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Media Release
Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell

21 October 2005

Grants for voluntary groups to protect our environment


Conservation work carried out by Australia’s voluntary organisations will get a welcome boost under the Australian Government’s programme of Grants to Voluntary Environment and Heritage Organisations (GVEHO).

Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, today called for applications for general-purpose grants from eligible environment and heritage organisations.

Senator Campbell said the programme recognises the important role that voluntary organisations play in protecting our land, animals and historic places.

“We are lucky in Australia to have so many people dedicated to caring for our environment and heritage, often on their own time and with limited resources,” he said.

“The GVEHO programme is unique in that it provides practical funding for administrative costs rather than specific projects. I have made multi-year grants available again to make it easier for smaller community groups by reducing the red tape and giving them the ability to plan for the future with greater financial security.

“Organisations are assessed both on their track record, and their potential to deliver on-ground environment projects or contribute to the protection of Australia’s heritage.

“With this support, communities are safeguarding habitat for native plants and animals, improving water-based ecosystems, caring for our coasts and marine life and tackling introduced pests. They’re also conserving our unique heritage so that future generations can share in the Australian story. Last financial year’s GVEHO programme helped 128 groups, 91 of which did not receive funding the previous year.

“Over the last five years the Australian Government has provided nearly $6 million to environment and heritage organisations under this programme. Groups can also access funding under the $3 billion Natural Heritage Trust, $1.4 billion National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality and $3 million Sharing Australia’s Stories.

“I encourage all eligible groups to apply under GVEHO, and wish them the best of luck.”

Eligible organisations can apply for grants of up to $10,000 per year over the three-year funding period. However, grants of higher amounts will be considered in exceptional circumstances and where there is a demonstrated need.

Guidelines and application forms for the GVEHO programme are available at Internet http://www.deh.gov.au/programs/gveho, by email gveho@deh.gov.au or by telephone 02 6274 2422.

Applications close at 5pm on 2 December 2005.

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