Details on projects funded through Caring for our Country in 2010-11 are available below. Regional base level, open call and Landcare projects are included in the business plan listings.
In October 2010 the Australian Government announced more than $241 million in Caring for our Country funding to protect the Australian landscape and help ensure our farmlands remain viable into the future.
The funding includes:
- $181 million in base level funding for 56 regional natural resource management organisations around Australia
- more than $60 million for 168 competitive open call projects to improve, protect and better manage our natural and productive landscapes including 43 Landcare projects.
In December 2010 the Australian Government announced an additional $2.5 million in funding for nine Landcare projects.
An additional $43.9 million has been provided to support Reef Rescue projects.
Caring for our Country is a landmark initiative in natural resource management in Australia. Over the first five years it will provide more than $2 billion in funding.
Caring for our Country investment helps regional organisations, industry associations, community groups and landholders protect and conserve natural resources including our farming lands, water, coasts, plants and animals.
The Australian Government received more than 600 applications for the open call component of the Caring for our Country business plan 2010-11, including approximately 50 Expressions of Interest for sustainable agriculture and fishing practices projects.
The initiative coordinates projects across the country with consistent national targets which are backed by an annual business plan to focus investment and deliver maximum results.
Sustainable Farm Practices funding from Caring for our Country
2010-11 business plan expressions of interest call successful projects - Sustainable Farm Practices
Farmers, fishers and land managers will benefit from funding to improve the long term health of Australia's natural resources on land and in the water.
Advice to applicants
All proposals were subjected to a rigorous selection process which involved assessment by community panels. The applications were assessed and ranked in terms of how they addressed the Caring for our Country targets and the criteria set out in the 2010-11 business plan.
Applicants will be sent a letter advising them of the outcome of their application for funding along with contact details should they wish to receive comments on their individual proposal.
Community Action Grants
The Australian Government has approved $7.96 million in Community Action Grant funding to help community groups take action to sustainably manage and protect our environment and natural resources.
The funding includes:
- More than $4.2 million for 233 Landcare projects
- More than $3.7 million for 220 non-Landcare projects to conserve, protect and enhance our environment.
Community Action Grants supports local community groups working across the country in all geographic areas on private and public lands to enhance our environment.
2010-11 Geographic distribution map and summary
List of funded projects
All proposals were subjected to a rigorous selection process which involved assessment by community panels. The eligibility of all applications were assessed against criteria stipulated in the Applicant Guidelines designed to ensure that local environmental and sustainable practices community groups receive funding for a broad range of activities that will contribute to Caring for our Country national priorities. The merit of all eligible applications were assessed and ranked against:
- alignment of the project with Caring for our Country outcomes;
- feasibility of the project;
- the organisation's level of community engagement;
- value for money of the proposal; and
- demonstrated capacity of the organisation to deliver the project.
All applicants have been advised in writing of the outcome of their application.
For further information about Community Action Grants, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 1800 552 008.
You can also try our Community Action Grants Frequently Asked Questions for more information.
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