Small Grants for Nature Refuge Landholders

Small grants may be offered to nature refuge landholders from time to time, to undertake activities that protect and enhance the conservation values of their nature refuge. These may require an in-kind contribution from the landholder, and projects are to be completed in a short timeframe. Program requirements, including eligibility requirements, available funding amounts, timeframes and application requirements will be outlined in program guidelines.

Nature Refuge Landholder Grants
—Round 4 open for applications

Applications are now open for Round 4 of the Nature Refuge Landholder Grant program, closing at 4pm on Thursday 18 February 2021.

Nature Refuge Landholder Grants (NRLG) provide financial assistance to nature refuge landholders. The grants support landholders to undertake projects that will protect and enhance the significant natural values of their nature refuge as outlined in their conservation agreement.

Participation is voluntary and projects must be completed within six months of signing a Grant Deed.

Who is eligible?

Landholders with an in-force conservation agreement may apply, subject to any previous Private Protected Area Program funding for that nature refuge (e.g. previous rounds of NRLG, NatureAssist, Koala Nature Refuge Program grants) being acquitted, or any currently funded activities being on schedule (as per the terms and conditions of the relevant Grant Deed).

It is important that all applicants consider NRLG guidelines (PDF, 514.9KB) to determine if they are eligible to apply.

Image showing reestablishment of native rainforest to improve biodiversity on Garriya Nature Refuge.

Reestablishment of native rainforest to improve biodiversity on Garriya Nature Refuge.

Image showing reestablishment of a vegetation corridor on Granitica Nature Refuge.

Reestablishment of a vegetation corridor on Granitica Nature Refuge.

What projects will be considered?

Projects must demonstrate a clear conservation outcome and enhance the resilience and sustainable management of the nature refuge.

Activities that will be considered for funding include:

  • control of environmental weeds to rehabilitate and/or support the ecological viability of native vegetation (includes biological control methods; class 1 pest plants will be considered)
  • installation of fencing to restrict/exclude stock accessing ecologically significant areas (note that fencing should be constructed using best practice methodology and include a wildlife friendly design)
  • development and implementation of fire and pest animal management programs/plans
  • revegetation of degraded areas and establishment of vegetation corridors
  • other activities deemed by the assessment panel as relevant to the conservation land management of the nature refuge (e.g. fire access tracks, ecological surveys, off-stream stock watering points, erosion control, wildlife monitoring, environmental education/interpretive material).

Activities that will not be funded include those that:

  • do not demonstrate a clear environmental benefit to the nature refuge
  • are not permitted under the conservation agreement for the nature refuge
  • are a condition of a Development Approval, Rehabilitation Order or an offset requirement under a government offset policy
  • are the normal or legal responsibility of the landholder (e.g. maintenance of buildings)
  • are deemed to be landscaping for private or scenic amenity.

Fire Management Planning Grants
—Round open for applications

Applications are now open for a one-off Fire Management Planning Grant round, closing at 4pm on Thursday 18 February 2021.

Fire Management Planning Grants (FMPG) provide financial assistance to nature refuge landholders. This is a one-off grant opportunity to assist landholders to engage a suitably qualified professional to develop a fire management plan to protect and enhance the conservation values of the nature refuge.

Participation is voluntary and projects must be completed within four months of signing a Grant Deed.

Who is eligible?

Landholders with an in-force conservation agreement may apply, subject to any previous Private Protected Area Program funding for that nature refuge (e.g. previous rounds of NRLG, NatureAssist, Koala Nature Refuge Program grants) being acquitted, or any currently funded activities being on schedule (as per the terms and conditions of the relevant Grant Deed).

It is important that all applicants consider the FMPG guidelines (PDF, 259.1KB) to determine if they are eligible to apply.

Image showing ecological burn on Avoid Island Nature Refuge to enhance ecosystem regeneration.

Undertaking ecological burn on Avoid Island Nature Refuge to enhance ecosystem regeneration.

What projects will be considered?

Landholders can apply for funding to engage a suitably qualified professional to develop a fire management plan designed to protect and enhance the nature refuge’s conservation values. (The fire management plan can cover area outside the nature refuge footprint if necessary to ensure the protection and enhancement of the nature refuge’s conservation values).

Activities that will not be funded include those that:

  • Involve on-ground works or implementation of the fire management plan
  • Incorporate fire mitigation/risk management strategies for property infrastructure
  • Cannot demonstrate a clear environmental benefit to the nature refuge
  • Are not permitted under the conservation agreement for the nature refuge
  • Are a condition of a Development Approval, Rehabilitation Order or an offset requirement under a government offset policy.

For more information

For general queries about nature refuge landholder grants, please contact naturerefuge@des.qld.gov.au