Landscape Links Grant

Financial assistance is available for landholders and land managers to create or enhance priority biodiversity habitats and corridors on their property. Funding between $10,000 – $25,000 is available per landholder or property for restoration works within the 2023/2024 financial year. Applicants are required to provide an in-kind contribution equal to or greater than the total amount of funds requested. Applications open on Saturday 22 April 2023, and close at midnight on Sunday 14 May 2023.

Habitat loss, degradation and fragmentation are a leading threat to our native flora and fauna, and landscapes that support sustainable regional communities. This threat has been exacerbated by the three-fold impacts of drought, fire, and floods experienced in the North Coast region since 2019. The cumulative impact of these events has highlighted the need to improve landscape habitat connectivity to safeguard native species in the NSW North Coast.

landholder planting in recovery site

About the Landscape Links Grant

Landholders and land managers can apply to undertake works on private land, Aboriginal Land, or managed Crown Land. Applicants must demonstrate a management agreement is in place for works on Crown Lands.

The grant will only be offered to sites within the Port Macquarie-Hastings, Kempsey, and Nambucca Local Government Areas. The limited offering to these LGAs is to improve the potential landscape impact of the limited funds available to disperse under the program. A Landscape Links map has been developed to identify key habitat areas and links for investment across the North Coast region.

Applicants will be able to express their interest in receiving support from their local Landcare network during their project.

Between $10,000 – $25,000 can be requested to undertake activities outlined in the Landscape Links Grant guidelines. North Coast Local Land Services will offer funding for:

  • habitat restoration using a range of techniques, including weed control*, regeneration, and planting of endemic native vegetation species.
  • pest species control activities, including baiting^, shooting^, trapping, tracking, and monitoring.
  • habitat augmentation, such as installing nesting boxes or constructed hollows, or management of specific habitat features such as old-growth trees.
  • fencing that better manages stock access into priority habitat areas.
  • off-stream water points for livestock (including troughs and consumables), where fencing impacts stock access to watering points within habitat areas.
  • minor gully erosion and sediment control works that address impacts on priority habitat areas.

*Some weed control works may require permits or special conditions when working in sensitive areas.

^Persons undertaking baiting or shooting must hold the relevant accreditations.

Submit your application

All applicants should read the Landscape Links Grant Guidelines before applying.

Landscape Links Grant Guidelines PDF, 358.59 KB

A PDF version of the application form is available to help plan your application. Please note, this should only be used as a planning tool, and your application should be submitted online. Download a copy of the example application form to help you prepare your application.

All successful applicants will be required to enter into a funding agreement (contract) with North Coast Local Land Services and commit to site maintenance for a minimum of three years after the funding period. View an example of the funding agreement.

Click the link to begin your application. Your application can be closed and completed at a later date.

Applications close at midnight on Sunday 14 May 2023.

The Landscape Links Grant program is a component of the NRM Framework funding provided by the NSW Government.

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