VICTORIAN LANDCARE GRANTS AND JUNIOR GRANTS NOW OPEN

The Victorian Government is providing a major funding boost to volunteers and young people across the state, including in Northern Victoria to help them protect and restore the natural environment in our area.

Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes announced that the 2022 Victorian Landcare Grants and the 2022 Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants are now open and aim to help volunteers and kids across the state protect Victoria’s environment.

As part of the Victorian Landcare Grants, $3.35 million is available for grants of up to $20,000 to fund on-ground projects that protect, enhance, and restore land and environment across Northern Victoria.  Support grants of up to $500 are also available to help with group administration and running costs.

The grants are open to environmental volunteering groups, including Landcare groups and networks, Friends groups, Conservation Management Networks, Committees of Management, Coastcare groups and Aboriginal groups to support the important work they do in protecting and restoring our land and environment.

As part of the 2022 Victorian Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants, $450,000 of funding will be provided to environmental projects at schools, kindergartens, preschools, childcare centres and other youth groups across the state.

Grants of up to $5000 will be available for projects that provide youth with an opportunity to participate in hands-on biodiversity projects or educate them in valuing and actively caring for biodiversity the environment.

Both grant programs support the implementation of Protecting Victoria’s Environment – Biodiversity 2037, the Victorian Government’s 20-year plan to protect Victoria’s environment and native species.

For more information about how to apply, visit environment.vic.gov.au/grants

Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes

“These grants will help volunteers and youth across the north east restore and improve habitats for our native plants and animals.”

“We know Victorians love being out in nature – and we are investing to ensure our precious and unique environment can be enjoyed by future generations.”

“This funding will assist our hard-working volunteers, community groups and youth to continue caring for our local natural environment.”