Grassroots Grants

Applications have closed for our 2021/2022 Grassroots Grants

We are now busy assessing over 60 applications and we will be in contact with applicants in late July 2021.

Another round of grant funding will be available in 2022. Please contact us for further information.

About the grants

The grants aim to support individuals, volunteers, schools, community organisations, First Nations and not-for-profit groups working locally for environmental benefits.

Two tiers of grants are available - small grants up to $1,000, and larger grants from $1,001-$20,000.

Funding will be awarded on merit to projects that demonstrate the best value for money and delivery of outcomes that address the priorities in the draft Hills and Fleurieu Landscape Plan 2021-2026.

Your project must be within the region covered by the Hills and Fleurieu Landscape Board, which runs from Kersbrook to Cape Jervis, and from the Lower Gulf St Vincent across to the Murray Mouth and Langhorne Creek.

Application Guidelines

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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We look forward to supporting the Hills and Fleurieu community to play an active role in protecting and restoring our landscapes.

Previous recipients

Some great projects have been developed by last year’s grant recipients! The table below lists the 2020 recipients and how they are using their grants to improve or protect the local environment.

Grassroots Grants 2021 spotlight

2020/2021 Grassroots Grants recipients


Project name

Project focus

Council area

Sixth Creek  Catchment Group Incorporated

Re-establishing biodiversity in sustainable riparian habitats of the Sixth Creek

Sixth Creek Catchment Group (SCCG) will work with Friends of Merchants Road and and Friends of Lower Sixth Creek to continue long term rehabilitation of Sixth Creek with weed control and revegetation work

Adelaide Hills

Echunga Community Association Incorporated

Echunga #LoveYourCreek

Rehabilitate 2.8 hectares at the headwaters of the degraded Echunga Creek catchment and adjacent riparian land by undertaking weed control and re-planting with native tubestock

District Council of Mount Barker

McLaren Vale Grape Wine and Tourism Industry Association Incorporated


Sustainable vineyards in the McLaren Vale wine region

The project will support grape growers through events and online and hard copy resources through the nationally accredited Sustainable Winegrowing Australia Program City of Onkaparinga

Prospect Hill Bushland Group

Banking seeds for the Bull Creek Range

Seed collection from regionally rare or less-common species in the Bull Creek Range, for banking and propagation as an insurance against fire events and climate change

District Council of Mount Barker & Alexandrina Council

Mark Andrew Koolmatrie (Tribal Expertise Facility)


Aboriginal knowledge/values for Fleurieu Swamp species


The grant will produce a published and internet-accessible PDF and hard copy format Guide to Aboriginal Knowledge and Values in Fleurieu Swamps, for use by visitors and landholders Alexandrina Council

McLaren Vale Biodiversity Project Incorporated

Community-led landscape-scale habitat restoration

A pool of 500 volunteers working at community field days to plant 6000 native tubestock over 6ha,undertake weed control and maintenance of creeklines

City of Onkaparinga

Encounter Lutheran College Incorporated 


Block 69 revegetation: butterflies, birds and bugs 



Installation of fencing to create a 10 acre sanctuary of Sedge Grass wetland - which is home to the highly threatened Sedge Skipper Butterfly.
Will include protection and revegetation of Gahnia Filum tubestock, through planting and weed control with signage

City of Victor Harbor

Willunga Basin Trail Incorporated

Building capacity for ongoing trail maintenance
This project will deliver a training and development program for work team leaders. It will provide a dedicated trailer for storing and carrying all tools and equipment

City of Onkaparinga

Willunga Environment Centre Incorporated


McLaren Vale cellar door tree trail


Volunteers and staff will work with cellar door staff to place information tags on native trees at participating wineries in the McLaren Vale wine region. The tags will show the importance of the tree in relation to climate evidence and biodiversity

City of Onkaparinga

Emily McAllan

Berry Road swamp restoration

Collect baseline data and work with industry professionals to undertake fish, plant, fauna and aquatic survey. A video, management plan and event will occur to deliver the information to the local community

Alexandrina Council
Friends of Black Hill & Morialta Incorporated
Morialta threatened species habitat protection
Approximately 100Ha of high quality intact bushland in known threatened species habitat safe guarded from new woody weeds in 2020. Update weed maps of these sites to direct any required follow-up works
Adelaide Hills Council
Climbing Club of South Australia Inc
Morialta Crag Care
Deliver in Morialta Conservation Park the ongoing protection of approximately 3Ha of bushland cleared of woody weeds, 250 seedlings planted for critical habitat for the threatened Cunningham skink with follow up works to maintain and expand the area.

