- Last updated:
- 23 May 2017
As funds are limited and it is anticipated that many worthwhile projects will be submitted, applications seeking a modest amount of funding are more likely to be successful. Applicants can apply for up to $15,000, providing they meet the co-contribution requirements (see Landholder Contribution table below). The proposed funding amount should be discussed with a conservation partnerships officer during the site visit.
Budgets must be detailed and realistic, and include a breakdown of all the items in your application. A detailed, well-researched budget demonstrates that you have planned your project and are committed to achieving the desired outcomes. Include details of materials and services and price per unit, e.g.:
- 250 tubestock @ $1.65 each
- 1 x 10L Glyphosate
- 20 hours contractor @ $...../hr.
For a detailed budget example please refer to the Project Budget Example
For any proposed use of a contractor, where the cost will exceed $1000, a quote must be obtained and an electronic copy provided with the on-line application, or hard copies may be posted to council. Quotes should be detailed and include hourly rates, number of hours labour, methodology, equipment hire, materials, herbicides to be used, and travel costs.
Landholder Contribution Requirements
Priority is given to applicants with a co-contribution. To be eligible for assistance, a landholder will need to contribute to the project. The landholder contribution can be cash, in-kind or a combination of both.
An in-kind contribution is where the landholder contributes their own physical labour, the use of their own machinery, or project materials (e.g. fence posts, herbicide, mulch etc).
- in-kind contributions are valued at $30/hour for the landholder’s labour
- when calculating in-kind contributions for use of your own materials, equipment and/or running costs, you should use reasonable market prices for materials and reasonable market hire rates for machinery
- cash contributions are where the landholder pays for materials and/or labour with their own money.
The following table charts the minimum contribution you are required to make for any project for which you seek a council grant.
|$ Amount Requested from
|Up to $5,000||Priority will be given to projects with at least a matching landholder co-contribution.
Matching co-contribution may be any combination of in-kind or cash
|$5,000 - $10,000||Landholder must at least match funding amount being requested from council and at least 25% of that matching amount must be in the form of cash.|
|$10,000 - $15,000||Landholder must at least match funding amount being requested from council and at least 50% of that matching amount must be in the form of cash.|
Examples of various co-contribution amounts:
- Jeff Weedsgone would like $3,000 council funds for his project. He has a co-contribution of $120 cash and $3,200 in-kind for a total contribution of $3,320.
- Jenny Treegrower would like $6,500 council funds. She has a co-contribution of $1,800 cash (more than the 25% minimum) and $5,000 in-kind for a total contribution of $6800.
- David Clearwater would like $13,000 council funds. He has a co-contribution of $6,500 cash (the 50% minimum) and $8,000 in-kind for a total contribution of $14,500.
To understand budget requirements, refer to the Project Budget Example