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Improving our environment

Important information

  • Name: Biodiversity Incentive Scheme Grants
  • Status: Open
  • Frequency: Annually (once per year)
  • Amount we provide: up to $2000
  • Amount you must provide: varies depending on the project

Important dates

Aug-Sept

Applications open. 

Sept-Oct

Applications close and assessments begin.

Oct

Applicants are notified of the outcome of their application.

Purpose of this grant

Do you have plans to improve biodiversity on your property? The City of Casey’s Biodiversity Incentive Scheme supports conservation projects within the community.

This grant is open to private landowners and volunteer public land managers who want to improve native vegetation in Casey. Check out the details below to see if your project is eligible. Applicants can choose between receiving monetary support or a donation of indigenous seedlings.

Grant streams available

  • Main grant stream: resident (private land manager) or volunteers  (public land managers)
  • Revegetation stream: plants provided for public or private land

This is a competitive grant and all funding is at the discretion of Council.

If you need support in applying for this grant please call Council request to speak to the Sustainability and Environment Team.

How to apply

Main grant stream

  1. Apply through our online portal for financial support for your project
  2. Council will review all applications. We will then notify all applicants if they are successful or not.
  3. Works are undertaken.
  4. Grant receivers must apply for acquittal to receive funding.

Apply for main grant

Revegetation stream (new in 2020/21)

  1. Apply through our online portal to receive indigenous plants to support your revegetation work
  2. Council will review all applications. We will then notify all applicants if they are successful or not.
  3. Plants will be provided for planting season 2021
  4. Successful recipients must plant out the tube stock within the 2021 planting season and provide photographs illustrating works undertaken.

Apply for revegetation grant

Acquittal process

Once works have been completed on the project, you must then apply for acquittal. In the acquittal, you will need to provide receipts and photographs of the work undertaken. Once approved and we have all the information, we will reimburse you by electronic bank transfer.

What we can fund

Plants for revegetation

Council understands the widespread benefits of increasing canopy cover and native vegetation across Casey. To support this approach, 10,000 indigenous plants will be available, with a streamlined application and acquittal process.   

Conditions

  • Council will coordinate the supply of plants.
  • All planting must be done following best practice.
  • The applicant is responsible for site preparation, planting and ongoing maintenance.
  • All plants must be indigenous to the property and sourced from local seed.
  • Plantings must happen in areas that have little to no native vegetation, or little biodiversity. Enhancement (infill) planting can be considered under a standard Biodiversity Incentive Scheme grant.
  • Council will consider staged planting projects over several years.
  • Council can supply up to three plants per square meter unless otherwise negotiated.
  • Council will consider applications that involve multiple adjoining properties.
  • Projects with a minimum of 100 plants will be considered.

Fencing remnant vegetation

Fencing is a valuable land management tool for protecting remnant vegetation of any scale. This subsidy will be provided on a per metre basis and the total funding will depend on the fencing material required.

Conditions

  • All material must be new.
  • The landowner must maintain the fence.
  • The landowner and the Council will work together to determine the location of the fence.
  • The fence must be stock-proof.
  • Areas fenced to protect remnant vegetation and environmentally sensitive areas must remain stock-free.
  • Boundary fencing is not supported and remains the landowner's responsibility
  • All assistance and payments are at the discretion of Council.
  • Applications for fencing will require a quote,

Fencing rebates

A standard post and wire fence is based on one post every 5-10 metres. These can be substituted with barbed wire if desired. Landowners are responsible for extra costs from barbed wire fencing.

We do not restrict the length of a fence, but we do consider the size of the remnant patch being protected when we shortlist applications. 

Weed control

Funding is available to control noxious and environmental weeds on private property. 

Conditions

  • Follow up weed control must be completed over the following years
  • Residents must be able to show they are already meeting their statutory requirements
  • Council will fund up to half the cost of a suitably qualified contractor

Conservation Management Plan Actions

Funding will be considered for any action from a Council-approved Conservation Management Plan and in some cases the development of a Conservation Management Plan by a suitably qualified ecologist.

Conditions

  • All works must be undertaken by a suitably qualified contractor or in-kind by the landholder.
  • Equipment and materials can be applied to undertake the work.
  • All works must follow best practice.
  • Permit conditions or any actions linked to a permit condition will not be funded.
  • All conservation work not listed on this page must be part of an approved conservation management plan if funding is to be provided.

Pest animal control

Landowners and Council fund the control of pest animals together. In some cases, neighbours on surrounding properties will also need to participate.

Examples of pest animals include:

  • the red fox
  • European rabbit
  • feral cats

These animals have a significant impact on the natural environment.

Conditions

  • All works must follow best practice.
  • Where appropriate, a landscape approach should be initiated. Projects that involve many neighbouring landholders will be highly regarded.
  • Pest animal control works are to protect remnant vegetation and areas of high environmental significance.
  • Council will fund up to half the cost of a suitably qualified contractor.
  • Funding assistance is at the discretion of Council.

Technical support

The City of Casey’s Environment Department can provide technical support to residents regarding this program. This includes reference material and appropriate referral to other relevant organisations.

What we cannot fund

Council will not fund:

  • applications linked to planning permit conditions
  • activities required as part of planning enforcement
  • boundary fencing

How we decide on successful grants

We will give preference to applications that:

  • protect large patches of remnant vegetation
  • revegetation, with preference to use of indigenous native plants
  • are well planned, including a maintenance program
  • training
  • natural environment management planning
  • demonstrate a level of in-kind contribution.

If your application is successful

Successful applicants will be notified in writing. Once you are notified you may begin the work.

It is your responsibility to ensure that the works completed are following the conditions stated above. It is the landholder's responsibility to pay for the approved work, Council will reimburse you once your grant is acquitted.

Tell us how your grant was used

Once you have completed the work it is time to acquit your grant. The deadline for this is 1 June 2021.  You must supply all the relevant documents for the acquittal process. If acquittal is approved, Council will reimburse funds.