Fifteen local projects receive Grassroots Grants funding

Posted 15 October 2020.

Tackling weeds at Beltana, monitoring Yellow-footed Rock-wallaby populations with the Yappala indigenous rangers, and assisting in the reintroduction of numbats and bandicoots into the Gawler Ranges were among the projects funded by the SA Arid Lands Landscape Board in its inaugural Grassroots Grants round.

Fifteen projects from around the SA Arid Lands region, including Port Augusta and Flinders Ranges Council areas, received more than $100,000 in funding in a competitive grants round that attracted 35 applications applying for almost $300 000.

Projects to receive funding addressed the Landscape SA pillars of community capacity building, pest and weed control, biodiversity protection and monitoring along with land and water management.

News of the successful grant applications come after Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs first announced the grants program for all landscape boards in July.

“Landscapes SA is about building partnerships, rolling up our sleeves and working together to support our landscapes to thrive, leading to healthy and resilient communities, prosperous businesses and flourishing ecosystems.

“The Grassroots Grants Program is an important element of the Landscape SA reform agenda, and will result in $2 million in funding being provided across the state, ensuring there are more funding opportunities for communities dedicated to working in our landscape regions.

“It’s all about a back-to-basics approach and giving local communities a greater say in how we manage our natural environment.”

SA Arid Lands Landscape Board Presiding Member Ross Sawers said the high number of applications received was proof that the Grassroots Grants were both welcome and needed in the region.

“I was impressed with the applications received, including a number from the two new council districts Port Augusta City and Flinders Ranges Councils, as newcomers to the SA Arid Lands region,” he said.

“I look forward to seeing the difference the funding will make to projects looking to improve our natural landscape and support local landholders.”

Grassroots Grants replaces the Board’s previous Community Grants program, and will be offered in the State’s eight Landscape regions. Across the state, $2 million in funding will be provided annually.

The next round of applications will open mid 2021.

For more information about the successful applicants and the projects that will be undertaken, visit

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