January 14, 2020

Australian Government Volunteer Grants

Applications for the Australian Government Volunteer Grants are open until 6 April 2020

The objectives of Volunteer Grants are to:

1.  help community organisations to support the efforts of Australia’s volunteers

2.  help community organisations to support the inclusion of vulnerable people through volunteering

3.  encourage, support and increase participation in volunteering.

Please note that you will need to speak to your Local Member of Parliament to be nominated to apply.

For more information see the link below:

Qld Citizen Science Grants round 2

The second round of Queensland Citizen Science Grants are now open for applications.

The Queensland Citizen Science Grants provides funding of up to $30,000 to applicants over a period of up to three years. Applications are sought for projects that actively engage citizen scientists and address one or more of the strategy goals:

•         raise awareness: work together to ensure the Queensland community has an understanding of citizen science and the projects which are relevant to Queensland

•         make it easy for our community to find and participate in projects and for scientists to recruit and train citizen scientists. 

•         grow the community of citizen scientists and scientists working together to make scientific discoveries.

Visit the Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist website or Advance Queensland website for more details. 

Applications close 1:00 pm Monday 9 March 2020.

January 13, 2020

Qld Govt Wildlife Carer Grants

Of the available $250,000, $120,000 will be divided up evenly between the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital, RSPCA Wildlife Hospital and Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital to help cover the costs of caring for animals being brought in for treatment. 

The remaining funding, $130,000, will be provided to individual carers and wildlife care groups.

Eligible individual carers who do this selfless work on behalf of all Queenslanders can apply for a grant of up to $2,000 and eligible care groups can apply for a grant of up to $5,000.

The round will open 29 January 2020 with grants provided in an ongoing basis until all funding is allocated, so interested applicants should apply early when the round opens.

Grant program guidelines and the application form will be published on the Department of Environment and Science’s website on 29 January 2020 at

January 9, 2020

QWaLC 2020 Membership and Insurance Survey

Keep an eye on your emails in the last week of February. We will be distributing the elink for the annual QWaLC Membership and Insurance Survey.

You will contribute to telling the story about the impressive contribution community environmental groups and volunteers make to the life of Queenslanders.

The Inaugural John Sinclair Memorial Lecture Saturday 7th March 2020

November 8, 2019

2019 Qld Landcare Awards Celebrate outstanding champions

Winning Land and Water care projects were announced on Friday at the 2019 Queensland Landcare Awards held at the Cairns Aquarium, where Landcare champions and their supporters from across Queensland came together to celebrate impressive achievements in the Landcare community.

Hosted by Phil Staley from ABC Radio, the awards celebrated incredible efforts to protect and enhance Queensland’s land, water and biodiversity.

Phil Staley and Geoff Elliot open the Awards

The ceremony saw award winners from diverse categories, including farming, Coastcare and Indigenous land management, announced by representatives of award sponsors and Queensland Landcare community champions/stalwarts.

2019 Queensland Landcare Award winners:

  • Australian Government Individual Landcarer Award – Anthony Rossi – Mulgrave Landcare and Catchment Group 
  • Australian Government Partnerships for Landcare Award – City of Gold Coast- Beaches to Bushland Program
  • Australian Government Innovation in Agriculture Land Management Award – Central Queensland Soil Health Systems
  • Indigenous Land Management Award – Cape York Weeds and Feral Animals Incorporated 
  • Australian Government Landcare Farming Award –  V. Rossi and Sons
  • Virgin Coastcare Award – Straw No More – Emily Walker and Molly Steer
  • Australian Community Media Landcare Community Group Award – Hinterland Bush Links (Sunshine Coast)
  • Woolworths Junior Landcare Team Award – McDonnell Creek State School
  • AustCover Young Landcare Leadership Award – Gold Coast Catchment Association – Rosalinde Brinkman
Australian Government Individual Landcarer Award – Anthony Rossi from Mulgrave Landcare and Catchment Group being presented his award by the Hon Warren Entsch

November 1, 2019

National Landcare Program: Smart Farms Small Grants Round 3 (Closed)

The Australian Government is inviting applications for projects to deliver services under the National Landcare Program – Smart Farms Small Grants Round 3.

