Funds available for projects to protect threatened species

Community organisations across the North that work to protect native species can now apply for financial assistance under the Turnbull Government’s Threatened Species Recovery Fund.

Northern based Government Senator Ian Macdonald said the Threatened Species Recovery Fund supports community projects that can help meet the targets and objectives in the Government’s Threatened Species Strategy.

“The $5 million Threatened Species Recovery Fund, delivered through the National Landcare Programme, will help to bring government and community efforts together in the fight against native species extinction,” Senator Macdonald said.

Senator Macdonald encouraged local groups to send in an application to the fund, which will provide see money and community grants worth between $20,000 and $250,000 (GST exclusive) for local projects that strongly align with the targets and objectives of the Threatened Species Strategy.

Minister for the Environment Josh Frydenberg said the Government is committed to turning around the fortunes of nationally-threatened species like the bilby, numbat, mountain pygmy possum, eastern bettong, cassowary, swift parrot and Australia’s endangered eucalyptus trees.

Since the appointment of the Threatened Species Commissioner in June 2014, the Government has mobilised more than $211 million for projects that support and protect our threatened species. 

During this time, the Government has delivered Australia’s first Threatened Species Strategy which sets out clear and measurable targets to secure the future of 20 priority birds, 20 priority mammals and 30 priority plants by 2020. The Strategy also commits to eradicating feral cats from five islands and establishing 10 mainland wildlife enclosures free of feral cats.

In February, Australia’s first Threatened Species Prospectus was launched, which invites business, industry and the philanthropic sector to partner with government to invest in over 50 science-based projects that fight extinction. 

The grants under the Threatened Species Recovery Fund will be awarded to eligible groups through a competitive process. Community project proposals for support from the Fund that leverage private sector investment and align with projects in the Prospectus are encouraged. 

More information on the Threatened Species Recovery Fund, including details on how to apply, can be found on the National Landcare Programme website: Applications close on 15 June 2017.  

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