2024 Victorian Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants

Grant:

2024 Victorian Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants

Age Groups:

0-7 | 7-13 | 13-18

Grant amount:

Up to $5,000 each

Number of Projects:

Approximately 100

2024 Victorian Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants

Applications are now open for the 2024 Victorian Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants, funded by the Victorian Government’s Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action, with grants of up to $5,000 (excluding GST) available.

These grants provide young Victorians with an opportunity to participate in biodiversity focused projects under two focus areas. Projects can focus on one of two focus areas or a combination of both. Biodiversity includes the variety of plants, animals, insects, and all living things in our natural environment.

Focus Area 1: Biodiversity focused education activities: educating, involving, and engaging young people in valuing and actively caring for Victoria’s biodiversity and natural environment.

Some examples of projects that fit under this focus area include a biodiversity-focused educational incursion by a scientist, an excursion to an education program at a wildlife sanctuary or students collecting Waterwatch data to monitor water quality of a local creek.

Focus Area 2: Biodiversity focused on-ground projects: engaging young people to improve biodiversity through creating, enhancing, or restoring habitat for Victoria’s native plants and animals.

These types of projects could include planting indigenous vegetation at a school to improve habitat for Victoria’s native animals, removing weeds to address threats to biodiversity, or working with a local Landcare group on a project at a Council managed reserve.

Previous grant recipients have undertaken projects including:

You can also check out these and other case studies from previous Victorian Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants recipients for more project inspiration or have a look at Information Sheet 2 – Project Example and Budget.

The Victorian Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants are open to primary and secondary schools, kindergartens, childcare centres, Scouts, Girl Guides, youth groups, Junior Landcare groups, and youth environmental volunteer groups in Victoria. To be eligible, applicant schools or groups must work with young people, who are preferably under the age of 18 years.

These grants support the delivery of Protecting Victoria’s Environment – Biodiversity 2037– the Victorian Government’s plan to stop the decline of our native plants and animals and improve our natural environment, so that it is healthy, valued and actively cared for.

Cross-border schools with Victorian students are eligible to apply.

Apply today to support the next generation of Landcarers to protect Victoria’s biodiversity.

For information on how to make your application stand out, where to look for support for your project, and tips on how to come up with a great project idea, check out our recorded information session below.

How to apply

  1. Read the guidelines and project example and budget info sheet.
  2. For more detailed information on what we do and don’t fund, check out the guidelines.
  3. Chat to your colleagues, local Landcare or Friends group or Landcare facilitator about your project idea.
  4. Login or register to start your grant application on the Landcare Australia Grants Site.
  5. Complete your application by 3pm, Friday 14 June 2024.

 

Who can apply?

Schools (primary, secondary or special), preschools, kindergartens, childcare centres, Scouts, Girl Guides, youth groups, and Junior Landcare groups in Victoria. Cross-border schools that have Victorian students are eligible to apply.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

What kind of project is eligible for funding?

Focus Area 1 – Biodiversity focused education activities: educating, involving, and engaging young people in valuing and actively caring for Victoria’s biodiversity and natural environment.

Examples of Focus Area 1 activities or projects that can be funded include:

  • a biodiversity focused educational incursion by a scientist/environmental educator or Landcare facilitator working in biodiversity conservation
  • an excursion to undertake an education program at a wildlife sanctuary
  • students collecting Waterwatch data to monitor water quality of a local creek
  • design and installation of interpretive signage for an area of indigenous plants
  • a biodiversity focused art project that involves young people in creating the art.

Focus Area 2 – Biodiversity focused on-ground projects: engaging young people to improve biodiversity through creating, enhancing, or restoring habitat for Victoria’s native plants and animals.

Examples of Focus Area 2 activities or projects that can be funded include:

  • planting indigenous vegetation at a school to create and improve habitat for Victoria’s native animals
  • removing weeds to address threats to biodiversity
  • working with a Landcare group to plant indigenous vegetation at a Council managed reserve.

Projects can be for either Focus Areas 1 or 2, or a mixture of both.

What kind of project is not eligible for funding?

Reference the guidelines for the complete list:

  • Edible gardens including vegetable gardens, herb gardens, compost/worm farms and bush tucker plants.
  • Projects that focus on the development of recreational facilities, school beautification, amenity, capital works or other school buildings and grounds projects
  • General sustainability education, or products, not clearly linked to biodiversity
  • Feeding native animals, creating habitat for exotic animal species or planting projects using species that are not local indigenous species
What other criteria must my project meet to be eligible?

To be eligible, your application:

  • Must include supporting documents, e.g. list of local indigenous plants to be planted, and photos
  • If the project is on-ground, approval from the land holder to undertake the project
  • Schools or groups with project reports still outstanding from previous Junior Landcare grants are ineligible for further funding until all reporting requirements are met
  • To read the full list of the grant’s assessment criteria, click here.
What are the conditions of receiving a grant?

As a condition of receiving the grant you will be required to complete a final report on the SmartyGrants platform.

The final report must include:

  • Information on the project achievements (outcomes and outputs) and any other project highlights and key learnings
  • Photos (high resolution, 1MB or more) during project delivery for both education and on-ground projects, and/or after completion of on-ground projects
  • Reporting is undertaken online. Landcare Australia will send you the link to an easy to complete online form shortly after you have received your grant
  • The deadline for project completion and the final report to be submitted is 31 October 2025

To read the full list of terms and conditions, click here.

Can a Landcare or Friends group submit an application?

No, Landcare, Friends of and community groups are encouraged to support an application from a school or youth group but are not eligible to apply.

Can my school/group submit more than one application?

No, only one application per school/group will be considered per grant round.

Guidelines and Assessment Criteria:

Click here to download a PDF of the Guidelines, including the Assessment Criteria for this grant.

We have also compiled a number of information sheets to support your grant application. Click on the links below:

 

Where can I find more information?

If the information in the Guidelines doesn’t answer your question, email grants@landcareaustralia.com.au or phone Landcare Australia on 1800 151 105.

Ready to apply? Get your application in now.