Bark Scorch - Grants for Nature Conservation - FNPW

Bushfire Restoration Grants

Round 3

The Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife invites applications to support revegetation activities for communities in the Local Government Areas (LGA) listed as impacted by the 2019-20 bushfires.

Goals of the grant round: To support restoration activities for communities in the Local Government Areas (LGA) listed as impacted by the 2019-2020 bushfires.

The grant program aims to provide funding for field projects that will have a direct restoration outcome for the 2019-2020 bushfire impacted LGAs:

  • enable communities to rebuild their local environments devastated by the 2019-2020 bushfires.
  • support the restoration of key habitats and ecosystems needed for healthy landscapes within the LGA’s impacted by the 2019-2020 bushfires.

It also aims to support the FNPW priorities of:

  • Protecting our native flora and fauna: Ecosystem regeneration, threatened species protection, and wildlife corridors
  • Emergency response: Bushfire Recovery nurseries, tree planting, and biodiversity restoration
  • Educating and inspiring: Corporate days, volunteering programs, training

GRANT GUIDELINES – FNPW Restoration Grant Round 3 Guidelines May 2022



Who is eligible to apply:

Applicants may be eligible for funding if they are:

  • Community-based groups or organisations, or not-for-profit organisations with an ABN, or
  • Government agencies working on public land

Applicants not eligible for funding are:

  • For Profit organisations such as: Businesses, Companies, Trusts
  • Individuals

Projects must be implementing bushfire restoration works in one of the Local Government Areas listed by State or Commonwealth Government.

Find your region:

What you can apply for:

In this program, the maximum grant available is $15,000.

Grants will cover projects/activities that are carried out prior to June 2023.
Grants made available through this program are one off. In some instances, part-funding may be offered.

Priority will be given to projects and organisations that:

  • are planting trees sourced from an FNPW bushfire recovery nursery
  • are planting 1,000 or more trees sourced from an FNPW bushfire recovery nursery across 1 or more years.
  • show community or volunteer engagement within the project activities.
  • undertake work over an area of at least 5ha adjacent to or within protected areas and existing habitat corridors, on public and/or private land.

Eligible costs can be to

  • Buy plants, seed, services, products, tools, equipment and/or materials to support planting and habitat restoration in the bushfire impacted LGAs.

Activities may also include in the application:

  • Assisted bush regeneration activities including weed control and fencing for stock management, and fencing to exclude feral animals.
  • Works to ameliorate the impacts of landslips and erosion, particularly to enable vehicular and foot access to planting sites. Works must be done with minimal ecological impact.

Ineligible costs include, but are not limited to:

  • Capital improvements
  • Works covered by insurance or other sources of funding including other grants or government funding
  • Completed works
  • Political lobbying and advocacy
  • Legal expenses, rates and taxes
  • Purchase of movement or still cameras and equipment
  • Compensation to landholders for their own labour
  • Solar energisers
  • Boundary fencing
  • Fuel or other vehicle costs
  • Training
  • Salary and general operational costs
  • Accommodation or travel costs for staff and volunteers


If you are unsure please commence your application and contact the FNPW Bushfire Recovery Project Manager at for advice.

What you need to apply:

Applicants will need to supply the following eligibility information:

  • ABN;
  • Bank account details;
  • Completed risk assessment including COVID-19 mitigation;
  • Insurance Certificate of Currency
  • Written permission from landowner or landholder where the activities will take place, if not the applicant’s

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

TEMPLATE – Tree planting Risk Assessment

SAMPLE – FNPW Bushfire Recovery Restoration – Application Form

When you can apply:

Applications open: Tuesday 10 May 2022

Applications close: 5pm (AEST) Sunday 3 July 2022

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until all funds are allocated. Early applications are encouraged.

How you will report on your grant

Reporting is completed in three Milestone steps.

  • Milestone 1: signing agreement and submitting your Invoice
  • Milestone 2: publishing a media report and promoting your project and FNPW, submitting a before photograph and site map, then uploading into Smartygrants and submitting your Invoice
  • Milestone 3: Final report and Invoice, including after photography of the work site.

SAMPLE – FNPW Bushfire Restoration Grant – Final Report

Further support

Templates and samples of forms that can be used to support your application that can be found above.

If you need further support for your application please contact:

FNPW staff member Sandy Eager on who can provide additional information on the grant round

For technical help for the SmartyGrants system through: