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Naturally Inspired Grants Round 7, February 2014 Grant Writing Workshop. Workshop overview . History of the naturally inspired grants Preparing a grant application Naturally Inspired Grant Round 7 funding priorities Available resources Preparing a map Where to get help .

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workshop overview

Workshop overview

History of the naturally inspired grants

Preparing a grant application

Naturally Inspired Grant Round 7 funding priorities

Available resources

Preparing a map

Where to get help


Funded by the Australian Government

Developed in 2009 to support community groups involved in or interested in becoming involved in natural resource management initiatives.

Provided over $290,000 in funding over 6 grant rounds

Approximate in-kind return of $4.70 per dollar invested

$3.30 direct in-kind value and $1.40 volunteer labour

Enabled 76 community groups to deliver 91 projects

Aims to improve community skills, knowledge and engagement around environmental themes and issues.

Also focuses on delivering on-ground outcomes aligned with varying grant priorities

preparing an application

Preparing an application

Before starting your application

Getting started

Project objectives


Alignment with funders


Making a map

Identifying values on your site

before starting your application

Before starting your application

What does the project involve? Where is it?

What planning have you already conducted?

What other information do you need to gather before you seek funds?

(people resources, approvals, feasibility, practicality, good practice etc)

What specific activities do you intend to carry out?

Support available:

NRM South project planner

Local experts from NRM South/Local Government/NGO’s- seek advice

Other environmental care groups

Existing site plans/strategic plans for the reserve/site

Develop your plan on paper…


Getting started on your application

Do you have insurance?Contact an organisation that can sponsor your application eg. Local Government/ Landcare Tasmania/ SCAT

Do you have an ABN?Statement of supplier

Are you registered for GST? Indicate clearly in your budget

Have you identified who will be the main contact from your group for this project? Discuss with your group

Have you advised other group members of your intention to seek funding? Discuss your ideas with the group

Do you have permission from the land owner/manager? Contact the land owner/manager to discuss your project


Document your sponsors agreement to sponsor youso if staff change, you still have formal approval in writing/email


Be clear with your project objectives

What do you want to achieve, what are the best practices?

Weed control/vegetation condition improved/WoNS removal

Revegetation for fauna habitat/corridor linkage/improved amenity


Training/awareness raising to support your group activities

Wider community engagement- signage, publications, public events etc

Make a task list of the steps to achieve each of your objectives

Example: Habitat condition improvement for Swift Parrot:

Approval for works/permits – contact land owner for approval of activities/DPIPWE

Weed spraying- secure funds for contractors

Slashing- contact council staff for support

Working bees (extra volunteers may be needed)- schedule events, develop flyers

Follow up spraying-contact council staff for support

Replanting weed area- order plants and borrow planting equipment

Photo: Chris Tzaros


Make sure you have the resources you need

To physically conduct any on ground works

To manage grant funds/administer any paperwork needed

People power - volunteers/council/contractors

Information – will you achieve your goals the best way possible- best weed control techniques, species lists/locally sourced plants

What do you currently have, what do you need to complete your project?

Make a task list of the resources you need: Labour, tools, people, technical i.e:


Does your project align with the funders targets?

Things to check:

Group eligibility - see guidelines

Criteria - threatened species/ target locations etc

Eligible activities - most grant programs have exclusions

Naturally Inspired Grants activities can include:

Direct on ground works

Building community capacity and awareness raising

Engaging with indigenous people or supporting delivery by indigenous people


Does your project align with the funders targets?

Assessment of Naturally Inspired Grants

Projects must be within the NRM South region

Meet priority theme targets

Value for money (in kind vs grant funds ~25% contribution)

Achievability – projects must be completed before 30 April 2015

Feasibility – technical practicality

Community engagement and/or capacity building potential

Ability to demonstrate clear environmental and/or NRM benefits.

Inclusion of a map showing general project location and activities

Commitment to ongoing project maintenance, monitoring & evaluation

Alignment with any relevant local or regional NRM planning tools

See example Sample Application


Terms to understand

Value for money (in kind vs grant funds ~25% contribution)

Volunteer labour - in kind (@$30 per hour)

Staff in kind or other professional assistance - in kind (where you aren’t paying them from $30-$70)

Cash - if you have cash or equipment/Council contributions $$

Other grants received (no double dipping!)

