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Applications open for Threatened Species Recovery Fund

The Federal Government invites community organisations across Australia to apply for funding under the Federal Government’s Threatened Species Recovery Fund to help fight extinction.

Through the Threatened Species Strategy, the Federal Government is committed to turning around the fortunes of nationally-threatened species like the bilby, numbat, mountain pygmy possum, eastern bettong, cassowary, swift parrot, and Australia’s endangered eucalyptus trees.

The $5 million Threatened Species Recovery Fund, through the National Landcare Programme, makes funds available for projects that can help meet the targets and objectives in the Threatened Species Strategy through strengthened community involvement in the recovery efforts.

The Fund will provide seed money and community grants—worth between $20,000 and $250,000 (GST exclusive)—for local projects that strongly align with the targets and objectives of the Strategy.

The grants will be awarded to eligible groups through a competitive process.

Since the appointment of the Threatened Species Commissioner in June 2014, the Federal Government has mobilised more than $211 million for projects that support and protect our threatened species.

The Federal Government has delivered Australia’s first Threatened Species Strategy, which sets out clear and measurable targets to secure the future of 20 priority birds, 20 priority mammals, and 30 priority plants by 2020.

It also commits to eradicating feral cats from five islands and establishing 10 mainland wildlife enclosures free of feral cats.

In February 2017, Australia’s first Threatened Species Prospectus was launched, which invites business, industry, and the philanthropic sector to partner with government to invest in over 50 science-based projects that fight extinction.

Community project proposals for support from the Fund that leverage private sector investment and align with projects in the Prospectus are encouraged.

More information on the Threatened Species Recovery Fund, including details on how to apply, can be found on the National Landcare Programme website: http://www.nrm.gov.au/national/threatened-species-recovery-fund. Applications close on 15 June 2017.

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