25 June 2010
Joint media release
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Tony Burke
Minister for Environment Protection, Heritage and the Arts Peter Garrett
The Gillard Government today announced up to $8 million in additional funds to help community groups protect the environment and support sustainable farming through its 2010-11 Caring for our Country Community Action Grants program.
Minister for Environment Protection, Heritage and the Arts, Peter Garrett and Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Tony Burke, encouraged small community groups nationwide to apply for grants of $5,000 to $20,000 to help them take action to protect and revitalise the Australian landscape.
Minister Burke said the additional funds include $4.2 million for Landcare-related activities across Australia.
“The Gillard Government understands the importance of supporting grassroots community groups such as Landcare, Coastcare and Indigenous groups carrying out their vital on-ground work at a local level,” Mr Burke said.
“These grants take into account small community groups who often get shut out if the grants are only for large projects. This allows Government to support Landcare at the most local level.
“The funding can be used for a range of purposes, including for Landcare facilitators, removing weeds, planting trees, controlling pests and field days.
This funding reinforces the government’s commitment to those environmental and land management community groups which carry out invaluable work in their local area.
It also builds upon the success of the Community Action Grant’s first round which saw more than $7 million being provided for 425 projects undertaking environmental and sustainable agricultural projects.
Eligible community groups may include:
- Community groups involved in coastal rehabilitation, restoration and conservation;
- Groups of farmers or land managers working on sustainable farming or improving natural resource management;
- Indigenous partnerships involved in protecting or improving the environment;
- Groups involved in biodiversity, environmental protection or managing natural resources.
The guidelines and hard copy application form will be available from the Caring for our Country website at www.nrm.gov.au or by calling 1800 552 008 from Tuesday 6 July 2010. Applications will close in late August.