Conserving our Rural Environment grants

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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.  


Small Grants Online Application 2020/21

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

The Small Grant opens on 1 July 2020 and can be completed by clicking the link below. 

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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.