Community Small Grants Eligible Activities


See below a list of eligible activities, items and important conditions that will assist you in putting together your project application.

Revegetation

Revegetation

For habitat, biodiversity corridors or linkages, erosion control.

Eligible Items

  • Materials (e.g. Seedlings, seed, tree guards, mulch)
  • Labour (specialist consultants/contractors, site preparation)
  • Equipment hire (e.g. tree planter)

Conditions

  • Revegetation must aim to establish and manage mixed native species plantings appropriate to the site, the issue being addressed, the type of vegetation community and use native species of plants found in the local area.
  • Revegetation can include planting seedlings and/or direct seeding.
  • A minimum of 800 stems per hectare should be planted.
  • Advice should be sought from persons with relevant expertise as to the best revegetation methods and species mix for the area (e.g. from the relevant regional natural resource management or Landcare organisation).
  • Species that are known to be or have the potential to become an agricultural or environmental weed must not be used.
  • Funds should not be used for revegetation where the primary purpose is to beautify or improve amenity.
  • Funds are not to be used to plant agricultural plant species.
  • Project should demonstrate consistency with relevant local, regional, state or national vegetation legislation, plans and strategies such as Australia’s Native Vegetation Framework 2012.

Fencing

Fencing

Eligible Items

  • Materials (e.g. posts, wire)
  • Equipment hire (if necessary)
  • Contract labour to erect fencing (if necessary)

Conditions

  • Fencing will only be funded where it provides high environmental benefits (e.g. where it is the most cost effective management action for the protection of a sensitive riparian area, remnant native vegetation, critical habitat area or is part of a strategy to reduce soil erosion).
  • Fencing for the primary purpose of stock management will not be supported unless it meets the above requirement.
  • Fencing that might have a detrimental and significant impact on non-targeted species (e.g. by inhibiting movement) will not be funded.
  • Funds cannot be used for standard boundary fencing that is a landholder’s normal responsibility, for replacing existing fencing or fencing for paddock subdivision (except where it is used to create a demonstration site or to control soil erosion).
  • The type and quality of fencing proposed should reflect the issue being addressed.

Weed Control

Weed Control

Weed treatment activities primarily involve the physical, chemical, or biological control of weed plant species.

Eligible Items

  • Materials (e.g. physical, chemical and biological controls)
  • Equipment hire
  • Mapping / planning
  • Contract labour (specialist consultants or contractors)

Conditions

  • Activities need to show a demonstrated public benefit, such as reducing impacts on biodiversity or protecting the values of important wetlands.
  • Funds cannot be used to meet existing legal obligations.
  • Activities must focus on reducing the spread and impact of existing weeds or local eradication or containment of new or emerging weeds focusing on weeds listed on the National Environmental Alert List.
  • Where activities relate to Weeds of National Significance they are expected to be part of regional and / or coordinated efforts.
  • Project activities should demonstrate consistency with relevant local, regional, state or national weeds strategies and plans and recommended weeds management codes of practice, such as the Australian Weeds Strategy and Weeds of National Significance national strategies and best practice manuals.
  • Projects should always minimise the risk of spreading pests and diseases when undertaking on-ground work.
  • Funds cannot be used to undertake weed control where the primary benefit will be for agricultural production purposes, unless there are cash co-contributions commensurate with the level of private benefits and clear public environment benefits can also be demonstrated.
  • Please note that no more than 10% of the project funds can be allocated to non on-ground costs including mapping and planning activities.

Pest or disease management

Pest or disease management

Eligible Items

  • Materials (i.e. physical, chemical and biological controls)
  • Equipment hire
  • Mapping / planning
  • Contract labour (specialist consultants or contractors)

Conditions

  • Activities must focus on local eradication or reducing the impact and spread of existing pests or diseases.
  • Funds cannot be used to meet legal obligations.
  • Project activities should demonstrate consistency with relevant local, regional, state or national pest animal strategies and plans, and recommended management codes of practice, such as the Australian Pest Animal Strategy, and the model codes of practice and standard operating procedures for the humane capture, handling, or destruction of feral animals in Australia.
  • Care should be taken to minimise the risk of spreading pests and diseases.
  • Please note that no more than 10% of the project funds can be allocated to non on-ground costs including mapping and planning activities.

