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Community Conservation Grants

  • YEAR: 2019
  • STATE: National
  • FOCUS AREAS: Healing our Land/SDG 15: Life on Land

The Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife invites grant applications for conservation projects. The purpose of our Community Conservation Grants is to assist in the protection of our native species, habitats, landscapes and cultural heritage.

Grants are available for both field projects and education programs that have a direct outcome for nature conservation in Australia. All proposals are evaluated by FNPW’s Projects Committee based on funding priorities, funds available and quality and quantity of projects submitted.

FNPW support

This project was funded through generous donations from FNPW supporters across Australia and beyond.

Project Details

FNPW may support approved projects through untied funds that belong to FNPW, or it may choose to run a targeted public appeal or seek third party sponsorship for the project.

FNPW Community Conservation Grants aim to fund urgent and high priority projects in the following Focus Areas:

  • Healing our Land – Protection, restoration, rehabilitation and revegetation of degraded habitats to ensure their ability to sustain native species.
  • Saving Species – Scientific research with tangible conservation outcomes and on-ground works to conserve Australia’s threatened species.
  • Indigenous Heritage – Conserving and celebrating Australia’s indigenous heritage as part of the gift we leave to future generations.
  • Growing Parks – Improving National Park facilities for the enjoyment of all, to foster and encourage the appreciation of nature.

Our Project Committee, made up of representatives from our Board and Life Members of the Foundation judged each and every application on it’s merits against the grant criteria to select just 10 projects for funding.

The Projects Committee would like to thank all those who put together applications for this years grant round. We know that many of the organisations that submit projects for funding are run by small but passionate groups of volunteers and that much time and effort goes into securing funds for their important projects.

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FNPW supports projects across Australia. In the spirit of reconciliation we acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture.


FNPW funds projects through Community Conservation Grants each year.

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FNPW Community Conservation Grants are supported through the generous donations of sponsors and donors across Australia and around the globe.


2022 Grant Recipients

Project Name Organisation State
Tracking the movement, behaviours & spatial ecology of Brown Snakes Ginninderry Conservation Trust ACT
Desert Yarning with Don Rowlands TSP Theatre Inc. t/a The Storey Players VIC
Yarri (Koala) Dreaming South west rocks figtree descendants Aboriginal Corporation NSW
Weaving Tiwi Indigenous knowledge into biodiversity mapping and modelling Deakin University VIC
Educating and Engaging the Community about Black Cockatoos Black Cockatoo Preservation Society of Australia WA
Monitoring & Surveying Greater Gliders for future Springfield Lakes Nature Care INC QLD


2021 Grant Recipients

Project Name Organisation State
Restoring Campbell’s Wetland Walkway Griffith City Council NSW
Dalki Garringa Botanic Park Barenji Gadjin Land Council VIC
Booningyah Junior Rangers Program Green Heroes NSW
Bilby Fire Project Environs Kimberley WA
Mary Valley Rail Trail Habitat Link Koala Action Group Gympie QLD
Recovering Blue Butterflies in Victoria Threatened Species Conservancy VIC
Yarning Online OnCountry: KurruPurra Pila Weaving Taragara Aboriginal Corporation NSW
Alpine Frogs a Calling Museums Victoria VIC
Enhancing Biodiversity & Protecting Cultural Heritage at Torrens Island Conservation Friends of Torrens Island SA

2020 Grant Recipients

2020 Grant Recipients
Project Name Organisation State
Pre Release Enclosures FAWNA Inc. WA
Restoring Carnaby’s Cockatoo habitat in the Porongurup Range, Western Australia Kingfisher Environmental WA
Citizen scientists improving frog conservation in NSW national parks University of Newcastle NSW
Learning on Country – Respecting our living and natural environment Ngura Yadurirn Children and Family Centre SA
Bird Watering Stations for Jirdarup Bushland Precinct Friends of Jirdarup Bushland WA
Collaborate, propagate and plant with Landcare and Autistic services Mansfield Up2Us Landcare Alliance VIC
All in the Family – habitat building for urban Powerful Owls BirdLife Australia NSW


2019 Grant Recipients

2019 Grant Recipients

In 2019 we received 70 applications for our small grants round from across Australia. Projects were from a wide variety of organisations and individuals and covered all of our main priority areas of threatened species conservation, cultural heritage, parks for people and land and water conservation.

