Conserving our Rural Environment grants

Program Overview

The Conserving our Rural Environment (CoRE) grant aims to improve rural land and conserve the natural environmental assets on private rural property. This will be achieved through the support and funding of on-ground environmental works, capacity-building activities and community engagement initiatives.

Who can apply?

Landowners or managers with property larger than 0.4 hectares that is zoned: Green Wedge, Green Wedge A, Rural Living and Farming. Landowners or managers with property identified as conservation within the Biodiversity Conservation Strategy for Melbourne’s Growth Corridors and environmental community groups such as Landcare are also eligible to apply. 

Grant Types

Two types of grants are available to support land management improvement activities and to fund environmental conservation and improvement projects. Applicants can apply for either a Small Grant ($300 GST exclusive) or a Project Grant ($301 up to $10,000 GST exclusive) each financial year. Refer to the Grant Guidelines below for further information.  

  • Small grants ($300 GST exclusive) – provides support to applicants to manage and improve the quality of their land. This grant is provided as a reimbursement via cheque following submission and approval of the Small Grant application form. Small Grants are open to all landowners or managers who do not receive a rate reduction through Council’s Agricultural Land Use Rebate.  
  • Project grants ($301 up to $10,000 GST exclusive) – assists applicants and environmental community groups to undertake on-ground environmental works, capacity-building activities or community engagement initiatives. This grant is offered through a competitive process. Applicants will need to demonstrate the merits of their project against the selection criteria with a focus on investing in quality natural environmental assets and applicants working together. Applicants must have a land management or project plan that is less than five years old or apply for the development of one in their application.  


SmartyGrants Online Application 

Hume City Council has launched a new easy, online funding application system. The new system powered by SmartyGrants makes your application process a lot easier and is more streamlined.

Is there a guide to help me use the form?

Can I save a draft of my application and come back to it later?

  •  Yes. To leave a partially completed application, press ‘save’ and log out. To return, log back in and click on the ‘My Applications’ link at the top of the screen for a list of applications you have started or submitted. You can reopen your draft application and continue where you left off.

 Can I change or add to my application once I have submitted it?

  • No. No further editing or uploading of support materials is possible once you have submitted your application.              

What about attachments and documents that support my application?

  • You will need to upload these. It’s easy.         
  • You need to have the documents saved on your computer, USB or similar first, and there are clear instructions on how to upload files in the application form.    
  • Files can be up to 25MB each; however, the larger the file, the longer the upload time.    

Who can I call if I need help with my application?

  • If you have questions about the Conserving our Rural Environment Project grant specifically, please contact the Sustainable Environment Department on 9205 2200.      


How to apply

If you would like to check your eligibility or discuss your project idea, please email or contact Council’s Biodiversity Project Officer on 9205 2200. 

Documents and forms

Updated : 5:02 PM, 22 March 2018

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