A strong voice and strong support for Victorian Landcare
The Australian Government is inviting organisations through an open competitive process for the
National Landcare Program: Smart Farms Small Grants Round 3.
The purpose of Smart Farms Small Grants is to support land manager practice change that will deliver more sustainable, productive and profitable food, fibre and forestry business while protecting Australia’s biodiversity; protecting and improving the condition of natural resources; and assisting Australia meet its international obligations.
Grants of between $5,000 & $50,000 (excl GST) for eligible projects of up to 2 year duration are available. Applications close at 11.00pm AEDT on 19 December 2019.
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Please note all Landcare Groups that are operating solely under LVI incorporation will need LVI or another incorporated, GST registered entity, such as a local Landcare Network, to act as the lead organisation and apply on your behalf in this round.
If this applies to your group/network, please notify LVI of your intent to apply ASAP so application details/further instructions can be provided. Landcare Groups requiring LVI assistance will need to finalise their sections of the project application by no later than Monday 16th of December 2019 so LVI has enough time to complete the declarations and submit it on your behalf as the applicant.
Please note - the earlier you notify us of your intention to use LVI as the lead organisation and send the application through the better, so we can ensure it is able to be approved and submitted on time.
To look at becoming incorporated in your own right please visit the Consumer Affairs website - https://www.consumer.vic.gov.au/clubs-and-fundraising/incorporated-associations/become-an-incorporated-association/register-as-an-incorporated-association You need to hold a meeting with 21 says notice and adopt Rules, such as the NFP Simple Rules http://www.nfplaw.org.au/simple-rules the Model Rules (not suitable for networks) or your own Rules based on for instance the LVI Rules https://www.landcarevic.org.au/lvi-rules
If you have any queries regarding incorporation or applying for a grant please call the LVI office on 9207 5527 or email email@example.com and we would be happy to assist.
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Happy International Volunteer Day!
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