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New grassroots funding for Arid Lands projects

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A new funding pool of $100,000 is available to address environmental projects in the SA Arid Lands with the 2023/24 Grassroots Grants funding round now open.

A new funding pool of $100,000 is available to address environmental projects in the SA Arid Lands.

The 2023/24 Grassroots Grants funding round opened today and is available for projects undertaken by volunteers, community groups, not-for-profit organisations and landholders to help sustainably manage local landscapes through on-ground works and building community capacity.

Grants of up to $10,000 are available and applications will be open for two months. Projects need to address one or more of the board’s priority issues of climate resilience, water management, sustainable land management, protecting and enhancing biodiversity and people and partnerships.

SA Arid Lands Landscape Board chair Douglas Lillecrapp said the current round of Grassroots Grants are a timely opportunity to address a wide range of projects and ideas in landscape management.

Mr Lillecrapp 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 priority issues.

“I encourage the community to make contact with board staff to talk through project ideas and be supported to develop applications.”

In 2022/23, the SA Arid Lands Landscape Board funded 30 projects. They included rabbit control, weed control, erosion management, protect of native species, community projects, cultural skills training, brochures, guest speakers and rehabilitation works.

Applications for this year’s round will close on Monday 8 May 2023 at 5pm. Successful projects will commence from July 2023.

For more information on how to apply visit

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