Wildlife and Habitat Bushfire Recovery grants

Grants for bushfire affected communities

The Australian Wildlife and Habitat Bushfire Recovery Program is offering $12 million in grants over at least two tranches, the second of which is open now. 

A Wildlife and Threatened Species Expert Panel was appointed to provide guidance as to funding priorities and for the first tranche a list of priority matters was available to guide applications. No such list has been uploaded for tranche 2 but one would assume priorities would be largely unchanged in just one month. 

You can view the Expert Panel’s List of Priority Matters here, but applications are welcome for other species, natural assets and ecological communities. 

“We want to understand what is happening on the ground,” the Australian Government website says, “so applications that relate to species, ecological communities or other natural assets that are not identified Priority Matters will be considered, provided there is sufficient context and justification.”

The fund aims to support the survival and long-term recovery and resilience of fire-affected plants, animals and natural assets including their cultural values for Indigenous Australians. 

On-ground recovery actions are covered and the minimum grant awarded will be $100,000 with a maximum of $1 million. Activities could include protecting unburnt areas, feral predator and herbivore control, emergency salvage of plant and animal species for ex-situ conservation or wild-to-wild translocation, rapid on-ground assessment for species and communities of concern and supplementary shelter, food and water for native animals. This list is not exhaustive and the guidelines contain plenty of other useful information. You can download the guidelines here.

The Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is responsible for administering the fund.

Applications for tranche 2 close 28 May, 2020 and the application process is an open, competitive one.

For more information about the Australian Wildlife and Habitat Bushfire Recovery Program, visit the Australian Government’s Grant Connect website at www.grants.gov.au.

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