networks and community-based natural resource management groups to apply for a grant,” said Ms Brack.

“Grants can be used for on-ground works, education and capacity building projects that protect and restore our land and environment.

“In the past a range of projects have been funded, including erosion control on private land, removing weeds and planting native trees, fencing of rivers and streams and planting shelter belts to help protect stock from wind and sun,” continued Ms Brack.

Thanks to last year’s Victorian Landcare Grants more than 17,500 indigenous plants were put in the ground in the West Gippsland Region.

“This revegetated more than 45 ha of land,” explained Ms Brack. “Revegetation corridors not only provide shelter and shade on farms, they also help to improve biodiversity.

“The projects funded by grants also protected more than 36ha of remnant bush and more than 17,000 kilometres of stock proof fence was constructed.”

Projects must be completed and reported on by 30 November 2019. More than one application can be submitted.

Start-up grants are also available for eligible groups and networks to assist with costs such as insurance, incorporation and operational needs, or meetings and events or newsletters, websites and other communication materials.

For more information visit www.wgcma.vic.gov.au and follow the links from the homepage.