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Remember to complete Bidiversity Fund applications by 31st January 2012

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Applications for the Biodiversity Fund close on Tuesday 31st January 2012 at 5pm.  To ensure that you don’t miss out on funding visit the Australian Government’s Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities website to download an application form.  

The Biodiversity Fund is set to invest  nearly $1,000 million over the next six years to help agriculturists and land mangers enhance biodiversity, increase carbon and build environmental resilience for Australia.  

Q. Who is eligible for funding?

A. Funding will be considered for land managers, individuals and organisations for activities that will help to better manage existing or establish new  carbon stores in Australia’s native habitat.  Activities will help to restore, manage and protect biodiversity on private or public land.  

Q. What are the main areas that the Biodiversity Fund will invest in?
A.
The three main areas of investment are:

  • protecting and enhancing existing native vegetation
  • biodiverse plantings of appropriate regional vegetation species
  • managing threats to biodiversity such as weeds and pests  
Q. What types of projects will be gaining funding?
A.
Projects may be on a large multi-year or small individual scale.  All applications will be considered and each proposal will be judged on its own merits. Funding will be granted accordingly. 

Examples of projects that will receive funding include:

  • establishing new biodiverse plantings of mixed species that will re-connect native ecosystems
  • restoration of native habitats in largely intact landscapes
  • restoration of native wetland and waterway habitats reduction of invasive species
  • enhancement of the condition of native vegetation adjacent to World Heritage Areas and other existing key assets
  • revegetation of the landscape to improve connections between remnant native vegetation    
Q. Is it possible to submit more than one application?
A.
Yes, provided that each application is stand alone and not dependent on any other application being accepted.  

Q. How do I submit my application?
A.
Applications forms should be downloaded from the website and submitted online.  Hard copies will be accepted, but online submissions are preferable.  

Only information requested in the application process will be considered, so don’t submit any additional information. Ensure that you give yourself adequate time to read and understand the forms and submit them in good time.  

Q. What criteria will applications be assessed on?
A.
There are four assessment criteria:
biodiversity fund themes
ongoing management benefits
value for money
capacity  

Q. When will I know if my project has qualified for funding?

A. The aim is to let you know, through the mail, by the end of April 2012.  Successful applicants will be contacted for a second phase interview and funding should be available by July 2012 and in a timely manner.  For larger projects funding may be given in stages.  

Q. Can I also earn carbon credits under the CFI initiative on funded projects?
A.
Yes.  If the project is being considered for both schemes this should be indicated in the application.  Grant recipients retain ownership of any credits earned, so this should be factored into the project budget.  

Visit the government website for further information on the Biodiversity Fund and to ensure that applications are completed on time.

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