This round closes on the 19th December 2019

Smart Farms Small Grants is an open, competitive, grant opportunity to support projects to increase farming, forestry and fishing communities’ awareness, knowledge, skills and capacity to adopt best practice sustainable agriculture.

The purpose of Smart Farms Small Grants is to support land manager practice change that will deliver more sustainable, productive and profitable food, fibre and forestry business while protecting Australia’s biodiversity; protecting and improving the condition of natural resources; and assisting Australia meet its international obligations.The purpose will be achieved by supporting projects that contribute to achieving one or both of the program outcomes outlined below:

  • Outcome 1 – Increased adoption of best practice sustainable agriculture
  • Outcome 2 – Increase the capacity of land managers to adopt best practice sustainable agriculture

A total of $43.5 million (GST exclusive) is available for Smart Farms Small Grants across an anticipated six annual rounds (2017–18 to 2022–23).

  • The first round opened for applications in October 2017 from which the then Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources approved 77 projects.
  • The second round opened 13 November 2018 and the then Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources approved 110 projects.
  • This grant opportunity is the third round.

October 31, 2019

Future Drought Fund

Have your say

The Australian Government are building drought resilience through a new $3.9 billion Future Drought Fund(External link). The fund will support drought resilience measures that benefit all Australians.

The Drought Resilience Funding Plan is high-level framework to guide funding decisions for the projects and activities.

Share your feedback

You can now provide feedback on the draft Drought Resilience Funding Plan.

To have your say:

Submit your feedback online by 13 December 2019.

You can also share feedback in person. The Consultative Committee are consulting with stakeholders across Australia. Together, the Consultative Committee has a wealth of experience in agricultural economics, climate risk, rural and regional development and natural resource management.

Find out about dates and locations of meetings.

September 13, 2019

Power of Community

This year the Gambling Community Benefit Fund celebrates its 25th birthday.  To commemorate this milestone, the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation (which administers the Gambling Community Benefit Fund), in partnership with QUT’s Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies, will host the ‘Power of Community’ conference specially designed for small to medium-sized community organisations (organisations with an annual turnover of less than $1 million). 200 attendees will access workshops on governance, marketing, fundraising and volunteer management. They will gain insights, strategies and ideas on how to make their organisations more successful and sustainable, while growing the skills and connections required to better service their communities.

When: Thursday 21 November, 2019
Where: QUT, Gardens Point Campus, Brisbane
Cost: $47Link:

June 6, 2019

2019 State and Territory Landcare Awards: Qld nominations are now closed

Landcare Australia and Queensland Water and Land Carers received a great range of nominations for the 2019 State and Territory Landcare Awards which recognise individuals and groups across the country for their outstanding contributions to preserving the unique Australian landscape. 

We look forward to reading and learning about the great work of the nominees as we judge them over the next week.

In 2019, Landcare celebrates its 30-year national anniversary. And over the last three decades, Landcare has played a leading role in changing Australia’s approach to sustainable agricultural practices, environmental protection, conservation of land and waterways, coastlines and biodiversity. 

The Landcare Awards are an opportunity to recognise and celebrate Landcare champions from rural and urban communities motivated by a shared vision to restore and protect the environment in their local community.

Winners from the 2019 State & Territory Landcare Awards will go forward to the 2020 National Landcare Awards held during the 2020 National Landcare Conference to be held in Sydney. The National Landcare Awards ceremony also includes the Bob Hawke Landcare Award sponsored by the Australian Government.

Nine national award categories are now open for nominations:

  • Australian Government Individual Landcarer Award
  • Australian Government Partnerships for Landcare Award
  • Australian Government Landcare Farming Award
  • Australian Government Innovation in Agriculture Land Management Award
  • Virgin Coastcare Award
  • Australian Community Media Landcare Community Group Award
  • Woolworths Junior Landcare Team Award
  • Indigenous Land Management Award
  • Austcover Young Landcare Leader Award
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