Are you an Aboriginal organisation and/or Landcare NSW Member group in NSW?
The NSW Landcare Program invites applications from eligible Aboriginal organisations and/or Landcare NSW Member Groups to submit an application for a small grant (up to $2,000) that addresses the broad theme of “Aboriginal communities and Landcare communities working together for healthy landscapes” and Key Result ("Reduced barriers to Landcare and Aboriginal communities collaborating") of the Working Together program.
Landcare NSW acknowledges that Aboriginal people are the original Landcarers of this country.
What is the NSW Landcare Program 2019-2023?
The NSW Landcare Program is a collaborative initiative of NSW Local Land Services and Landcare NSW empowering Landcarers to take action on local problems and deliver outcomes that address local and regional issues.
The NSW Landcare Program intends to deliver increased opportunity to unlock the full potential of the grass-roots volunteer movement of Landcare.
The NSW Landcare Program is working to reduced barriers to Landcare and Aboriginal Communities collaborating and has recently developed the "Working Together" Aboriginal Communities Engagement Program.
To find out more about NSW Landcare Program 2019-2023 please visit:
Why is the NSW Landcare Program seeking applications for small grants?
The Working Together Program seeks to break down barriers to Landcare and Aboriginal Communities across NSW working together. A 2020-21 Aboriginal Action Plan has been developed to consciously improve collaboration, build stronger connections and partnerships between Landcare Groups and Aboriginal communities. We are also seeking ways to effectively engage and support Aboriginal people to have a voice within Landcare, to connect them with Landcare communities and to help share Traditional Land Management Practices.
Check out the 2020-21 Aboriginal Action Plan at
Who is eligible to apply?
Applications are open to the following Aboriginal organisations and/or Landcare NSW Member Groups located within NSW that fall under any of the following entity types:
NSW Local Aboriginal Land Councils (LALC);
NSW Aboriginal Corporations registered under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006;
NSW Registered Native Title Body Corporates (RNTBC);
NSW Incorporated Associations registered under Associations Incorporation Act 2009;
Other NSW entities that are registered with the Australian Securities & Investment Commission (ASIC) or the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission (ACNC).
Other unincorporated Aboriginal organisations and groups are eligible to apply, however, will need the support of another eligible entity who will perform the role of Administrator. You may nominate another eligible entity to Administer grant funds on your behalf.
Only one application will be accepted per applicant per round of funding.
To provide an additional incentive for Aboriginal communities to engage with the Landcare movement, successful applicants who have identified as an Aboriginal entity will also receive one year membership of Landcare NSW, which includes access to the full range of member benefits this may provide. Further details on Landcare NSW membership and benefits can be found at:
How do I submit a small grant application?
You're in the right place! You can submit using this online form. We need some information about your organisation type, how to contact you as well as some questions about your grant application. The form can be saved before submission allowing you to return and edit before making a final submission - just use the SAVE button at the end. Remember to hit SUBMIT when you are ready to make a final submission.
Applicants are also encouraged to attach additional information to support their application, such as:
- Examples of previous relevant activities; and/or
- Links to webpages, photo's, etc; and/or
- References/Letters of Support.
What is the closing date for Grant Applications?
The Working Together Small Grants Program 2020-21 will officially close on Friday 30th April 2021, or until the total grants budget for 2020-21 is committed prior to this date. A further round of grants may be opened in the 2021-22 year.
How will the small grant applications be assessed?
Grants will be assessed by a panel selected by the Steering Committee of the Working Together Program. The panel will consist of representatives from Aboriginal communities, Landcare communities, Landcare NSW and Local Land Services. We promise to exclude people with a conflict of interest (e.g. panel members who are related to applicants) from the selection panel.
Applications will be assessed on merit against the following criteria:
Elibibility of the entity;
Full and complete application form;
Clearly demonstrates how the proposed activity contributes to the broad Theme and Key Result of the
Addresses one or more of the five (5) Key Theme Areas of the 2020-21 Aboriginal Action Plan; and
Addresses one or more of the three (3) outcomes of the 2019-2023 NSW Landcare Program Strategic Plan.
Unsuccessful applicants will be notified via email.
Decisions by the panel are final. No further communication will be entered into with applicants regarding the final outcome.
NOTE: Grants will NOT be approved to cover costs or provide reimbursement for activities that have already occurred prior to the grant being approved.
What happens if my grant application is successful?
Successful applicants will be notified via phone call, email, text, and/or social media.
Successful applicants who have identified as an Aboriginal entity will also receive one year membership of Landcare NSW, which includes access to the full range of member benefits this may provide. Further details on Landcare NSW membership and benefits can be found at:
It will be a requirement that successful grant applicants sign an agreement with Landcare NSW. Landcare NSW and the NSW Landcare Program shall not be under any legal obligation to fund an application unless and until an Agreement has been signed by Landcare NSW and the successful applicant.
Upon signing of an Agreement, successful applicants will be required to deliver the activities identified in their grant application in the timeframes provided by the applicant.
Payments will be made upon the provision of an approved Invoice, which can be submitted either up-front, during or upon completion of the approved activity.
Upon completion of the project, applicants will be required to provide a final report (template to be provided).
Applications must demonstrate the following in their application:
1. Delivery towards the broad theme (“Aboriginal communities and Landcare communities working together for healthy landscapes”) and Key Result ("Reduced barriers to Landcare and Aboriginal communities collaborating") of the Working Together program.
2. Alignment with one or more of the Key Theme Areas of the 2020-21 Aboriginal Action Plan, being:
Aboriginal Representation & Inclusion
Relationships & Collaboration
Awareness & Education
The 2020-21 Aboriginal Action Plan can be found at:
3. Alignment with one or more of the three (3) outcomes of the 2019-2023 NSW Landcare Program Strategic Plan, being:
Capacity to Deliver
The 2019-2023 NSW Landcare Program Strategic Plan can be found at:
All submissions will be treated as strictly confidential between Landcare NSW, the NSW Landcare Program and the applicant.
Landcare NSW and the NSW Landcare Program reserves the right to cancel or change this process and/or again call for further applications should the responses be deemed unsatisfactory or insufficient.
Contact for Enquiries
Craig Aspinall, Community Landcare Aboriginal Engagement Officer
Telephone: 0412 657 333