These grants were designed to achieve long-term outcomes for threatened species in NSW. The grants program was aligned with the NSW Government's Saving our Species (SoS) program. Partnerships created under the grants program carried out activities and monitoring for SoS conservation projects.
The grants program’s specific objectives were 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.
There were 3 main funding activities:
- Round 2 (2015–16): Landscape-managed species
- Supplementary funding (2015): Data-deficient-species
- Round 1 (2014–15): Site-managed species
Most conservation projects take about 10 years to complete or to reach a point where they need little further input. Most also need about 80% of their resources in the first 6 years. Accordingly:
- all projects funded by this program were to run for at least 10 years
- the Environmental Trust and the applicant funded 80% of the total project cost over the project’s first 6 years
- the applicant funded the remaining 20% of the cost over project’s last 4 years (by cash and/or in-kind contributions).
Who could apply?
The program was designed to foster partnerships between government, the community, non-government organisations and businesses. Grants were made only to consortia.
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 location map (PDF 455KB)