What are the Aboriginal leadership grants?

The grants are part of a program under the Our Catchments Our Communities strategy to support Aboriginal Victorians as future leaders in integrated catchment management.

How can the grants help Aboriginal Victorians?

The grants provide funding that can support Traditional Owners and Aboriginal Victorians who aspire to link culture and/or Country to integrated catchment management i.e. delivering a range of benefits through place-based management of land, water and biodiversity as connected systems.

How can I apply?

You can apply for the grants at the online grants page www.water.vic.gov.au/grants/ococ2020.

The grants page also has the Application Guidelines and additional Frequently Asked Questions.

Please note we can only provide general advice on completing your application. To maintain the fairness and integrity of the process, applicants cannot be offered specific, individualised support or help with their applications.

Who do I contact if I don’t have online access?

If you do not have online access contact the DELWP team on phone 9637 9033 or 9637 9701

What is the timing for the grants?

The grants open on 3 February 2020 and close on 27 March 2020.

Applicants have 12 months from receipt of payment to spend the allocated funds and complete their funded activities.

How much funding is provided?

The total amount for the Aboriginal Leadership category is $10,000. Any request up to this amount is eligible. The number of successful applications will be determined by the total amount requested.

What can the funding be spent on?

The funding is provided for travel, research, or to increase knowledge and skills that will contribute to leadership and professional development in Natural Resource Management.

The funding under the Aboriginal Leadership category is flexible in that it can be used for:

  • A specific project
  • To fill cultural knowledge or skill gaps
  • Activities on Country that are in some way linked to land, water and biodiversity
  • Formal or informal development activities e.g. participation in a specific course to develop professionally, or through traditional or cultural methods of learning.

What are examples of funded activities?

Aboriginal Victorians have received funding in 2017, 2018 and 2019 for the following activities:

  • Closing gaps in cultural knowledge related to land and water while also building ecological knowledge
  • Mentoring by Elders
  • Building skills to support advocacy e.g. for water rights
  • Attending the Cape York Fire Workshops to bring knowledge back to Victoria.

Are there any other categories of funding?

Yes. There are two other categories of funding both up to a total of $10,000. These are:

  • Women in leadership: Improving diversity and inclusion and the opportunity for women to lead; and
  • Innovation: New approaches and knowledge to address contemporary issues.

Traditional Owners and Aboriginal Victorians can also submit applications under these categories. Further information is provided on the DELWP website: www.water.vic.gov.au/grants/ococ2020.

A separate application is required for each of the three categories. However, applicants cannot be successful with more than one of their applications.

Who is eligible for the grant funding/who can apply?

At the time of application, applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Individuals aged 18 and over
  • Early and mid-career individuals working in the Natural Resource Management sector for:
    • Government agencies or bodies
    • private sector businesses or agencies
    • educational institutions
    • Local Government authorities
    • Non-Governmental Organisations
    • Not-for-profit Organisations
    • Individuals affiliated with a community network or group.

Who cannot apply?

Applications will not be accepted from:

  • Individuals not affiliated with a Natural Resource Management group, organisation, institution, agency or government body
  • Individuals applying for a grant on behalf of another individual or group
  • Individuals under 18 years of age
  • Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning staff
  • Groups, organisations, institutions, agencies or government bodies
  • Anyone residing outside of Victoria at the time of application
  • Non-citizens/permanent residents of Australia.

Are there any conditions for receiving funding?

Successful applicants must enter into a funding agreement with DELWP. The Victorian Common Funding Agreement is used for funding agreements with individuals. It is recommended that applicants review the terms and conditions before applying. Information about the Victorian Common Funding Agreement is available at https://providers.dhhs.vic.gov.au/victorian-common-funding-agreement.

Information regarding assessment criteria, payments, variations to proposed activities, and reporting is provided in the Application Guidelines at www.water.vic.gov.au/grants/ococ2020.

We may ask for a photo opportunity with grant recipients receiving their certificate from the Minister for Water, the Hon. Lisa Neville, or her delegate.

The winning grant recipients under the Aboriginal Leadership category are from Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander storylines.

Page last updated: 03/02/20