Adelaide Hills Council
Normanville Natural Resource Centre Incorporated Heritage Fleurieu coast tree trail interpretive signage

The project will deliver interpretive signs to engage visitors with the natural heritage of the district, communicating the tree's contribution to the environment including size, shade and oxygen provided and amount of carbon dioxide removed

Yankalilla Council

Neale Dyster and Angela Neville

Controlling Montpellier Broom outbreak following a prescribed burn

Controlling a mass outbreak of the introduced weed Montpellier Broom in a 17 acre target area that underwent a prescribed burn to protect and enhance the native understorey
District Council of Mount Barker
Clayton Bay Nursery and Environment Group

Terry Way Reserve woody weed control 

Community education on how manage / remove invasive environmental wattle Acacia saligna.
'Friends of Terry Way Reserve' group has formed and will be supported to control Acacia saligna
Alexandrina Council
St Michael's Lutheran School, Hahndorf, Incorporated
Hahndorf Creek Restoration Project Stage 2
This project is Stage 2 and will enable the school to complete the restoration of their entire section of the Hahndorf creek. This will include fencing, weed control, spraying of weeds, 
along the creek line, planting of 150 native tubestock and monitoring

Adelaide Hills Council/District Council of Mount Barker
Eastern Fleurieu R-12 School - Ashbourne Campus
EFS Ashbourne Bush School biodiversity project

The project will  develop a masterplan to develop the Ashbourne Campus bushland. Biodiversity improvement will include the creation of a wetland habitat
and through the building and installation of bat, bird and possum boxes.
Students will be involved in the project and be engaged as citizen scientists

Alexandrina Council

Jane McKenzie


Weed control from Mount Robinson Reserves and roadsides


The project will control all mature and juvenile weeds in the 2.5 hectare Mayfield Road Conservation Reserve. Social media will be used to engage with the community to increase participation at field days

Yankalilla Council
Wine Grape Council of South Australia Incorporated


Extending EcoVineyards in the Hills and Fleurieu.


 Six new demonstration sites will be established to showcase the use of native insectary plants in and around vineyards. One hectare of native grasses will be planted at each site with each EcoGrower receiving a photo point, microbat box and predator perch. A field day will be held in Spring 2020 and Autumn 2021 to share the planned activities and results with the broader community Adelaide Hills Council
 Gavin Malone


Reed Swamp Regeneration Lot50 Kanyanyapilla


L50K is a reed swamp demonstration site where weed control and native tubestock plantings will continue. This ecological asset is made available to the public through ongoing open days, field days and other cultural events. Four informal mentorships have been undertaken at L50K with young people entering into, or undertaking, land regeneration formal training or projects City of Onkaparinga
New Springs Landcare Group Incorporated


New Springs bushfire habitat recovery


Purchase of 2000 paddock tree and shelter belt native seedlings for distribution to our New Springs Landcare Membership base.  A minimum 20 properties in the upper Onkaparinga catchment Adelaide Hills Council
Angas River Catchment Group Incorporated


Peppermint Box Woodland rescue and restore


This project will engage a contractor to control Aleppo Pines, Bridal creeper, Scabiosa over a 12ha reserve and following up with revegetation of native tubestock to prevent weed reinfestation District Council of Mount Barker and Alexandrina Council
Trees For Life Incorporated


Weed control at Bushland Park


A contractor will be engaged to assist the volunteers of Friends of Lobethal Bushland Park to reduce the bulk of the dense  populations of the noxious weeds Montpellier Broom, Tree Lucerne and Blackberry and to reduce fuel loads and improve biodiversity Adelaide Hills Council
Goolwa Coastcare Group


Goolwa Coastcare actively managing priority coastal remnants


30 hectares of priority coastal vegetation will be improved via targeted weed control works. Alexandrina Council
Goolwa to Wellington Local Action Planning Association Incorporated


Strathalbyn Natural Resource Centre supporting the community


The project will deliver a resource for the community to access environmental information and support. Citizen Science projects will be undertaken and support will be given to local schools around biodiversity and sustainability projects. Four workshops and a forum will be held for local environmental community groups Alexandrina Council
Rotary Club of Victor Harbor


Biodiversity Enhancement of Hindmarsh River surrounds


The project will undertake the  removal of pest plant and animals from the Hindmarsh River and follow up with replanting of medium and lower layer to support the remnant large River Red Gums Alexandrina Council
Nicholas Dommenz 


Griffin Gully watercourse and swamp restoration


The project will undertake revegetation of the Griffin Gully watercourse by planting tubestock sourced from Trees For Life and with the assistance from volunteer growers Yankalilla Council
Finniss Catchment Group Incorporated


Finniss River Riparian Improvement


Weed control along 670m of the Finniss River followed by regular working bees with follow up weed control and strategic revegetation Alexandrina Council