Flying-Foxes Grants Program

This $1 million program is funded through the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) and is administered by LGNSW to address identified flying-fox management issues facing NSW councils. A combination of competitive and non-competitive funding is available.

Objective

The Flying-Foxes Grants Program has been established to help councils manage flying-fox camps in their areas, consistent with the Flying-Fox Camp Management Policy 2015.

How much is available?

A total of $1 million in funding has been made available to NSW councils under the Flying-Foxes Grants Program.
 
Funding is available under three streams:
 
Stream 1 – Implementing emergency flying-fox camp management measures where there are significant community impacts.
 
  • Funding available: $0.5 million
  • Maximum grant size: $50,000
  • Applications can be made from 16 June 2016 until 30 April 2017 and will receive funding if they are for eligible activities and meet the assessment criteria (subject to funding availability).
 
Stream 2 – Preparing flying-fox camp management plans.
 
  • Funding available: $0.2 million
  • Maximum grant size: $15,000
  • Applications can be made from 16 June 2016 until 30 April 2017 and will receive funding if they are for eligible activities and meet the assessment criteria (subject to funding availability).
 
Stream 3 – Implementing approved actions in flying-fox camp management plans.
 
Round 2 is now open.
 
  • Maximum grant size: $50,000 
  • Applications for this competitive grant round close on 17 February 2017.

Who can apply?

Grants are open to NSW local government organisations including local councils, county councils and Regional Organisations of Councils (ROCs). Collaboration with NSW agencies, Aboriginal Land Councils, businesses, research and community organisations is encouraged however each grant application must be lodged by a local government organisation that will be responsible for administering the grant.
 
Where multiple flying-fox camps are involved, or where a camp occurs across multiple tenures, collaboration with one or more councils, regional organisations, private sector or government agencies and other organisations is encouraged.
 
Councils will be required to commit matching funds or in-kind contributions for any proposal on a 1:1 basis ($1 local council: $1 grant funding). Matching funds can include cash and in-kind contributions.
 
For streams 1 and 2, councils with the capacity to do so are encouraged to contribute more than 1:1.
 
For stream 3, priority will be given (unless exceptional circumstances can be demonstrated) to applications with a higher council: grant funding ratio.
 
Amounts are capped for each grant under a stream so that support can be provided to as many councils as possible. Regional Organisations of Councils can apply for up to $150,000 across all streams if the grant is for more than one local council area.

How do I apply?

Refer to the Guidelines for Applicants (PDF, 190KB) and submit an application via the online portal.

Please use the portal for all new applications. However if you are well-advanced in preparing your application using the existing forms, you can still forward your application to ffgp@lgnsw.org.au, or you can cut and paste from the word document into the portal.

Timeframes

Funding is available from 16 June 2016.
 
Applications under Streams 1 and 2 can be made up until 30 April 2017.
 
Applications under Round 2 of Stream 3 close on 17 February 2017.
 
Projects are to be completed by 30 June 2017, with final project reports required by 30 September 2017. 

Questions?

Please contact Susy Cenedese or Rod Hardwick - see contact box for details.