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Thursday, 17 March 2016

FUNDS TO HELP VICTORIANS PROTECT THREATENED SPECIES AND HABITAT

State Labor Members for Bendigo, Maree Edwards and Jacinta Allan have today encouraged Bendigo community groups to apply for the Andrews Labor Government’s second round of grants for community groups and environmental organisations under the Andrews Labor Government’s Threatened Species Protection Initiative.

A broad range of groups and organisations can apply for a share of $800,000 in Community Volunteer Action Grants for small-scale, local threatened species projects.

A further $168,000 is available for crowd funding opportunities that will see community groups raising funds to help protect threatened species receiving dollar-for-dollar backing from the Government.

The funding is part of $5.2 million in grants programs under the Threatened Species Protection Initiative announced by the Government in August 2015 to support action on threatened species and habitat protection.

Groups eligible for Community Volunteer Action Grants and the crowdfunding pilot include environment, recreational and service groups, schools, senior citizen and youth groups and not-for-profit organisations and networks.

Grants provided under the first round have been used to help a range of threatened species including the Eastern Barred Bandicoot, Mountain Pygmy-possum, Brush-tailed Phascogale, Baw Baw Frog, Helmeted Honeyeater, Hooded Plover, Forest Redgum Grassy Woodland community and multiple native orchid species.

For more information or to apply for a grant, visit www.delwp.vic.gov.au/tspi

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