Conserving our Rural Environment grants

Program Overview

The Conserving our Rural Environment (CoRE) grant aims to conserve and improve rural land and the natural environmental assets on private 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 with property larger than 0.4 hectares that is zoned: Green Wedge, Green Wedge A, Rural Living and Farming. Landowners 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 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 for further information. 

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

How to apply

If you would like to check your eligiblity or would like a copy of an application form please email or contact Council’s Biodiversity Project Officer on 9205 2200.

Documents and forms

Updated : 4:02 PM, 22 March 2018

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