Grassroots Grants

Round 5 applications will open on March 5, 2024. Check back then for information and how to apply.

About the Grassroots Grants program

The Grassroots Grants program aims to support individual landholders, volunteers, schools, community organisations, First Nations and not-for-profit groups working locally for environmental and primary production benefits.

Projects must be within the Hills and Fleurieu Landscape Board's footprint. This includes the whole of the Adelaide Hills, Alexandrina, Mount Barker, Victor Harbor and Yankalilla council districts and some of the Onkaparinga council district. See a map here.

2023 Grassroots Grants recipients

Read the media release here.

RecipientProject nameProject focus
Conservation Volunteers Australia
(Tier 2 - up to $20,000)
Community Monitoring of western pygmy-possums across the Fleurieu PeninsulaRe-engage landholders and volunteers to check nest boxes, carry out any necessary maintenance, and monitor the boxes over a period of a year.
Cape Jervis Coastal Community Group
(Tier 2 - up to $20,000)
Succession planning through capacity building - upskilling in biodiverse revegetation and weed controlSecure the long-term future of a biodiversity hotspot at Cape Jervis.
Angove Family Winemakers
(Tier 2 - up to $20,000)
Future-proofing agriculture through regenerative farming practices in vineyards - native grassesSowing native grasses in the mid row of 1 hectare of vineyard to help restore threatened grassy ecosystem.
Yundi Nature Conservancy
(Tier 2 - up to $20,000)
Nature repair network and activities for landholders with swamps of the Fleurieu PeninsulaEngage regenerative agriculture and swamp management networks across Fleurieu Peninsula, and work with LSA-H&F to publicise the network opportunity.
Aldgate Valley Landcare Group Inc.
(Tier 2 - up to $20,000)
‘Regenerating the Bushland and Engaging Local Communities of Aldgate Valley’Rehabilitate four critical sites along the Aldgate Valley Nature Walk (aka ‘Valley of the Bandicoots’ trail) between Aldgate and Mylor.
Sixth Creek Catchment Group
(Tier 2 - up to $20,000)
Re-establishing Biodiversity in Sustainable Riparian Habitats of the Sixth CreekTo rehabilitate the only permanently flowing watercourse through the Eastern Mt Lofty Ranges Watershed Priority 1 zone. This incorporates community learning in working bees, workshops, displays and speaker contributions at the Uraidla Sustainability Fair, and a new Sixth Creek website.
McLaren Vale Grape Wine & Tourism Association
(Tier 2 - up to $20,000)
Regenerative Vineyards in the McLaren Vale Wine RegionGrow regenerative agriculture skills and build networks to increase the capacity of grape growers to adopt regenerative viticulture techniques, with a focus on soil health.
Heathfield Primary School
(Tier 2 - up to $20,000)
Heathfield Primary School Eco TrailConstruct an eco-trail to a central meeting place for an outdoor learning area, with signs in English and Kaurna language.
Mount Compass Area School
(Tier 2 - up to $20,000)
Mount Compass Area School Mount Lofty Ranges Southern Emu-wren Habitat Expansion Project with interpretive signage.Increase the area of suitable habitat for an important population of the nationally endangered southern emu-wren (Stipiturus malachurus intermedius).
Hills Biodiversity Inc
(Tier 2 - up to $20,000)
Springs to SummitExtend and join up pockets of biodiversity along creek lines and on private land adjacent Mt Barker Summit.
Ecosystem and Biological Services
(Tier 2 - up to $20,000)
Biodiversity and Conservation of invertebrate fauna from springs (in the Hills and Fleurieu landscape board area)DNA testing and biodiversity monitoring to identify Stygofauna, surface aquatic fauna and terrestrial fauna in the immediate vicinity of five springs in the region.
Friends of Parks Incorporated
(Tier 2 - up to $20,000)
Swampholder Stewardship - Building community capacity and improving Fleurieu Peninsula Swamp management through cross tenure knowledge transfer and on-ground action.Engage swamp-holders in on-ground swamp restoration and management actions in and around Stipiturus Conservation Park (CP) and Hesperilla CP.
P Shearman
(Tier 2 - up to $20,000)
Salt Cliffs Nature ReserveFence 20 hectares of remnant Eucalyptus fasciculosa and Melaleuca halmaturorum to protect from stock and kangaroo grazing.
Goolwa to Wellington Local Action Planning Association Inc.
(Tier 2 - up to $20,000)
Grassroots Groups - Supporting Uptake and Scaling of Regenerative Farming in the Eastern Mt Lofty area.Engage two experts to attend farm walks to support specific management issues with the group, and support coordination of the group.
K Telfer
(Tier 2 - up to $20,000)
Tirkandi – Country, Culture, Climate and ConnectionProvide an opportunity for young First Nations students to reconnect to Country through delivery of the Tirkandi program.
Uraidla Primary School
(Tier 1 - up to $3,000)
Uraidla is a Sustainability SchoolSubscription to a carbon accounting software Climate Clever, designed for schools. Gather and input data, produce the school's initial sustainability plan.
