Caring for our Country Sustainable Environment stream release Target Area Grants and Biodiversity Fund 2013-14

Caring for our Country Sustainable Environment stream: Target Area Grants 2013-14; and the Biodiversity Fund: Round Two 2013-14.

Applications are now open and the respective guidelines are available online.

About the Sustainable Environment stream: Target Area Grants 2013-14

Target Area Grants will provide funding of between $50,000 and $2 million for projects to maintain ecosystem services, protect our conservation estate, and enhance the capacity of Indigenous communities to conserve and protect natural resources across six target areas:

  • the Central Australian Connection
  • Cape York
  • the Kimberley region
  • Tasmania
  • South-West Western Australia
  • Urban waterways and coastal environments

The application process for this round is different to previous rounds. Applicants seeking a grant of between $50,000 and $1 million should complete a Full Application. Applicants seeking a grant of more than $1 million or up to $2 million should initially complete an Expression of Interest form. Successful Expressions of Interest will be invited to proceed to a Full Application.

Expressions of Interest (for projects seeking $1 million or up to $2 million) for Caring for our Country Sustainable Environment stream: Target Area Grants 2013-14 will close at 2pm AEDT 12 March 2013.

Applications (for projects seeking between $50,000 and $1 million) for Caring for our Country Sustainable Environment stream: Target Area Grants 2013-14 will close at 2pm AEST on 10 April 2013.

More information about the Target Area Grants, including the investment themes and how to apply, can be found in the grant application guidelines at www.nrm.gov.au.  Please note that these guidelines have been updated since first release to clarify the funding terms (1-5 years for projects between $50 000 and $1 million and 2 – 5 years for projects between $1 million and $2 million). Please ensure that you have the most recent version.

Reef Rescue – Phase 2

The Great Barrier Reef continues to suffer from development pressure and climate change. Through the One Land Many Stories: Prospectus of Investment the Australian government will seek to enhance the resilience and health of the Great Barrier Reef. An essential component of this is the second phase of the Reef Rescue Program currently under development to address water quality issues in agriculture and urban development, improve land management practices and to undertake systems repair. Anyone interested is invited to discussing Reef Rescue and the issues facing the Reef in Brisbane on the 21st February, Cairns on 22nd February or Canberra on 26th February.

Biodiversity Fund: Round Two 2013-14

Round Two of the Biodiversity Fund will invest over four years to restore and manage Australia’s biodiversity and improve carbon outcomes across the landscape. This investment will focus on the following target areas:

  • The ‘Central Australian Connection’
  • Tasmania (excluding Macquarie Island)
  • South-West Western Australia
  • Urban waterways and coastal environments
  • South Australia – Victoria Connection
  • Greater Border Ranges region
  • Carbon Farming Initiative projects (anywhere across the country)

More information about the Round Two target areas can be found in the guidelines.

Expressions of Interest (for projects seeking $2 million or more) for Round Two of the Biodiversity Fund will close at 2pm AEDT 12 March 2013.

Applications (for projects seeking between $500 000 and$2 million) for Round Two of the Biodiversity Fund will close at 2pm AEST on 10 April 2013.

More information on the application process is also available in the guidelines.

Stakeholder information sessions

For further information, stakeholders are invited to the information session in Brisbane or Cairns next week. Staff from the Department will be on hand to answer questions and discuss all programs outlined in the national biodiversity conservation prospectus released late last year, in particular, the Biodiversity Fund and the recently released Caring for our Country Sustainable Environment stream: Target Area Grants.

Information session will be held at the following locations:

Friday 22 February 2013

Cairns: 9.00am – 11.00am

Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns

209 – 217 Abbott Street

Cairns

RSVP: Shaoying.wang@environment.gov.au

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