Regional natural resource management (NRM) planning tools

See NRM South\'s list of NRM plans – local and regional on our website (follow quicklinks to the funding page)

Recovery plans for specific species

Local government plans

Reserve plans

Site specific plans

Regional - overarching plans


Previous program targets

Rounds 1, 2 & 3 - aligned with CFOC Milestones 2009-10

Rounds 4, 5 & 6 aligned with CFOC Milestones 2010-13


Naturally Inspired Grant 7 - priorities

Improve habitat condition and address recovery actions for EPBC Act listed species

Improve the habitat condition and address recovery actions for EPBC Act listed communities, including recently listed “Coastal Temperate and Subtropical Saltmarsh”

Reduce threats to Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA)

Improve condition and mitigate threats to Ramsarsites and values and adjacent lands

Improve condition of coastal habitats or urban waterways

EPBC = Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999

Ramsar = internationally listed wetlands inc Interlaken, Moulting, Apsely Marshes and Pitt Water Orielton

Urban Waterways = Derwent River system


EPBC act listed species

Species listed under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999

Southern NRM region:

67 Flora species (including 1 bryophyte)

47 Fauna species (including 3 invertebrates)

Types of activities


Recovery Plans, Listing statements and Conservation Advice

Threatened species link website – activity advice

To find EPBC listed species at your project site – visit the List or the Natural Values Atlas


EPBC act listed communities

Vegetation communities listed under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999

Southern NRM region:

4 vegetation communities: Saltmarsh, Alpine Sphagnum bogs, Lowland grasslands, Callitrisoblonga- E. ovataforest

Types of activities

Habitat improvement i.e. planting, weed control, grazing control

Species specific recovery actions i.e. nest boxes in Forty-spotted pardalote habitat


Recovery Plans and Listing statements

the List or the Natural Values Atlas – TASVEG communities not an exact match


Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA)

Listed under the World Heritage convention – one of only 2 sites world wide fulfilling all criteria for listing

Focus on protecting the values of the TWWHA and

Mitigating threats within a 10 km buffer around the TWWHA

Types of activities

Preventing spread of weed pests and diseases i.e. hygiene training, washdown stations, signage

Weed control

Fire management


TWWHA management plan – currently under review


Ramsar sites

Listed under the Ramsar Convention - containing representative, rare or unique wetlands, or wetlands that are important for conserving biological diversity

4 sites in the southern NRM region of Tasmania

Moulting Lagoon (pictured - Long Point TLC)

Apsley Marshes

Pittwater Orielton Lagoon


Types of activities

Fencing to control stock access within and adjacent to Ramsar sites

Weed control

Revegetating agricultural land with native plants adjacent to saltmarsh to allow migration with sea-level rise


Management Plans

Ecological character descriptions


Coastal habitats or urban waterways

The broadest priority area

Coast – all soft sediments along the Southern coastline

Urban waterways – Derwent River and Estuary

Types of activities

Shorebird protection and education activities

Dune erosion control

Revegetation/vegetation management on coastal or urban waterways

Marine debris clean up

Improved water quality


SCAT – Coastcare hand book


Permits and legislation

Commonwealth and Tasmanian Governments includes legislation to protect threatened species and biodiversity, to manage weeds or marine resources, and to protect cultural or Aboriginal heritage.

Regardless of whose land you are working on, activities must be conducted in accordance with any relevant State and Commonwealth legislation and appropriate permits must be obtained where necessary

Working with threatened species? Check out the DPIPWE permits for ‘taking’ threatened flora and fauna

You need a permit to ‘take’ threatened flora when:

Control weeds near threatened plants

Collect seed from threatened plants

This also applies to fauna – however it is unlikely that activities that would be eligible under the NI grants


Aboriginal heritage assessments

Before your group prepares to undertake any on-ground works in any area on the coast or nearby Ramsar sites you should contact Aboriginal Heritage Tasmania (AHT).

AHT is a division of DPIPWE and is responsible for providing Aboriginal heritage management advice in accordance with Aboriginal heritage legislation.

AHT can advise if there are any recorded Aboriginal Heritage sites on the site, or if there is any potential for heritage to exist there, by undertaking a free desktop assessment.

If a formal on-ground assessment is required, you can include the cost of employing an Aboriginal Heritage Officer in your funding application.


What we want to see in a map

Location (and area or length) of proposed works

As area for weed control

As a point for installation of hygiene infrastructure or interpretive signage

As a line fencing and marine debris clean up

Ideally the map should also contain:

A layout of the site, show north and have a scale, land forms, roads, property boundaries, areas of vegetation

Locations of natural values e.g. threated species and communities

Please contact us if you need help!


Mapping resources, identifying values and recovery actions

The List

The Natural Values Atlas (need to register and login)

Recovery plans, conservation advice and listing statements

Threatened species link


Measure area

Measure distance

Print map as PDF

Select map

Add layers e.g. threatened species, vegetation communities

Export as KML to google earth

Mark areas for activities


Contact us!

Grant enquiries

Ruth Osborne – [email protected] 6221 6161

Ramsar, coastal and urban waterways

Lyndel Wilson – [email protected] 6221 6114

EPBC listed species and communities, TWWHA

Magali Wright – [email protected] 6221 6142

GIS and mapping support

Steve Joyce – [email protected]

Shirley Zheng – [email protected] 6221 6177

NRM South Local Area Facilitators:Tasman/Sorell - Jennifer Milne [email protected] 9221

GlamorganSpring Bay – Rosie Jackson [email protected] 5051

Huon- Tim Ackroyd [email protected] 0324

Hobart-Kingborough - Andrew Winkler [email protected] 259 156

Or contact your local council NRM or Bushcare officer