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Contact FSCLA:

Jess Bettanin
Local Landcare Coordinator
Far South Coast Landcare Association 

Ph: 02 6494 7856
Mob: 0477 063 920
Old Plumb Motors Office
69-71 Auckland St Bega

(I work Wed, Thurs and Fri)
Hi Everyone, 

Happy Landcare Week! It’s that time of year, where the nation's Landcarers take action, celebrate and reflect on the incredible work done under the Landcare banner. Here on the Far South Coast I want to take the opportunity to acknowledge and thank you all for the amazing contributions you make to your communities and local land and water resources through your participation in your local Landcare groups. 

2021 Landcare Week coincides with the National Landcare Conference and Awards. I know this isn't much notice (sorry!), but the National Landcare Conference has moved online and is free to tune in today; there are 4 interesting streams - Sustainable Agriculture, Environment and Climate Change, Community Partnerships and Landcare Impact. If you miss a talk and  want to catch up later, all conference sessions are being recorded and will be available on the Landcarer Platform after the conference.

It continues to be an abundant time in terms of funding available and I have listed a few more opportunities below. Congratulations to the groups in our area who have been successful in their applications for the Landcare led bushfire recovery funds. Through this program the FSCLA successfully attracted additional funding for our native seed bank and are pleased to report that we have put on two new seed bank officers - Jens Birchall and Merryn Carey. Please keep us in mind and get in touch to talk about seed needs for up-coming plantings. Karen Walker is leaving this position after many years as she is moving further North, we thank her for her work over the years and wish her all the best with the move. 

COVID-19 and the associated restrictions continue to impact us all in our daily lives and I hope you are all managing okay under the circumstances. I feel fortunate that here in the Bega Valley shire, we are still able to carry on with our working bees while following COVID-safe procedures and it has been great to catch up with many of you in recent weeks. 

Take care, Jess

Grant Finders
1. GRANT GURU - Bega Valley Shire Funding Finder
This is a terrific and easy to use portal that is managed by our local council that allows both community groups and businesses to search for grant funding that is relevant to them. Grant guru allows you to filter to find environmental and agricultural grant funding that is relevant to Landcare groups, primary producers and other land holders.

2. Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal Find Funding Now page
The FRRR are an inspiring not-for-profit organisation based out of Bendigo whose purpose is to ensure the long-term vitaility of remote and regional Australia. FRRR both create and seek grants to fund projects and their find funding now page is a great place to search for relevant grants. 

Current Grant Opportunities
  • Closes: 24 Aug 2021
  • Details: Up to $10,000 through the Small & Vital Stream, 
    and up to $25,000 are available through the Bushfire Recovery Stream
Where does Landcare fit in?
  • The Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) program aims to give the thousands of small rural, regional and remote communities across Australia an opportunity to access funding to support broad community needs. Given the events of summer 2019/20, it has also been expanded to offer funding to support recovery in bushfire-affected communities.
    Grants are available for a broad range of grassroots, community-led initiatives that directly and clearly benefit local communities. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and assessed quarterly.

2. Norman Wettenhall FoundationSmall Environmental Grants Scheme

  • Closes: EOIs open now
  • Details: Max $10000. 

Where does Landcare fit in? 

  • Looking for projects around: flora and fauna conservation or threatened mammal conservation 
    Projects must be directly making positive changes to biodiversity conservation in Australia.
    Projects should have some short term outputs, but also have long term objectives and values. 
    Projects should show the following: enthusiasm, collaboration, passion, innovation.
    These projects should involve any of the following:
    - monitoring, recording and sharing data
    - delivering community education
    - providing community capacity building (e.g. training)
    - research and science
    - We are keen to hear about your results, so you must be prepared to submit a final report
  • Closes: 11 Aug 2021
  • Details: Max $15000
Where does Landcare fit in? 
  • ANZ Seeds of Renewal is a small grants program designed to help build vibrant and sustainable rural communities, to ensure the ongoing prosperity of regional Australia. The program focuses specifically on helping to build vibrant and sustainable rural communities and ensure the ongoing prosperity of regional Australia. It is built on two key tenets:
    Vibrant communities and Sustainable communities 
  • This program supports local causes to improve environmental sustainability practices, including initiatives that restore and conserve the natural environment or which contribute to lower carbon emissions, water stewardship and waste minimisation.
4. Nutrien Ag Solutions - Community Grants Program 
  • Closes: 3 Sept 2021
  • Details: Max $5000
Where does Landcare fit in: 
  • Nutrien Ag Solutions Community Grants is a small grants program aiming to contribute to the success, vibrancy and wellbeing of rural and regional communities nationwide.
  • Nutrien Ag Solutions seeks to support local grassroots organisations with funding for projects that are meaningful for their communities.
  • Organisations wanting to apply will need to have their project endorsed by a Nutrien Ag Solutions Branch Manager. 
5. Future Drought Fund - Overview 
  • Closes: 8 Sept 2021
  • Details: 3 grant types are available in this EOI and grant opportunity:
    - Ideas Grants will provide $50,000 (GST inclusive) for one year.  
    - Proof-of-Concept Grants will provide funding of up to $120,000 (GST inclusive) for one year. 
    - Innovation Grants will provide funding of between $300,000 to $1.1 million (GST inclusive) per year for a maximum of 3 years.
Where does Landcare fit in?
  • This program aims to help farmers and regional communities become more prepared for, and resilient to, the impacts of drought. Launched in July 2020, it provides farmers and communities with the tools they need to plan, manage and sustain their livelihoods for the droughts that will come.
  • The Australian Government is inviting Expression of Interest applications via an open competitive process for grants under the Future Drought Fund - Drought Resilience Innovation Expression of Interest (EOI) and Grants Program from 29 July 2021 to 8 September 2021.  
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