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Supporting Communities To Give Our Threatened Species A Helping Hand

11 August 2015

The Andrews Labor Government has launched a $5.2 million initiative that will support communities to give our threatened species a helping hand.

The Threatened Species Protection Initiative will support threatened species’ survival through on-ground activities such as habitat creation and restoration and site protection.

The Initiative secures $2 million in Community Volunteer Action Grants, which will support local groups to undertake grassroots threatened species projects such as revegetating areas, building fences, species monitoring and establishing suitable habitats.

It will also provide $3 million in Critical Action and Strategic Partnerships Grants to environmental agencies and organisations to reduce threats and secure important sites for threatened species.

In an innovative approach to protecting our wildlife, the initiative also comprises a $200,000 crowdfunding component.

This will allow a selection of successful projects to fundraise online to expand their project, with the Labor Government then matching the funds raised.

Crowdfunding will allow communities to get behind the threatened species in Victoria that they are particularly passionate about saving.

Applications for the grants are now open and guidelines are available. For more information or to apply for the grants, visit www.delwp.vic.gov.au/tspiExternal Link

Quotes attributable to Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water, Lisa Neville

“We’re supporting the community in their on the ground efforts to save our threatened species.”

“Our wildlife is part of what makes Victoria such a great place to live and visit. This will help ensure our threatened species remain for all to enjoy.”

“A crowd funding approach keeps up with the new ways to start movements and causes, and will allow communities to get behind some of the species they’re particularly passionate about saving.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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