Extra $100K in grassroots funds to support rain recovery

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The SA Arid Lands Landscape Board will double its Grassroots Grants funding round in 2022/23 in response to widespread rain and flooding across the region.

Landholders will be able to source funds from a $200,000 pool to address pest plant and animal control and erosion works caused by the heavy rainfall.

Funding is also available for local projects undertaken by volunteers, community group and not-for-profit organisations on a range of projects

Grants of up to $10,000 are available, with the grant round opening on Wednesday 16 March 2022.

Local community groups, not-for-profit organisations and volunteers are able to apply for funding to help sustainably manage local landscapes through on-ground works and building community capacity.

SA Arid Lands Landscape Board chair Ross Sawers said the additional funding was a timely opportunity for a range projects and ideas in landscape management to receive funding, as well as flood impacted landholders to apply for funds to support the increased need for pest plant and animal control or soil erosion works as a result of the recent heavy downpours.

“Rain is very welcome across our region and while we welcome it, the board acknowledges that with the rain comes land management issues like increased pest plants and animals, and erosion in some areas.” Mr Sawers said.

“The board encourages landholder groups, volunteer networks and Aboriginal communities to consider how their ideas align with the goals of the Grassroots Grants program, and the board’s strategic plan, and welcomes the community making contact with staff to support the development of suitable applications.”

In 2021/22, the SA Arid Lands Landscape Board funded fourteen projects that focussed on the Landscape SA pillars of community capacity building, pest and weed control, biodiversity protection and monitoring, along with land and water management.

Applications will close on 4 May 2022. For more information on how to apply visit www.landscape.sa.gov.au/saal/get-involved/grants-and-funding

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