The Naturally Inspired Grants program
NRM South’s Naturally Inspired Grants is an ongoing grants program for landowners, community groups and schools to deliver projects which support positive environmental change and sustainable farming initiatives in Southern Tasmania. These include projects that:
- Increase engagement, participation and capacity building in NRM;
- Include on ground works to protect national and state listed species, communities and places; or
- Encourage farmers and fishers to adopt sustainable practices.
If you need any assistance or advice, please get in touch with us as follows:
Landowner or sustainable agriculture projects – Contact Holly Hansen on email@example.com or 0428 259 156
Community group or school projects – Contact Ruth Osborne on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0438 834 553
ROUND 10 (ongoing)
Current grant recipients should complete and return the completion report to NRM South no later than 25th March 2018, including:
- copies of receipts for grant expenditure
- before and after photos wherever possible
- any relevant photos, media, plans developed, monitoring information etc
- a digital map of the project area or activities (use google earth or list map to produce kml or shape files and email to us)
For more information on Round 10 grant recipients, refer to our media release.
History of the NIG program
NRM South have been offering this funding stream annually since 2009. Now in its tenth round, the Naturally Inspired Grants for community have supported 95 different community groups and schools with more than $450,000 in funding for a diverse range of activities; including native plant revegetation, rehabilitating sensitive habitat, weed management, controlling invasive species, developing awareness raising tools, running engagement events, and many more. Naturally Inspired Grants for farmers and fishers has supported 34 landowners with $157,000 since 2014, encouraging the adoption of innovative sustainable land use practices.
Every year, Naturally Inspired grants are rolled out via the following stages:
- Announcements of the grants rounds via web and social media, and promoted through targeted networks to key audiences
- Open for a limited time with a deadline for all applications.
- The grants are supported by a Grants Writing Workshop, to assist applicants in preparing their submissions
- Each Naturally Inspired stream has its own eligibility and criteria
- Grant submissions are assessed by an internal technical assessment and external assessment panel of NRM professionals with experience relevant to the funding stream
- Based on the assessment, grant applications that rank highly against specific criteria, can demonstrate public benefit, have a well-planned delivery and approach, and demonstrate value for money will be shortlisted
- Grants applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application
- Successful applications will be contracted using NRM South’s Funding Agreement on completion/acceptance of additional information, to receive funding
- An NRM South staff member will be nominated for each Grant Stream, to provide support and information.
- Successful grant projects will be promoted publicly via the web page, E-bulletins Facebook and media opportunities
Support for the Naturally Inspired Grants is provided through Australian Government funding via the Regional Landcare Facilitator and National Landcare Programme.
Summary of previous funding rounds
ROUND 9 (2016)
Round 9 of the NI Grants Round was divided into 2 streams; the Community Group Stream (community groups and schools) and the Landowner/Sustainable Agriculture Stream (individual landholders and primary industry groups). This round is being supported with access to Green Army teams, to support action on the ground, and provide hands on experience for young team members. For a full list of successful 2016 projects, please refer to our media release.
Round 9 Resources
ROUND 8 (2015)
Round 8 of the NI Grants opened in February and closed March 2015 for projects to be delivered over 2015-2016. In all, there were 32 successful recipients in this round, including 12 community groups and 20 landholders sharing in just over $154,000 or between $2000-$5000 in funding each. Funded by the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme, this round amalgamated the previous On Farm Action grants or Public Benefit grants into the Naturally Inspired Grants program.
Projects included either: Direct on-ground works; community capacity and awareness raising; engagement with or delivery by indigenous people. Read the release here.
Round 8 Resources
ROUND 7 (2014)
In May 2014, NRM South announced 16 successful projects allocated to 15 groups with $72,500 in funding going towards projects located across Kingborough, Huon, Clarence, Tasman, Sorell, Hobart and Derwent Valley regions.The successful projects addressed a range of challenges such as marine waste management, coastal and wetland restoration, environmental education, shorebird protection and monitoring, weed control, vegetation and habitat protection. Read the release here