Saving our Species Contestable Grants Program

The Saving our Species Contestable Grants Program encourages joint efforts by government, the community and industry to protect and conserve vulnerable plants and animals.

This program is currently closed to applications.

Purpose

These grants seek to help secure threatened landscape-managed species and threatened ecological communities in the wild. Grant recipients are implementing on-ground and monitoring actions consistent with threatened species conservation projects developed by the Saving our Species (SoS) program or, where conservation projects have not been developed, that meet the objectives of the program.

The grant program’s specific objectives are to:

  • maximise the number of threatened landscape-managed species and threatened ecological communities secured in the wild in NSW through strategic investment
  • form long-term partnerships for threatened species conservation
  • support cost-effective investment and responding to effective monitoring, evaluation and reporting.

The SoS Contestable 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 our Species webpage.

Funding available

$9 million was allocated to a single competitive round of grants to support a number of 7.5-year projects. Grants of up to $350,000 per project were offered to cover the first 5 years of 7.5-year projects, with the remaining 2.5 years resourced solely by the applicant.

The funding model assumes that for most conservation projects higher costs occur upfront in the first few years, with fewer resources needed when the project transitions to a maintenance phase.

At least 10% of the project value must be quarantined for monitoring of project activities and outcomes.

Who could apply?

The program was designed to foster partnerships between government, the community, non-government organisations and businesses. Grants were made only to lead organisations with strong demonstrable partnerships.

Grants awarded

In late 2018 a total of 28 projects worth $8,179,937 were awarded under the program. This followed an open call for applications during mid-2018 where a total of 49 applications were received.

The grants will provide direct funding to 23 landscape managed species and 30 threatened ecological communities listed under the SoS program. Approximately 70 other threatened species and 10 threatened ecological communities co-occurring with these entities will also benefit from the program.

Project summaries

Project location map (PDF 579KB)

The program is currently closed to applications. These forms and guidelines are for reference and information only.

2018 program guidelines (PDF 896KB)

2018 application guidelines (PDF 1.0MB)

2018 application form (PDF 791KB)

Application attachments

  1. Project budget form (XLSX 100KB)
  2. Project site summary (DOCX 28KB)
  3. Your site maps. See the Guide to developing maps for NSW Environmental Trust grant applications (PDF 5.6MB) 
  4. Project plan (DOCX 45KB)
  5. Supporting documents (optional)

When developing your application, you may find it useful to refer to this list of landscape-managed species and threatened ecological communities (XLSX 117KB).

The list includes Saving our Species priority management sites and priority areas, and is organised by NSW local government area.

You may also find it useful to look at recordings of information sessions about the program.

If you’ve received a grant, we’ll send forms for planning and reporting directly to you.

Round 2 (2015–16): Landscape-managed species

We received 25 expressions of interest and invited 9 applicants to submit full applications (business plans).

We approved 4 projects totalling $3,717,688. These projects targeted 12 landscape-managed species and benefit other co-occurring threatened species that share habitat.

Supplementary funding (2015): Data-deficient-species

We received 4 applications (from a list of 11 selected research organisations) to conduct research for up to 3 years. We approved 2 projects totalling $204,733. These projects addressed 31 priority research actions for 20 data-deficient species.

Round 1 (2014–15): Site-managed species

We received 36 expressions of interest and invited 13 applicants to submit full applications (business plans). We approved 5 projects totalling $4,196,319. These projects targeted 25 site-managed species and benefit 23 co-occurring threatened species that share habitat.

Project summaries

Location map (PDF 455KB) of Round 1 and Round 2 grants.