Environmental Restoration and Rehabilitation Grants
2012 call for applications
Applications to the Restoration and Rehabilitation program opened on 21 July 2012 and closed on 31 August 2012.
In order to assist potential applicants the Trust has made some changes and improvements:
workshops were offered this year, six in total across NSW as well as a webinar for people unable to get to a face to face workshop. Additional technical expertise was available at these workshops to assist potential applicants with their project ideas
program guidelines were re-designed to give a better flow of information
- the questions in the application form were better aligned with the assessment criteria
the Trust has also reduced the amount of public liability required for organisations receiving grants, from $20,000,000 to $10,000,000
The Trust will be offering additional assistance to successful applicants in developing their required Monitoring and Evaluation Plan, through a series of webinars and one-on-one sessions, where necessary
Aim of the program
The aim of the Restoration and Rehabilitation (R&R) program is to facilitate projects to prevent or reduce pollution, the waste stream or environmental degradation of any kind, run by community organisations and State and Local government organisations. Through these projects, we also aim to improve the capacity of communities and organisations to protect, restore and enhance the environment.
The objectives of the Environmental Restoration and Rehabilitation program are:
- to restore degraded environmental resources, including rare and endangered ecosystems
- to protect important ecosystems and habitats of rare and endangered flora and fauna
- to prevent or minimise future environmental damage
- to enhance the quality of specific environmental resources
- to improve the capacity of eligible organisations to protect, restore and enhance the environment
- to undertake resource recovery and waste avoidance projects and to prevent and/or reduce pollution.
Call for applications each year
The Trust has changed the cycle of funding for the Restoration and Rehabilitation program which will allow projects to run by financial year i.e. commencing on 1 July each year and continuing for up to a maximum of three years. It is anticipated that organisations will be advised of the outcome of their applications around April each year. This should assist all organisations, but particularly state and local government organisations to better commit and manage their budgets as first payments will be received early in the financial year, on the signing of a grant agreement as is the current requirement.
Guidelines and application forms 2012
Note: the following documentation is for information only and will be updated at the next call for applications, which is not expected to occur until 2013.
Further information sources
The information on this page may be helpful in preparing a Restoration and Rehabilitation program application.
Help on downloading and completing application forms
Grants awarded in previous years
For information on previous grants awarded please select the relevant program from the side navigation menu.
A range of case studies from previously conducted Restoration and Rehabilitation projects are available on the Case Studies page. These projects all have their unique way of assisting to conserve and enhance the New South Wales environment.
Getting Started in Bush Regeneration - video
This video should assist you with your bush regeneration project. It was funded by the NSW Environmental Trust and produced by Environmental Training and Employment (ENVITE) on the NSW North Coast.
The video has three components:
- Site assessment and goal setting
- Weed Control Techniques
- Natural Regeneration and Planting
This video clearly explains how a community group might set up a site, what needs to be considered and how to monitor the site by setting up photo points to determine whether the project objectives are being achieved. It also demonstrates a range of weeding techniques.
The Environmental Trust is offering copies of this to assist groups wishing to undertake restoration and rehabilitation projects. To receive a copy fill out and fax in the order form.
Further information for bush regeneration projects
Non vegetation projects
Whilst the majority of applications to the Restoration and Rehabilitation Program are for vegetation or other biodiversity projects, the Trust encourages applications from agencies, councils and the community for other types of projects that also meet the objectives of the Program.
These could include projects that address water, air, soil, waste issues, or behavioural/social projects that prevent environmental damage. The Trust staff are available to discuss ideas for potential projects.
Waste related projects
Applicants are encouraged to submit projects in the field of waste and resource management. Projects may include innovative solutions to remove resources from the waste stream, mitigate the impacts of waste on the environment or develop creative ways to reuse or/and recycle materials
Applicants should note that for local government particularly, the cleanup/rehabilitation of former authorised tip sites would not be eligible for funding. However the cleanup/rehabilitation of illegal dump sites may be eligible providing there is no person/s or organisation legally responsible for the clean up. Preference will be given to projects that go beyond the simple clean up by providing a broader environmental or community outcome/benefit.
For further information on Environmental Trust grants, please contact the Environmental Trust on (02) 8837 6093.
PO Box 644, PARRAMATTA 2124
Phone: (02) 8837 6093
Page last updated: 31 October 2012