NCCMA Community Grants Open Now
Posted on 23 May, 2017 by Asha
Applications for the 2017-18 North Central Community Grants Program are now open. Three types of grants are available:
- Maintenance (up to $500/group or network) and start-up grants (up to $500/group or $1,000/network)
- Project grants of up to $10,000 are available for individuals and Landcare or community based NRM groups, and
- Landcare networks are eligible for grants of up to $15,000.
Online applications are to be submitted before 5pm Friday 23 June 2017 via https://nccma.smartygrants.com.au. Application forms, guidelines and the online survey link are available under the Landcare Grants tab at www.nccma.vic.gov.au . The mandatory ‘Supporting Landcare in North Central Victoria survey’ that you need to fill out in order to apply has been extensively revised.
NCCMA will prioritise projects that improve the natural resource base of agricultural landscapes and encourage projects with a focus on improving soil health, innovative agricultural techniques and practices such as trialling pasture species under variable seasonal conditions, and activities that increase community awareness and engagement such as workshops to up-skilling volunteers and field days. To be successful, groups need to read the guidelines, map their proposed project activities and know their projects really well. Clarity of purpose is vital, as is a clear direction and focus, of both the project and the community.