Applications open for Threatened Species Recovery Fund

Member for Forrest Nola Marino is encouraging community organisations that work to protect our native species can now apply for support for their efforts under the Turnbull Government’s Threatened Species Recovery Fund.

The Liberal-led Government has launched the Threatened Species Recovery Fund with the Government’s Threatened Species Commissioner, Gregory Andrews. The fund supports community projects that can help meet the targets and objectives in the Government’s Threatened Species Strategy.

Mrs Marino welcomed the announcement and invited Forrest community organisations to send in their applications.

“The $5 million Threatened Species Recovery Fund, delivered through the National Landcare Programme, will help to bring government and community efforts together in the fight against native species extinction,” Mrs Marino said.

“The Fund will provide seed money and community grants—worth between $20,000 and $250,000 (GST exclusive)—for local projects that strongly align with the targets and objectives of the Threatened Species Strategy.”

Since the appointment of the Threatened Species Commissioner in June 2014, the Government has mobilised more than $211 million for projects that support and protect our threatened species.

During this time, the Government has delivered Australia’s first Threatened Species Strategy which sets out clear and measurable targets to secure the future of 20 priority birds, 20 priority mammals and 30 priority plants by 2020. The Strategy also commits to eradicating feral cats from five islands and establishing 10 mainland wildlife enclosures free of feral cats.

In February this year, the Government launched Australia’s first Threatened Species Prospectus, which invites business, industry and the philanthropic sector to partner with government to invest in over 50 science-based projects that fight extinction. 

The grants under the Threatened Species Recovery Fund will be awarded to eligible groups through a competitive process. Community project proposals for support from the Fund that leverage private sector investment and align with projects in the Prospectus are encouraged. 

More information on the Threatened Species Recovery Fund, including details on how to apply, can be found on the National Landcare Programme website: nrm.gov.au/national/threatened-speces-recovery-fund. Applications close on 15 June 2017.