Grants Database

  • Program Area: Sustainable - Environment
  • Amount: $1,218,000
  • Project State: NSW
  • Year Granted: 2022
  • Grantee: University of New South Wales

Tracking ecosystems and adapting management to change

This grant supports the development of a pilot program to equip Australia for improved and accountable ecosystem management and restoration through the development of effective tracking of biodiversity outcomes. The University will partner with public, private and Indigenous management organisations across terrestrial and freshwater environments to undertake research on 4-6 large-scale ecosystems. Research findings will enable the development of multiple proofs-of-concept for a new ecosystem management approach.

This project will lay the foundations for a global approach to improved outcomes for conservation, applicable to the world’s ecosystems.

  • Program Area: Sustainable - Environment
  • Amount: $598,000
  • Project State: NSW
  • Year Granted: 2022
  • Grantee: The Trustee for Sydney Institute of Marine Science Foundation

The Botany Bay Project: integrating management with ecosystem ecology to ensure a sustainable future

Kamay (Botany Bay) is an ecologically diverse, culturally/economically important and highly industrialised region. Management and restoration efforts to identify and address risks and threats are occurring but are fragmented due to its multi-jurisdictional setting, and lack a holistic understanding of the ecology of the Bay.

This project draws on traditional knowledge and current management and leverages ongoing research projects to develop an integrated, adaptive ecosystem model describing connectivity and energy flows within the bay. This model will then be used to support current cross-jurisdictional management and restoration efforts to underpin a resilient Botany Bay into the future.

  • Program Area: Sustainable - Environment
  • Amount: $100,000
  • Project State: TAS
  • Year Granted: 2022
  • Grantee: Tasmanian Land Conservancy Inc

Integrating citizen science and private land conservation to conserve Tasmania

Approaches to land conservation have shifted from government funding to private land conservation mechanisms. In Australia, these landholders contribute an increasing proportion of reserves and represent substantial community engagement in conservation. One model is Land for Wildlife (LfW), a very successful nonbinding voluntary scheme to recognize private landowners who manage their property for nature conservation. Since late 2019 LfW has been managed by the Tasmanian Land Conservancy (TLC) with a vision to grow and revitalise the program.

In 2017, TLC developed a pilot citizen science program called WildTracker (WT), where landholders use wildlife cameras and fixed photo-points to collect data. This grant supports the WT and LfW, via two coordinator positions, to increase the area of private land conservation and community involvement in land management, and link this to a citizen science program. This will increase engagement, knowledge and environmental management, and this model will be directly applicable to other community conservation programs across Australia.

Powering up the World Heritage Daintree Rainforest

This grant supports staff salaries for positions integral to the success of the New Daintree Native Nursery allowing it to grow more than 10 x as many seedlings as at present, producing one million trees rainforest within 10 years to restore and preserve at greater rates than ever before. The New Nursery Manager, staff and an army of volunteers are essential to achieve all of this.

  • Program Area: Sustainable - Environment
  • Amount: $427,000
  • Project State: VIC
  • Year Granted: 2022
  • Grantee: Port Phillip Ecocentre Inc.

Shaping best practice under Victoria

To coincide with impending changes to Victoria’s environmental laws, this grant supports the EcoCentre to create an Impact Broker role and a ‘Transform’ staff team to cultivate new strategic community-institution partnerships, share knowledge and build citizen science capacity to meet the decade’s water, biodiversity, waste and emissions imperatives.

The project will also prove a model and business case for fee-for-service investment in NGO expertise. With qualified scientists, educators and a network of 300+ partners, the EcoCentre has a trusted track-record for clear, evidence-based and uniquely interdisciplinary insights to councils, steering and technical groups.

  • Program Area: Sustainable - Environment
  • Amount: $500,000
  • Project State: National
  • Year Granted: 2022
  • Grantee: Monash University: Monash Sustainability Institute/Climateworks

Capacity Building - Land Use Futures Program

This single year major grant supports ClimateWorks Australia in its efforts to empower it to deliver change. The core funding will allow ClimateWorks to translate research into an action-oriented agenda for its Land Use Futures work with increased, complementary capabilities supporting its existing foundational work.

The Land Use Futures project and Natural Capital Investment Initiative will together bring land, food and biodiversity onto the net-zero agenda. With this extra support, ClimateWorks can focus on building an action agenda, scaling up communications for a broader audience, and improving network outreach to draw out implications of its work for decision-makers.

  • Program Area: Sustainable - Environment
  • Amount: $330,000
  • Project State: QLD
  • Year Granted: 2022
  • Grantee: Griffith University

Development of sustainable biofertilisers applications to combat eutrophication

This grant supports the development of sustainable bio-fertiliser applications to reduce the environmental footprint of agriculture. These applications will boost the efficiency of nutrient delivery whilst minimising energy and water needs for production.

This is a collaborative project with Griffith University and the University of Queensland bringing together the research strengths of the two institutions into one shared project with a single goal of developing a strong evidence base for the use of biofertilisers over their synthetic counterparts.

  • Program Area: Sustainable - Environment
  • Amount: $246,000
  • Project State: TAS
  • Year Granted: 2022
  • Grantee: Derwent Estuary Program Limited

Using revolutionary real-time analyser technology to inform best practice environmental river management in Tasmania

This project aims to use novel in-situ real-time analyser technology, developed by the University of Tasmania in partnership with industry, to revolutionise water quality monitoring in Tasmania. The project will trial robust, autonomous and low-cost units that provide water quality data in real-time.

This grant supports a salary for two days per week, helps procure six units, and install and maintain them over the three-year demonstration trial.

  • Program Area: Sustainable - Environment
  • Amount: $495,000
  • Project State: VIC
  • Year Granted: 2022
  • Grantee: Central Victorian Biolinks Alliance Inc.

Local to Landscape: Building a new model for transformative landscape-level ecological restoration

This grant support Biolinks to build its capacity over the next 3 years for its next phase in our growth and development. Specifically, funding will support the creation of key roles to provide ecological expertise to landholders, deliver innovative pilot landscape-restoration projects and broadly share new approaches to landscape restoration across regions and landscapes through the Alliance’s knowledge and networking program.

  • Program Area: Sustainable - Environment
  • Amount: $330,000
  • Project State: NSW
  • Year Granted: 2022
  • Grantee: Albury Conservation Co Ltd

Applying science to on-ground action for conservation of threatened wildlife around Albury-Wodonga.

This grant supports Albury Conservation Company (ACC) to apply the baseline monitoring data it has been collecting since 2018 to on-ground actions, to help maintain viable populations of threatened species in Albury Wodonga - the 20th largest city in Australia.

The project represents Stage 2 of its long-term, landscape-scale initiative that will partner with Albury and Wodonga Councils, key stakeholders and the community to conserve local threatened species at risk in the main urban growth areas of Albury-Wodonga.

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