- Name: Biodiversity Incentive Scheme Grants
- Status: Closed
- Opens: Monday 1 May 2023 – 12 pm midday
- Closes: Friday 30 June 2023 – 11 pm
- Frequency: Annually (once per year)
- Amount we provide: up to $2000
- Amount you must provide: varies depending on the project
Download the BIS grant guidelines
|Monday 1 May 2023||Applications open on Smarty Grants|
Friday 30 June 2023
Applications close. There is no access to the online applications after 11.00 pm. An automated acknowledgement email is sent to the applicant as soon as the application is submitted.
Applications are assessed.
Applicants are notified of the outcome of their application
|Friday 31 May 2024||Acquittals due - Mainstream|
|Sunday 30 June 2024||Acquittals due - Revegetation Stream|
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.
Due to past land use practices such as agriculture which impact biodiversity through habitat loss and the breaking apart of habitats, Casey has a fragmented landscape. Linking and connecting habitats is of great importance to avert the detrimental impacts of land fragmentation. Council is committed to linking habitats and creating habitat corridors to increase connectivity across landscapes and this is being achieved on private land through this grant.
Casey has a richly diverse and complex landscape and is fortunate to be home to a significant range of flora and fauna including indigenous species and species of regional, national and international significance. Through this grant Council aim to maintain, protect and expand these areas by providing financial support to private landholders and those who volunteer on public land.
In addition, this grant contributes to a sustainable and healthy natural environment for current and future generations.
This grant is open to private landowners and volunteer public land managers who want to improve native vegetation in Casey.
Grant streams available
Applicants may apply to receive monetary support or a donation of indigenous seedlings through two different streams.
- Main grant stream: monetary support for residents (private land managers) or volunteers (public land managers)
- Revegetation stream: plants provided for public or private land.
This is a competitive grant; all funding is at the discretion of Council.
What we can fund
Please read the BIS grant guidelines for more detail and to see if your project is eligible.
Download the BIS grant guidelines
How to apply
Online application links will be available on this page when the grant opens on Monday 1 May 2023 – 12 pm midday.
Main grant stream
- Apply through our online portal for financial support for your project.
- Council will review all applications. We will then notify all applicants in writing if they are successful or not.
- Works are undertaken.
- Recipients complete the acquittal process to receive funding.
- Apply through our online portal to receive indigenous plants to support your revegetation work.
- Council will review all applications. We will then notify all applicants if they are successful or not.
- Plants will be provided for planting in the following autumn.
- Recipients must plant out the tube stock within the grant year (before 30 June) and provide photographs illustrating works undertaken.
Once work has 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.
Information and support
If you would like more information or need support in applying for this grant, please call Council on 9705 5200 and request to speak to the Sustainability and Environment Team or email [email protected]