Saving Our Species Partnership Grants Program

The Saving our Species (SoS) Partnership Grants program is a contestable grants program seeking to achieve long-term outcomes for threatened species in NSW. This program covers three principal funding activities including:

  1. Round 1:  Site Managed Species (2014-15)
  2. Data-deficient Species Research (2015)
  3. Round 2: Landscape Managed Species (2015-16)

Funded by the NSW Environmental Trust, the program will encourage partnerships between government, the community, non-government organisations and industry to protect and conserve our most vulnerable plants and animals.

Objectives

The objectives of the SoS Partnership Grants program are to:

  • contribute to increasing the number of threatened species, populations and communities secured in the wild in NSW through strategic co-investment
  • encourage the alignment of efforts to manage threatened species and communities across NSW
  • make decisions about the management of threatened species and communities based on best available evidence and evaluation of outcomes.

The SoS Partnership Grants program aligns with the NSW Government’s SoS Program and framework which was launched in December 2013. For more information please visit the Saving NSW threatened species webpage.

Who are the programs aimed at?

Round 1 site-managed species funding is for sites where they co-occur with landscape-managed species. As Round 2 projects prioritise landscape-managed species, the inclusion of management actions for a site-managed species should firstly, complement; and secondly, not have a negative impact upon the target landscape species project. Information on landscape-managed species may be found on the Landscape-managed species webpage.

2015 data-deficient reseach grants will provide funding to address threatened data-deficient species, threatened ecological communities and populations, and/or re-introduction projects for presumed-extinct species.

Grants awarded

Data-deficient species research

Four applications were received from a list of 11 selected research organisations to conduct research for up to 3 years to deliver multiple research actions for specific projects targeting Data-deficient management stream species. The Trust approved two projects totalling $204,733 that address 31 priority research actions for 20 data-deficient species. A list of successful projects and project summaries is available on the 2015 data-deficient species research page.

Round 1

A total of 36 EOIs were received in Round 1 of the program, with 13 invited to submit full applications (business plans). The Trust approved five projects totalling $4,196,319 that target 25 site-managed species and also benefit a further 23 co-occurring threatened species that share habitat. A list of successful projects and project summaries is available on the Round 1 SoS Partnership Grants page.

Program priorities

Program priorities for the Round 2 SoS Partnership Grants program are landscape-managed species. Expressions of Interest for projects including site-managed species will only be considered if they form part of a broader project focussed upon one or more landscape-managed species. Priority will be given to:

  • projects that maximised co-investment and cost effectiveness
  • projects that can demonstrated ongoing commitment beyond the 10-year project period
  • projects that delivered outcomes for multiple threatened species

Who can apply?

This program is specifically designed to encourage relevant and interested stakeholders to join forces to help protect and conserve threatened species. It will do this by funding partnerships between government, the community, non-government organisations and corporations. All applications must be a partnership between multiple stakeholders operating as a coordinated consortium.

Co-contributions

All projects must be for a minimum of 10 years. For the first six years of all projects the Environmental Trust and the applicant must jointly fund up to 80 per cent of the total project cost, with the remaining 20 per cent being committed solely by the applicant over the remaining four years (via cash and/or in-kind contributions). This recognises that in most ecological restoration projects, the point of completion (or minimal continued intervention) is usually around 10 years, with approximately 80 per cent of resources needed within the first six years.

How much is available for Round 2?

A total of $3.6 million is available for Round 2. Individual grants of between $300,000 and $1,000,000 over six years are available. This includes seed funding of up to $15,000 for successful EOI applicants to develop a detailed business plan for their project.

What will be funded?

The SoS Partnership Grants program will fund on-ground actions and monitoring actions consistent with threatened species conservation projects developed by the SoS Program. For landscape-managed species, specific conservation activities have been defined as a concise list of critical management actions, each with an associated scale for implementation (i.e. site, area and state) in an action toolbox. Each toolbox is available on the SoS website. A given toolbox will list and define a number of specific, practical and meaningful actions (e.g. fencing habitat, habitat restoration, etc.) for controlling critical threats and securing populations on the ground.

Critical management actions listed in each toolbox do not necessarily apply at all sites for a given species. For EOIs in Round 2, projects that include one or more landscape-managed species may select the most appropriate actions for implementation at their chosen sites from the list of critical management actions contained within the species toolbox.

Due to the wide distribution, high mobility and dispersed nature of landscape species, no comprehensive list of sites/locations has been defined for each species across NSW.  Applicants may nominate important sites for landscape-managed species identified in the SoS database.

Further information on species toolboxes may be found on the SoS database

Guidelines and application forms

Forms and guidelines will be available when the program re-opens to application.

Further information

For further information, please contact the Environmental Trust.

Phone: (02) 8837 6093
Email:   info@environmentaltrust.nsw.gov.au

 

Page last updated: 05 February 2016