Do you have a great project and need funds to make it happen?
Project funding is available from a variety of sources, either given directly to Landcare groups and landholders, or managed through an umbrella group such as Brunswick Valley Landcare Inc. (BVL) which can act as a sponsor.
The Landcare Support Officer for Byron Shire, Alison Ratcliffe, can give advice about funding opportunities and assistance with grant applications. A list of open grants can also be found each month in the newsletter.
Applying for grants can take a lot of time and sometimes be very confusing! Here are a few tips to help you:
- Why not prepare a ‘Shelf’ project? Compile all the information that you are likely to need for an application such as costings and maps and then put it on the ‘shelf’ until a grant that fits your project becomes available. If you are a private landowner and want to do work on your property you can also fill in BVL Landholder expression of interest form and BVL will keep it on file for future grants.
- Collaborate and cooperate. Find out what else is happening in your area and work with other groups or individuals in joint projects.
- Base the project on the grant’s aims. Find a grant that suits your idea and build the project around the grant’s aims and make sure you address all the criteria.
- Be clear. Be succinct and very clear on the purpose, objectives and outcomes of your project.
If you are seeking funding for a project on Byron Shire Council owned or managed land, or you want to partner with Byron Shire Council, you must have approval from the General Manager. Allow ample time for the application to be reviewed.
If you would like BVL to sponsor your funding application please send the draft application to the The Landcare Support Officer for Byron Shire, Alison Ratcliffe at least one week prior to the funding submission date.
If you are applying for a grant which needs endorsement from a Landcare Support Officer, such as the Raymond Borland Bequest and Coles Junior Landcare Grants, please contact Alison Ratcliffe before submitting your application.
$500 grants for locality groups
BVL is offering $500 grants to locality groups within the Byron Shire. $500 may be applied for each financial year. Expressions of interest, an explanation of the requirement for the grant, and a brief project plan for your locality group should be submitted to the treasurer, Jenny Hartigan via our contact page.
Payment would only be allocated on approval of the grant and submission of valid receipts. Direct payment by BVL to the company where the grant was spent is also possible.