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Wildlife Recovery Grants - 2020

Ashleigh Coombs - Friday, May 15, 2020

Dear Friends of Parks Member Groups

You may be aware that the Wildlife Recovery grants are now open, with grants for projects up to $50,000 available.

Friends of Parks groups are eligible and the grants can be for any land tenure e.g. private land, national park reserve etc.

Applications close on Friday 12 June.

Please refer to the details provided below, and if your group is thinking of undertaking a park-based project please discuss with your local national parks staff.

Please also feel free to contact Jacqui Wilson, Wildlife Recovery Fund Grants Officer at or phone 0481 560 415 for further information or answers to specific questions.

For more info go to -


Gill Peacey
Manager, Volunteer Programs
National Parks & Crown Land Programs | National Parks and Wildlife Service South Australia
Department for Environment and Water
P: (08) 8124 4931

DEW on-park 'Volunteer Support Grants' 2019/2020

Ashleigh Coombs - Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Dear Friends of Parks member groups

The Department of Environment and Water is pleased to continue supporting the Volunteer Support Grants for 2019 - 2020.

Up to $60,000 is available for grants up to $5000 each and are open to Friends of Parks member groups and other volunteer groups for on ground projects within gazetted NPW reserves.

Grant News/DEW 'Volunteer Support Grants' 2019/2020

Amongst It—the experimental project in nature connection

Ashleigh Coombs - Sunday, November 12, 2017

Amongst It—the experimental project in nature connection that DEWNR is running, alongside Conservation SA the Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI).

Amongst It is aiming 1) to catalyse new projects that connect people to the nature that surrounds them everyday, and 2) to make visible the myriad ways in which South Australians are already connecting with those environments.

Over the next six months, we're supporting a series of small projects that do either of these things, and have opened up a set of grants to help fund people to run events or activities that connect people to nature in unexpected and creative ways.

I've attached our project overview to give you a taste of what we're up to. Do you think you might know some folks who would be interested in being involved by running an event, activity or creative installation before May 2018? More info is also available at our website,

Kind regards,


Amongst It - 2018 Amongst It - 2018 (3864 KB)

PhD top-up scholarship - University of Adelaide

Ashleigh Coombs - Sunday, November 12, 2017

Study with TERN (Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network)

2018 PhD Top-up Scholarship
Orchids: Canary in the coal mine for climate change

We are offering a PhD top-up scholarship of $7,000 per annum for three years for an enthusiastic student to undertake research on orchids in a changing climate in association with Wild Orchid Watch (WOW). You will be based at TERN's high impact research group at the University of Adelaide, which manages a field-based ecosystem surveillance monitoring program operating across the country.

Applicants holding, or intending to apply for a scholarship such as a Research Training Program Stipend (RTPS) or equivalent are eligible. In addition, operational costs will be covered. The project is hosted by the University of Adelaide in the School of Biological Sciences and our team is based at the Waite Campus.

More information here:

Rosalie Lawrence, Native Orchid Society of SA Inc.,

Fund My Neighbourhood program

Ashleigh Coombs - Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Do you have a cracking idea to help your local environment or special nature place?

Need some help to get it happening?

Funding opportunities are rare for local environmental projects, so we are keen for you to make the most of the recently announced Fund My Neighbourhood program.

While much of the publicity for the program has focused on sporting clubrooms and playgrounds, there's nothing to stop the money going towards protecting or enhancing your little pocket of this beautiful planet we call home.

It could be rehabilitating a local patch of bush, creating a rain garden or butterfly garden, or planting a communal orchard.

If you are an individual or a group who has an environmental idea to improve your neighbourhood but is not sure how or where to begin, come to a special information session:

WHEN: Wednesday 23 August, 2017 from 4:30pm - 5.30pm
WHERE: The Joinery, 111 Franklin St Adelaide
And if you want to partner with us on a project, give Conservation SA's Kathryn Warhurst a call on 8223 5155.

Fund My Neighbourhood is different from a usual grant funding round - it's a participatory budgeting program that gives South Australians the power to nominate and vote for the projects they like the best.

Environment & Sustainability is one of six eligible categories — but there are lots of tricks and potential traps that can dramatically increase or decrease the chance of your project being chosen.

