Landcare projects expressions of interest

Grants for individuals, landholders and groups in West Gippsland region are now open for projects to revegetate land, fence off waterways, conduct land trials, protect remnant vegetation and more.

West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority’s Regional Landcare Facilitator, Sam Shannon, said the grant applications must be submitted by 30 September 2016.

“We’re currently seeking expressions of interest (EOIs) for a broad range of works through each of the local Landcare networks,” explained Mr Shannon.

“Landcare networks have a range of funding subsidies available for projects including revegetation with native species, remnant protection, fencing off waterways from stock, and sustainable agriculture activities such as soil, pasture, effluent and grazing improvement.

“Filling out an EOI lets your local Landcare network know what sort of project you are interested in.

“The EOI program is open to both Landcare and non-Landcare members.

“We encourage you to put down projects you think might be suitable.

“It could be just in the idea stage or long-term vision – either way we would love to know, as it means we can work start working with you to help achieve your goal.

“If your project matches our guidelines, your local Landcare network will contact you within a month to chat more about your project.

“A project officer will then visit you, assess your site and map your project.”

Mr Shannon said Landcare projects will be then be assessed and ranked by a range of criteria and will be supported if there is available funding.

“Your Landcare network will then will get you to sign a landholder agreement, which is a simple document that outlines what both you and the Landcare network agree to do.

“Generally, Landcare networks will provide some of the project funding upfront and some upon proof of completion of the project.

“If you miss out on funding, don’t get disheartened – they’ll keep your details on file and be in touch in the future if more funding becomes available.”

All expressions of interest must be submitted by 30 September 2016. To find out more contact your local Landcare network.

Submitting a form is an expression of interest only and does not guarantee funding support.

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