Register Interest Now: Crowdfunding for Threatened Species

The Victorian Government is offering support for crowdfunding projects in 2018 to support threatened species and biodiversity conservation campaigns to a total of $116,000.

 Community groups and organisations can use crowdfunding as a unique opportunity to raise funds for threatened species and biodiversity action, while having their fundraising efforts matched by government, with funding up to $25,000 per successful campaign available.

Workshops will be available for interested groups to learn more about running successful crowdfunding campaigns.

The first step is to register your interest in developing a crowdfunding campaign in 2018 – do this online before 5pm Friday 16 March 2018. You will then be invited to participate in a workshop to develop your crowd funding campaign. If your campaign idea is approved, the Victorian Government will provide a $2,000 grant to support the development and running of the campaign.  If your approved project successfully reaches its crowdfunding campaign target, the Victorian Government will provide matched funding equal to the target, up to a maximum of $25,000. 

To register and access the guidelines, visit https://www.environment.vic.gov.au/grants/crowdfunding

 

National Landcare Grants Now Open

The Environment Small Grants provide up to $5 million in grants in 2017-18 to community, environment, and other groups to undertake natural resource management activities that improve the quality of the local environment.

Grants available: for projects between $5,000 and $50,000

Applications close: 5pm 19 March 2018

Project duration: 12 months

Eligible activities: one of more of the following activities

  • weed and pest animal control
  • fencing
  • erosion control
  • revegetation
  • education activities and raising community awareness/participation
  • access management
  • Indigenous land & sea country planning (only Indigenous groups can apply for these projects)
  • recording Indigenous ecological knowledge (only Indigenous groups can apply for these projects)
  • administration support related to the project.

Appendixes B & C in the guidelines provide details on eligible and ineligible expenditure.   Guidelines, application forms & more information: go to https://www.business.gov.au/Assistance/National-Landcare-Program-Environment-Small-Grants

Got an idea? Council can provide assistance with putting a grant application together. For further information, contact Councils Landcare Facilitator jane.juliff@whittlesea.vic.gov.au.

NationalLandcare

 

Call For Applications: Environmental Works Grant Program Now Open!

Is your property greater than two hectares and zoned for rural land use?

If yes, then you are eligible to apply for Council’s Environmental Works Grant Program 2018.

The Environmental Works Grant Program provides a financial incentive to rural landowners to protect and enhance Whittlesea’s biodiversity. The Program offers grants of up to $1500 for fencing projects which permanently protect remnant vegetation from livestock, fencing and planting around farm dams, and revegetation projects including shelterbelt establishment and environmental weed control within remnant vegetation.

Environmental Works Grant Program is now open for applications until 30 November 2017.

Click here to apply:

https://www.whittlesea.vic.gov.au/community-support/grants-awards-and-competitions/sustainable-land-management-grants-and-incentives/

Call Mark Williams, Council’s Sustainable Land Management Officer, on 9217 2471 for more information or to discuss a project proposal.

Environmental Works Grant Program

 

World Environment Day Event

Saturday 3 June, 10:30am  – 2:30pm

Location: Westfield Plenty Valley,  415 McDonalds Rd, Mill Park

Celebrate World Environment Day and join in on some fun family activities on offer at Westfield Shopping Centre. While you shop, learn about the environmental gems of Whittlesea. During this event there will be:

  • An interactive native animal show
  • Information and resources about how our beautiful native flora can bring birds to your garden and protect it from pests
  • Face painting: after you pat them, become a tawny frogmouth or blue tongue lizard
  • Information on where to see local highlights of our region and contacts for special interest groups
  • Giveaways

And much more!

For further information about this free event contact Nicola Vaughan on 9217 2560

Upcoming Event: FUNGI FORAY

You are invited to join Geoff Lay from the Field Naturalists Club of Victoria for a guided walk and talk on the fascinating world of fungi.

Fungi are one of the most diverse biological groups on earth. They are critical for the growth of most Australian plants by forming relationships with plants and making nutrients more readily available to the plants. They also play a crucial ecosystem role in breaking down organic matter and returning nutrients to the soil.

We’ll learn about the vast range of fungi that exists in Whittlesea, from the large and easy to observe, to the tiny and delicate, and maybe ones you’ve never noticed before.

This will be an outdoor event so dress appropriately. Light morning tea will be provided.

Date:  Sunday 7 May 2017

Time:  9:30am – 12pm

LocationWhittlesea Community Activity Centre (57 Laurel St, Whittlesea)

RSVP  Fungi Foray – Eventbrite

For further information contact Council’s Sustainable Land Management Officer, Mark Williams, on 9217 2471 or email mark.williams@whittlesea.vic.gov.au.

An event flyer is available here