Wetlands for Wildlife
Wetland Habitat Improvement Grants
This funding program has now closed, and applications are no longer being accepted.
Murray Local Land Services is calling on landholders and community groups interested in participating in a wetland restoration project to apply for funding.
The Wetlands for Wildlife project aims to improve the condition of wetland habitats for threatened and/or locally significant species.
Wetlands provide refuge and habitat for many of our native birds, fish and animals. They are important areas for maintaining our plant and animal biodiversity by providing water, food and shelter, especially in drier times.
Many Threatened and Endangered species live in our local wetlands. We have small-bodied native fish, wetland plants and a range of water birds and animals that rely on our wetlands, such as the Southern Bell frog, the Australasian Bittern, and the Southern Pygmy Perch. Improving wetland habitats will assist these threatened species and other native plants and animals to survive and thrive.
WHAT ASSISTANCE IS AVAILABLE?
Up to $15,000 (excluding GST) per successful application is available in 2022-2023. Larger project ideas are welcome to apply and may be considered in future years.
Grants will be provided to projects that address one or more of the following areas:
- Improve habitat for threatened and/or locally significant species
- Reduce the impacts of stock and/or feral animals
- Reduce pests and/or weeds
- Improve water delivery/management
- Increase biodiversity.
Projects may include activities such as:
- Revegetation or re-snagging
- Minor structures to improve water delivery to the site
- Stock management activities, e.g. fencing, alternate watering point
- Carp exclusion
- Pest control
- Weed control at the site
- Other activities that improve habitat.
WETLANDS FOR WILDLIFE GRANT DETAILS
- Successful applicants must sign a written funding agreement with Murray Local Land Services
- Projects must be started within 2 months of contract signing and completed by no later than May 31 2024
- Applicants must be able to enter into a legally binding agreement, through being incorporated, acting under an auspicing organisation or other arrangements
- If the applicant Is not the landowner, written consent must be obtained from the landowner or management authority prior to application submission.
Wetland Habitat Improvement grants may not be used for:
- Activities that may have a significant adverse impact on indigenous cultural heritage and which have not received approval through relevant state or territory legislative requirements
- Activities that involve planting of species (including native species) that are known to be, or could become, environmental or agricultural weeds in or near the project location
- Enlarging, deepening or construction of new water bodies
- Projects, activities, or purchases already undertaken prior to written approval-in-principle of the grant application.
This list is not exhaustive and grant recipients will be notified in their grant contracts which items are eligible to receive funding.
TIMEFRAME FOR GRANT DELIVERY
- Application period commences: 8 August 2022
- Deadline for requesting assistance with application: 2 September 2022
- Closing date for applications: 12 September 2022
- Successful applicants will be notified by: 7 October 2022
- Deadline for signing agreement: 12 December 2022
- Project completion, including submission of final report: 31 of May 2024
HOW CAN I FIND OUT MORE?
Or you can contact:
- Josh Campbell - Land Services Officer on 0427 104 874, or
- Susanne Watkins - Senior Land Services Officer on 0458 414 924, or
- email firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications for the program close at 5 pm, Sunday 12 September 2022.
The project is funded by the NSW Government.
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