2021 Landcare Grants open until 5pm, Monday 21 June
The Victorian Government is providing funding to support Landcare and environmental volunteering groups and networks for on-ground works, education, and capacity building projects that protect, enhance, and restore our land and natural environment.
A total of $2.55 million is available for project and support grants across Victoria.
What is Landcare?
North central Victoria is home to many enthusiastic, capable and active community groups and individuals who are working to protect the region's natural environment.
The Landcare movement started in north central Victoria in 1986, when a group of local farmers from Winjallok formed the first Landcare group in Australia. North central Victoria is now home to more than 160 Landcare and community natural resource management (NRM) groups, comprising of more than 4,000 volunteers.
Landcare networks comprising of several Landcare groups and conservation management networks are also well established in north central Victoria.
Groups undertake a variety of on-ground activities on both private and public land, including revegetation, fencing waterways, rabbit control, weed control, erosion control, installation of nest boxes and remnant vegetation protection.
Groups also undertake a variety of other activities such as newsletters, bus tours, flora and fauna field days, working bees, community weed and pest animal days, preparing actions plans and training days.
Read the latest Landcare Report Card for our region
2019-20 Landcare Grant reporting due 31 May 2021
For Landcare Groups funded through the 2019-20 Victorian Landcare Grants program - North Central, acquittal reporting is due on 31 May, 2021 via SmartyGrants.
Step-by-Step mapping guidance is provided here: Landcare Grants Mapping guidance
The Regional Landcare Support Plan provides a framework for Landcare groups across the North Central CMA region for the next five years.
Consistent with the 2012 Victorian Landcare Program Strategic Plan - Supporting Landcare, it outlines the five functions of Landcare that the North Central CMA will support including; Operate, Engage, Collaborate, Do and Tell. To ensure the North Central CMA continues to support Landcare effectively, specific 'support actions' have been developed that align to the five functions of Landcare.
The ability to achieve and deliver these actions will be subject to the availability of funding and resources. As such, the plan is designed to be flexible and allow the North Central CMA to respond to the changing circumstances and needs of the regional Landcare community.
North Central Chat
The North Central Chat newsletter will to keep you up-to-date with all the latest Landcare and Waterwatch news from across the north central Victoria region.
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