So we've invited Gail Fairlamb, one of the creators of the program, along on Wednesday to explain how you can give yourself or your group the best chance for success.

We hope to see you Wednesday at 4.30pm. Otherwise, give Kathryn a call to see if we can help you turn your dream project into reality.

All the best
Craig and the Conservation SA team

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Murray Mallee LAP - Urgent expressions of Interest

Ashleigh Coombs - Thursday, June 29, 2017

Urgent expressions of Interest are sought from individuals, partnerships and groups for potential revegetation sites in the Murray Mallee Local Action Planning area to restore habitat for threatened species.

Project proposals are currently being prepared to secure funding for revegetation programs in our area. Sites that will directly benefit threatened birds including Malleefowl will be considered for inclusion in the grant applications.

If you believe you have a suitable site and would like to be involved in this project please contact us by July 11th 2017, in order to meet application deadlines.

You can contact us directly;
P; 8531 2066

Urgent - call for expressions of interest

Fund My Project - Riverine Recovery

Ashleigh Coombs - Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Submissions now open!

From now until 26 April 2017, eligible community groups, individuals and organisations can apply for funding of between $5,000 and $20,000 (plus GST) for projects that will promote recovery of Murray River wetlands, floodplains and backwaters.

Projects should promote the environmental objectives of the Riverine Recovery Project and leave a lasting impact and legacy of knowledge, information and understanding of wetland management and riverine recovery.

For more information go to

The State of Volunteering

Ashleigh Coombs - Thursday, March 09, 2017


The State of Volunteering Online

The State of Volunteering Online is an e-newsletter that the Office for Volunteers emails to volunteers, community organisations and government agencies.

Read the latest issue

Tell us your story

Do you have a story for The State of Volunteering Online? Articles and photos about your volunteering experiences, events, projects and achievements can be emailed to State of Volunteering Subscription Form

The Myer Foundation - Sustainability & Environment Capacity Building Grants

Ashleigh Coombs - Thursday, January 12, 2017


Capacity Building Grants Closing Soon!


The Myer Foundation is pleased to announce that grants to support capacity building for

eligible community organisations are now available.

Applications are invited from eligible organisations working on:

  • Improvements to urban environments in particular organisations focused on urban

and community farming and food gardening, and street greening

  • Urban biodiversity including organisations focused on conservation of natural

environments in urban areas such as creeks, wetlands, grasslands and bush.

Local governments or other network or umbrella groups may apply for grants to enable them

to work with small groups and organisations in their area to strengthen their organisational capacity.


In this round eligibility is limited to organisations (including local government) located in Metropolitan Adelaide, Greater Hobart and Greater Launceston. Full details are available on The Myer Foundation website.




Expressions of Interest close on 3 February 2017.


Sidney Myer Fund & The Myer Foundation

PO Box 21676, Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne 8011

17 Bennetts Lane, Melbourne 3000 | t: +61 3 8672 5555

Review of the National Landcare Programme

Ashleigh Coombs - Monday, September 19, 2016

The Australian Government – through the Department of the Environment and Energy and the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources – is undertaking a review of the delivery arrangements of the National Landcare Programme.

As an applicant and/or participant in the National Landcare Programme’s 25th Anniversary Landcare Grants 2014-15 funding round, the Australian Government would like to invite you to participate in a survey of the Programme’s delivery arrangements.

The Programme funds priority areas, including the Reef Program, Regional Delivery, Regional Landcare Facilitators, Environment Stewardship, small grants (e.g. 25th Anniversary Landcare Grants 2014-15), 20 Million Trees, World Heritage management, and Indigenous Protected Areas. The review aims to build an evidence base to inform program planning and delivery post-2018. More information on the National Landcare Programme Review is available at

If you wish to participate in a stakeholder survey to provide your views on the National Landcare Programme, the survey will be open from 15 September to 14 October 2016.

  • If you would like a hard copy of the survey, please contact ARTD Consultants by emailing or by calling 02 9373 9918.

You are also encouraged to forward information about the review on to other interested persons.

Thank you for your time and interest and for any views/feedback you choose to provide on the delivery of the National Landcare Programme.

Kind Regards,

The Programme Team

25th Anniversary Landcare Grants 2014-15

(on behalf of)

The Department of the Environment and Energy

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

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