Access management

Access management

To manage access / movements to reduce impacts on environmentally sensitive areas or Indigenous heritage.

Eligible Items

  • Materials (e.g. troughs, tanks, rock, pipes, walkway materials, including delivery costs)
  • Equipment hire
  • Contract labour (specialist consultants or contractors)
  • Costs associated with gaining required approvals/permits

Conditions

  • Where the Project proposes to fence off a coastal area, wetland, estuary or other aquatic habitat for the purpose of protecting the sensitive ecosystem from stock access, the construction of water infrastructure in an adjacent paddock may be justified. However, the applicant must show appropriate co-contributions and the public benefit expected to be delivered.
  • Note – also refer to the conditions under the fencing section.
  • Applications should demonstrate that access / movements are currently impacting on environmental and / or Indigenous heritage values.
  • Infrastructure should not be developed for the primary purpose of progressing tourism or for improving amenity.
  • Proposals seeking to construct infrastructure for public access must meet all relevant public safety standards and planning requirements, explain how the site will be maintained, and demonstrate that landholder permission has been obtained.
  • Where activities are on public land, unless the works are already identified in planning documents relevant to the area, where relevant, community consultation should be undertaken before the Project commences, or during the Project.
  • Project activities directly affecting Indigenous cultural sites or places of significance will need to demonstrate that permission has/can be obtained from the relevant Indigenous Organisation/s in relation to this Project.
  • Please note that no more than 10% of the project funds can be allocated to non on-ground costs including costs associated with gaining approvals and permits.

Erosion management

Erosion management

To reduce impacts on environmentally sensitive areas.

Eligible Items

  • Equipment hire
  • Contract labour (specialist consultants or contractors)
  • Costs associated with gaining required approvals/permits

Conditions

  • Activities must focus on stabilising or mitigating erosion of gullies, dune systems, river banks, creeks, estuaries etc where it can be demonstrated that the activity is part of a threat abatement plan or strategy and/or will directly improve the ecological condition of the site.
  • Applications including earthwork activities must demonstrate that this will deliver sufficient outcomes to justify its cost against alternative options for erosion control, such as revegetation and stock exclusion fencing. Note also the conditions under ‘fencing’.
  • Please note that no more than 10% of the project funds can be allocated to non on-ground costs including costs associated with gaining approvals and permits.

Educational activities and raising community awareness / participation

Capacity building / Raising community awareness and participation

Assisting groups to adopt new ideas or build skills in sustainable agriculture and other natural resource management activities.

Eligible Items

  • Materials (e.g. development of information manuals, information packs, interpretive signage)
  • Advertising costs
  • Venue hire and associated costs (if required)
  • Costs of expert advice / presenters

Conditions

  • May include activities such as field days, workshops, information sessions, school environmental education programs and other awareness-raising activities.
  • Please note that no more than 10% of the project funds can be allocated to non on-ground costs including capacity building activities.

Demonstration

Demonstration

Group demonstration projects to address priority sustainable agricultural and other natural resource management issues.

Eligible Items

  • Materials (e.g. plants, seedlings, native/introduced pasture including delivery costs)
  • Equipment hire or equipment modification costs
  • Consultants, contractors, expert advice, technical services etc

Conditions

  • Applicants will need to demonstrate that the Project is for on ground demonstration purposes for group learning.
  • Please note no more than 10% of project funds can be allocated to non on-ground costs including technical advice.

Administration support

Administration support

Eligible Items

  • Project coordination
  • General office and project costs
  • Monitoring and reporting costs
  • Insurance costs
  • Costs associated with legally required documents such as cultural heritage site searches, permits etc.

Conditions

  • Administration funding is to be used only for the purposes of supporting the operations and activities of the group or individual to undertake activities specific to delivering the Project and are expected to include monitoring and reporting responsibilities associated with the delivery of the Project.