A strong voice and strong support for Victorian Landcare
CEP & SCP grant rounds are now open and both require initial expressions of interest to be submitted through your Federal electorate office. Each electorate will have $150,000 available for each program and funding of a minimum of $2,500 and up to $20,000 is available. A maximum of 20 projects will be funded in each electorate.
Timeframes vary in each electorate and may be closing soon, so get in touch with your Federal MP as soon as possible if you are considering an application. If your EoI is selected you will then have until 10 October to complete a full application.
Note: an invitation to submit an application will not guarantee the grant funding, as organisations and projects are required to meet the eligibility criteria as outlined in the Guidelines.
LVI is happy to provide letters of support for financial member groups and networks submitting in these rounds. Please contact the LVI office on 0392075527 or email@example.com after speaking with your Federal MP if support is required.
Communities Environment Program
This program may fund up to 100% of eligible expenditure for your project, but additional cash and/or in-kind contributions to the project are strongly encouraged. Projects must be completed by 31 December 2020.
Types of projects that may be funded:
For further CEP details go to - https://www.environment.gov.au/cep
Application information here - https://www.business.gov.au/assistance/communities-environment-program
Stronger Communities Program
This program will only fund up to 50% of eligible project costs, so you will need to provide matching funding. Projects must be completed within six months of your project start date and no later than 30 June 2020.
For further SCP details go to - https://www.regional.gov.au/regional/programs/stronger-communities.aspx
Application information here - https://www.business.gov.au/assistance/stronger-communities-programme.
Bushfire funds for fence upgrades to exclude wild dogs
The Victorian Government will help bushfire-affected producers bordering National Parks, State Parks and State forests to repair and upgrade boundary fences to better than a standard fence and more able to exclude pests such as wild dogs. Click into news item to find out more.
Not-for-profit law - Upcoming Webinars
Upcoming webinar sessions in Feb & March for community groups include “Data Governance” & “Get #social not #sued – Social Media and the Law”. Click into news item for further details and to book your place now!
Next up in Agriculture Victoria's climate webinar series - 24 February 2020
“Inside the Bureau's new climate guides project”. Presented by Luke Shelley, Bureau of Meteorology. The new regional climate guides aim to help farmers understand and manage their climate risk by providing regionally focused climate and weather summaries that detail historical observations and trends using information available from local Bureau of Meteorology weather stations. Click into news item for speaker details, schedule and links.
Costa and Junior Landcare ask Aussie kids 'What's in Your Backyard? Entries close 20 April!
Popular TV star and Landcare champion Costa Georgiadis is joining forces with Junior Landcare to launch the ‘What’s In Your Backyard?’ campaign to encourage children to be aware and active in their local environment, and promote the new Junior Landcare Learning Centre. Costa wants kids across Australia to grab a camera, and snap photos of the flora and fauna in their backyard. This campaign is a great opportunity for Landcare groups to engage with schools and youth groups in their region who would like to start the year with a campaign that gets them involved in Junior Landcare. Click into news item for further details and to enter.
Is a contractor entitled to superannuation?
Contractors paid mainly for their labour are employees for superannuation guarantee purposes. This is the case even if the contractor quotes an Australian Business Number (ABN). Click into news item to understand more about super entitlements for contractors.