The following ten projects were allocated funds in the 2019 small grants round:

Project Name   Conservation Focus  Lead Organisation  State
Protecting the Red-tailed Phascogale in Katanning Threatened species recovery Katanning Landcare WA
Busy Bees: educating and engaging local kids in native bee protection Environmental education Wagga Wagga Urban Landcare NSW
Roydon Island African Boxthorn Control Land and water conservation Friends of Bass Strait Islands TAS
Upgrading the Fagus Walking Track at Mount Field Parks for people Wildcare Friends of Mount Field TAS
Yesterdays stories: Heritage drive from Wollongong to Bega Cultural heritage Yesterday Stories NSW
Currie Wharf Bush Restoration Cultural heritage King Island NRMG TAS
Weed management and restoration of native vegetation on Deal Island Land and water conservation Wildcare Friends of Deal Island TAS
Eco-acoustic monitoring of Leadbeater’s Possum and Powerful Owls by citizen scientists Threatened species recovery Victoria National Parks Assoc. VIC
Youth Wildlife Ambassadors Parks for people Phillip Island Nature Parks VIC
North of the Tully – endangered fauna corridors Threatened species recovery Brettacorp QLD

Latest news on this project.

The recipients of the 2019 Community Conservation Grants, awarded by the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife, recently completed their conservation projects and submitted reports detailing their activities. From creating bee hotels to the telling of indigenous cultural stories, the recipients undertook a variety of projects across the country focused on many different aspects of conservation and education.

The purpose of FNPW Community Conservation Grants is to assist in the protection of our native species, habitats, landscapes and cultural heritage. Grants are available for both field projects and education programs that have a direct outcome for nature conservation in Australia.

In 2019 FNPW supported 10 projects across Australia through our Community Conservation Grants, including the following:

Roydon Island African Boxthorn Control – On the Home Stretch:  African Boxthorn is a thorny scrub that grows up to 5 m high and 3 m across. Grown close together it forms a spiky wall that you cannot get through. It is an aggressive invader of pastures, roadsides, reserves, remnant bushland and waterways. Since 2011, the Friends of Bass Strait Islands have worked on eradicating the African Boxthorn located on the Roydon Island in an effort to protect the local species and habitats. With the help of volunteers, donations, and FNPW funding, the primary eradication has been completed, with 30,000 square meters of land being revegetated.

Busy Bees: Educating and Engaging Our Local Kids in Native Bee Protection: With the support of volunteers and FNPW grant, Wagga Wagga Urban Landcare ran two successful Kids Native Bee Hotel workshops. A total of 116 people from the local community participated in these workshops, learning about the importance of native bees and providing vital habitats for them through construction and installation of bee hotels and bee baths, and encouraging suitable plantings and retention of nesting sites.

North of the Tully, Endangered Fauna Corridors: Queensland based Brettacorp Inc. planted over 2000 native trees with the help of volunteers to help regenerate the local habitats and landscapes. They also assisted in the protection of our threatened species, such as the Southern Cassowary and Mahogany Glider, as they benefit from these native trees and food source species. Community event days were held to educate the locals about the environment to continue the recovery of threatened species, populations, and ecological communities.

Upgrade the Fagus Walk Track at Mount Field: The Wildcare Friends of Mount Field upgraded the popular Fagus site at Lake Fenton. Current boardwalks that were unstable were repaired, making it easier for visitors to walk along these 370 metres of track and better enjoy the beautiful vegetation. By moving large rocks off the track and by carting gravel to repair the damaged track, this upgrade allows for easier walking as well as preserving the local landscapes.

Youth Wildlife Ambassador Program: With the support of the FNPW grant, the Phillip Island Nature Parks successfully implemented the Youth Wildlife Ambassador program. Seven young ambassadors were selected to participate in the program, where they monitored the threatened species of Eastern-barred Bandicoot and Hooded plover populations, encouraged community members and visitors to be responsible pet owners, and raised awareness for the species on Phillip Island.

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The Red-Tailed Phascogale (Phascogale calura) was once wide-spread across southern Australia, but is now limited to a ‘triangle’ in south-west WA. Loss of habitat (wandoo / sheoak woodland) and predation by feral and domestic cats have been catastrophic for the species. It is listed as Endangered under the EPBC Act.

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