NRM South is pleased to open its 2015 Naturally Inspired Grants – encouraging groups and individuals to apply for a share in over $130,000 of funding to support projects that deliver positive environmental change and sustainable farming initiatives across Southern Tasmania.
Since 2009, the Naturally Inspired Grants have supported more than 100 community groups with over $335,000 in funding. The return from this work is five-fold demonstrating a good investment into, and by, the community. The current round of grants will also extend to individual landholders and farming groups, amalgamating previous NRM South grants such as the on-farm action grants or public benefit grants, into the Naturally Inspired Grants program. The grants are open to community groups, farmer groups, not-for-profit organisations, schools and individual land managers.
NRM South CEO Donald Coventry encourages people and organisations who have an interest in protecting or improving a special place to apply for the grants.
“People and organisations who are passionate about their part of the world contribute a massive amount of time and resources into looking after it, and in recognising this commitment and enthusiasm we invite groups and individuals to apply for a share in over $130,000 of funding to support their environmental projects.”
The Naturally Inspired Grants support a diverse range of activities and outcomes, including native plant revegetation, rehabilitating sensitive habitat, weed control or management, controlling invasive species, developing awareness raising tools, adopting innovative land use practices, and many more.
The grants, which are funded by the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme and through the Regional Landcare Facilitator program, focus on three priority areas. In 2015 they involve projects that:
- Increase engagement, participation and capacity building in natural resource management
- Include on ground works to protect national and state listed species, communities and places
- Encourage farmers and fishers to adopt sustainable management initiatives
Projects that address one or more of the above priorities should also incorporate any of the following activities:
- Direct on-ground works
- Building community capacity and awareness raising
- Engaging with indigenous people or supporting delivery by indigenous people
- NRM South is also encouraging groups and landholders to play a role in protecting Tasmania’s special places by helping stop the spread of pests and pathogens within Southern Tasmania. Grant recipients who meet biosecurity criteria will be supplied with a field hygiene kit free of charge.
The kits use a non-toxic, biodegradable veterinary disinfectant called F10, recommended due to its effectiveness against a range of pests and pathogens including Phytophthora root rot, Chytrid frog fungus and Didymo. Eligible groups and landholders can apply for a free kit when submitting their application to Naturally Inspired Grants and the kits are also available to purchase. For further information please view the flyer.
Applications for the Naturally Inspired Grants Round 8 are now open and close on Sunday 15 March 2015.