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2022 Victorian Landcare Grants

Overview
The Victorian Government is providing $3.35 million through the Victorian Landcare Grants to support Landcare and environmental volunteering groups and networks for on-ground works, education, and capacity building projects that protect, enhance, and restore our land and environment.

Funding

A total of $3.35 million is available for project and support grants across Victoria.

Project grants
Up to $20,000 is available for on-ground works, capacity building activities, community education and engagement that protects, or improves natural assets such as native vegetation, native fauna, waterways, wetlands, and soils.

Support grants
Up to $500 is available for assistance with costs such as insurance, incorporation and operational needs, or meetings and events or newsletters, websites, and other communication.

Eligibility
The grants are open to environmental volunteering groups including Landcare groups and networks, Friends groups, Conservation Management Networks, Committees of Management and Aboriginal groups.

Timeline
Applications open Tuesday 14th June 2022
Applications close 5pm Tuesday 26th July 2022
Recipients notified September 2022
Projects completed 30 November 2023

Guidelines
2022 Victorian Landcare Grant Guidelines – GBCMA

Contact
For more information or to discuss your application please contact Tony Kubeil on 0408 597 213 or tonyk@gbcma.vic.gov.au

Apply Here
https://delwp.smartygrants.com.au/GBCMA2022VLG


Emerging Stronger Grants Program

Overview
The Emerging Stronger grants program has been established to restore and reinvigorate volunteering in local communities. Grants of up to $80,000 are available to support local partnerships and innovation projects to re-engage volunteers, broaden the volunteer base, and/or strengthen volunteering in local communities. Highly rated submissions will demonstrate critical community need and outline the priority sectors, organisations and communities that will be supported. Eligible applicants must have an established partnership or network in place to support the immediate commencement of funded activities.

Funding
The Victorian Government is providing $1 million in grants to support local partnerships and innovation projects to re-engage volunteers, broaden the volunteer base, and strengthen volunteering in local communities.

Eligibility
Partnering requirements:
* Applicants must have an established partnership/consortium and/or relevant networks in place to support immediate commencement of project activities.
* There is no minimum or maximum number of partners.
* Partner organisations should all be aware of the application and provide a letter of support indicating their willingness to participate if the application is successful.

Conditions of funding:
* The funded organisations must agree to enter into a Funding Agreement with the Department of Families Fairness and Housing.
* Agencies must be able to commence program delivery immediately following written confirmation from the department.
* The project activities must be delivered by 28 February 2023.
* Organisations will complete a project acquittal and submit an evaluation report at the completion of the activities.

Timeline
Applications open Monday 6 June 2022
Closing date for further information 9am Monday 4 July 2022
Applications close 9am Monday 18 July 2022
Recipients notified from 8 August 2022
Project delivery August 2022 – February 2023
Progress report December 2022
Final report and evaluation April 2023

Guidelines
https://www.volunteer.vic.gov.au/emerging-stronger-grants-program

Contact
If you have any questions on the Emerging Stronger program, please contact volunteer.strategy@dffh.vic.gov.au

Apply Here
https://cfr.smartygrants.com.au/emerging-stronger-grants


2022 Victorian Junior Landcare & Biodiversity Grants

Overview
Applications are now open for the fifth year of the Victorian Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants, funded by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.
All schools, kindergartens, childcare centres, Scouts, Girl Guides, youth and Junior Landcare groups in Victoria are eligible to apply for grants of up to $5,000, and applications close on Tuesday 9 August 2022.
These grants will fund projects that focused on Victoria’s biodiversity and involve and educate young people in valuing and actively caring for Victoria’s biodiversity and natural environment.
Projects can be either on-ground, hands-on projects, or environmental learning or educational activities.
You could plant an indigenous garden to create habitat for native birds and insects, and even work in collaboration with your local Landcare group to plan and deliver your project.
You could organise a biodiversity focused excursion or incursion, or take part in a citizen science program like Waterwatch.
You might want to do a combination of both.

Eligibility

Schools (primary or secondary), preschools, kindergartens, childcare centres, Scouts, Girl Guides, youth groups, and Junior Landcare groups in Victoria can apply.

Funding is available for projects with a focus on:
Focus Area 1 – Biodiversity focused on-ground projects (direct-action): improving biodiversity through creating, enhancing, or restoring habitat for Victoria’s native plants and animals.
Focus Area 2 – Biodiversity focused education activities (in-direct action): educating, involving, and engaging young people in valuing and actively caring for Victoria’s biodiversity and natural environment.
Projects can be for either focus area, or a mixture of both.

Timeline
Applications open 16 June 2022
Applications close 3pm Tuesday 9th August 2022
Recipients notified October 2022
Final report and project completed August 2023

Guidelines
https://juniorlandcare.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/2022-Victorian-Junior-Landcare-and-Biodiversity-Grants-Guidelines.pdf

Contact
If the Guidelines and the Information Sheets don’t answer your queries, please call Landcare Australia on 1800 151 105 or email: grants@landcareaustralia.com.au for more information

Apply Here
Eligible organisations can apply for the 2022 Victorian Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants via the Landcare Australia Grants site until 3pm Tuesday 9th August 2022.


Small-Scale and Craft Program Grants

Overview
Agriculture Victoria are offering a Small-Scale and Craft Program which targets businesses looking to scale-up operations, diversify product lines and expand outreach. If you’re looking to upscale your business, and expand into new markets, this opportunity could be for you.

Funding
Grants up to $15,000 are available to eligible small-scale and craft agribusinesses for projects that:
* support Victoria’s small-scale and craft agribusinesses to expand into new markets to support business resilience, scale-up operations, adopt new technology and increase access for tourism by developing individual tourism offerings
* ensure Victoria continues to be a leader in artisanal produce, with a renewed focus on excellence, resilience, sustainability, local job creation and economic development.

The grant can be used for:
* New equipment or small-scale infrastructure (including signage)
* Technology adoption (excluding training and ongoing maintenance and service support costs)
* Expansion of the agribusiness into new markets, including market development strategies and export support
* Product diversification
* Development and updating of farmgate outlets or sites for tourism (all permits must be submitted as evidence prior to grant agreement)

Eligibility
In order to apply, applicants must:
1. Have a current Australian Business Number (ABN)
2. Be registered as a business in Victoria
3. Be a legal entity
4. Operate a small agribusiness within the small-scale and craft sector i.e. cannot be a subsidiary of a larger firm
5. Agree to participate in future Program evaluation activities
6. Meet all workplace and employment obligations as an employer in accordance with the National Employment Standards and the rights and obligations under applicable industrial awards
7. Be able to meet the agreed (minimum 50 percent) private cash contribution requirement
8. Attest to having obtained all relevant regulatory permits and approvals for the project to commence (where applicable)
9. Provide relevant business information on the project, including costs

Timeline
Applications open 21 June 2022
Applications close 11.59pm 31 July 2022

Guidelines
https://agriculture.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/866742/Small-Scale-and-Craft-Guidelines-Stream-1-Round-3-Final.pdf

Contact
Additional information about the Small-Scale and Craft Program can be found on the Agriculture Victoria website or by contacting:
Agriculture Victoria
Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions
Tel: 136 186
Email: artisan.ag@agriculture.vic.gov.au

Apply Here
Applications can be made online here.