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Culturally Inspired grants open in southern Tasmania

Aboriginal people and organisations in southern Tasmania are invited to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to Culturally Inspired grants totalling $30,000 to help care for the region’s natural environment.

Culturally Inspired grants of up to $5,000 are available for Aboriginal people and organisations to undertake on-ground works and activities such as cultural and environmental awareness activities, support for training, development of Healthy Land and Sea Plans, on-ground actions for sustainable land management and support to youth education or cultural mentoring activities. Grant priorities include:

  • Increased engagement, participation and capacity building of communities working in natural resource management and/or cultural heritage protection.
  • On ground works to protect nationally and regionally significant species, vegetation communities and places, cultural landscapes.
  • Aboriginal land and sea managers (farmers and fishers) adopting sustainable natural resource management initiatives.

The grants are part of the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme and managed locally by NRM South— one of Australia’s 56 regional natural resource management organisations.

This is a one-off funding program, run through NRM South’s new Aboriginal NRM Support Coordinator, Kathie Fletcher. “My role is an important one for the organisation, and the region, to build cultural awareness and understanding among people working in natural resource management (NRM).” says Kathie.“It’s also about incorporating this understanding into the way we work and build relationships to open the doors to collaborative projects”,

The Culturally Inspired grants guidelines and expression of interest forms, can be found at the NRM South web site, or by contacting Kathie. Culturally Inspired grant EOI’s close 27 April.

At the same time as the grants opening, NRM South is developing an organisational ‘Aboriginal Engagement and Participation Framework’, to enhance the way NRM South works with and supports the Tasmanian Aboriginal people in NRM. This Framework has been endorsed by the NRM South board, and is currently open to Aboriginal people and organisations to provide input and feedback.

Donald Coventry, CEO said “Our Framework is core to our commitment to increase opportunities for Aboriginal communities to participate in natural resource management, including supporting our partners and others across the region to do the same.”

The consultation draft of the Aboriginal Engagement and Participation Framework and Culturally Inspired grants information can be downloaded from our Targeted EOI’s grant and Aboriginal Engagement pages. For more information contact Kathie Fletcher on 6221 6116 or 0419 539 485.

Photo: R.Garnett from Conservation Landholder Tasmanias workshop at Aboriginal managed Murrayfield Station, Bruny Island.

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