C and K Lane
(Tier 1 - up to $3,000)
TLOPERI habitat restorationAdditional 1200 plants from local community nurseries (Rauukan, Clayton Bay and Hindmarsh Island Landcare) for continued habitat restoration of rarer understorey species for local butterflies (Bitterbush Blues, Mottled grass skippers and others) and birds (Neophymas including Orange bellied parrots, blue wing parrots and elegant parrots and 63 other bird species).
Finniss Catchment Group
(Tier 1 - up to $3,000)
Finniss River Riparian ImprovementProtecting a section of the Finniss River and maintenance of riparian improvements.
S Morrow
(Tier 1 - up to $3,000)
Fleurieu wetland protection and restoration projectProtect an area of rare, remnant Fleurieu Wetland on private property by excluding livestock with approximately 440 m of livestock stock fencing with gate access and revegetate.
Friends of Hindmarsh River Estuary
(Tier 1 - up to $3,000)
Friends of Hindmarsh River Estuary - tools and materials to ensure the capability of the group and project deliverables.Personal protective equipment for volunteers undertaking weed control and revegetation works.
The Unitarian Church of SA
(Tier 1 - up to $3,000)
Weeding Essentials for Shady Grove.Personal protective equipment for volunteers undertaking weed control in native bushland.
Macclesfield Bushcare Group
(Tier 1 - up to $3,000)
Habitat enhancement along the Angas River, MacclesfieldProtect and enhance the native vegetation and freshwater ecosystems along the Angas River and tributary in two Mt Barker Council reserves in Macclesfield, the Lord Robinson/Crystal Lake Park and the Night Paddock reserve.
Friends of Sunnyspring Glen Reserve
(Tier 1 - up to $3,000)
Revegetation of Sunnyspring Glen ReserveNative plants for revegetation by volunteers.
T Milne
(Tier 1 - up to $3,000)
Establishment of a dung beetle colony at Anawatta – Stage 2 in the transition to a regenerative agriculture systemEstablish a population spring-active dung beetle on the property 'Anawatta', as the second stage of a long-term program to transition to regenerative farming.
Friends of Scott Creek Conservation ParkPost-fire control of Bluebell Creeper on Yacca HillContractor engagement to control Blue-bell Creeper (Billardiera heterophylla) on the western slopes of Yacca Hill, regenerated after fire.
Kanmantoo-Callington Landcare Group
(Tier 1 - up to $3,000)
Greening the Bremer 2023-24Continue fencing of the Hills and Fleurieu region side of the Bremer River on private property, co-funded by a Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board grant, across multiple sites. Revegetation to be undertaken by volunteers and land managers.
M Gaughwin
(Tier 1 - up to $3,000)
Improving bandicoot habitat in a creek line at BradburyImproving native vegetation habitat for bandicoots - weeding and native plantings in a creek line.
Stirling East Primary School
(Tier 1 - up to $3,000)
First Nations Garden at Stirling East Primary SchoolWeed control and revegetating a sloping site, developing and maintaining a relationship with Kaurna and Peramangk communities.
H Angley
(Tier 1 - up to $3,000)
Carrickalinga Cliffs - Native RestorationRestoration of Drooping Sheoak Grassy Woodlands to help support the Diamond Sand Skipper Butterfly & Glossy Black Cockatoo.
N Dommenz
(Tier 1 - up to $3,000)
Farm infrastructure improvements to support regenerative rotational grazing and exclusion of livestock from sensitive waterways.Purchase of stock troughs and electric fencing for stock exclusion from watercourse, allowing rotational grazing.
Central Hills Regenerative Ag Network (CHRAN)
(Tier 1 - up to $3,000)
CHRAN informal to formal learning - decisions for a networkA facilitator will be engaged to identify where the group’s momentum has come from and help define what serves the group best through an informal or formal structure.
A Kavanagh
(Tier 1 - up to $3,000)
Restore Stringybark dieback area with indigenous understory (Stage 1).Restoring a healthy understory (800 plants) across 2ha to help reduce Stringybark dieback with planting assistance from the Echunga Community Association.
A Correll
(Tier 1 - up to $3,000)
Perch Swamp MylorFencing off the Perched Swamp from grazing and removing the weeds within it.
Hugh Hamilton Wines
(Tier 1 - up to $3,000)
Turraparri Creek Section Restoration1500sqm section of Turraparri Creek restoration via weed removal and the first stages of revegetation.
Paxton Vineyards
(Tier 1 - up to $3,000)
Thomas Block creekline woody weed removalContractor woody weed removal, so that we can revegetate the understory along the creek line to stabilize for erosion control and to provide habitat for local species.
Biodiversity McLaren Vale
(Tier 1 - up to $3,000)
Educational workshops on revegetation, native grasslands and native fauna across Willunga BasinEngage specialist consultants to hold workshops on native grassland restoration, the planning of successful revegetation projects and habitat creation for native birds of our region.