Flying-Foxes Grants Program

The Flying-foxes Grants Program has been established to assist councils to manage flying-fox camps in their area, consistent with the Flying-Fox Camp Management Policy 2015.

This $1 million program is funded through the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) and is administered by Local Government NSW to address identified flying-fox management issues facing NSW councils. A combination of competitive and non-competitive funding is available.

Applications for funding are now open.

How much is available?

A total of $1 million in funding has been made available to NSW councils under the Flying-foxes Grants Program.

Funding is available under three streams:

Stream 1 – Implementing emergency flying-fox camp management measures where there are significant community impacts.

  • Maximum grant size: $50,000
  • Applications can be made any time up to 30 April 2018 and will receive funding if they are for eligible activities and meet the assessment criteria (subject to funding availability).

Stream 2 – Preparing flying-fox camp management plans.

  • Maximum grant size: $15,000
  • Applications can be made any time up until 2 February 2018 and will receive funding if they are for eligible activities and meet the assessment criteria (subject to funding availability).

Stream 3 – Implementing approved actions in flying-fox camp management plans.

  • Maximum grant size: $50,000
  • Applications will be assessed on a contestable basis against other applications using the assessment criteria
  • The fourth funding round is open  and closes 3 November 2017

Additional funding rounds will be called if funds are available.

Who can apply?

Grants are open to NSW Local Government organisations including councils, Regional Organisations of Councils (ROCs) and County Councils. Collaboration with NSW agencies, Aboriginal Land Councils, businesses, research and community organisations is encouraged however each grant application must be lodged by a Local Government organisation that will be responsible for administering the grant.

Where multiple flying-fox camps are involved, or where a camp occurs across multiple tenures, collaboration with one or more councils, regional organisations, private sector or government agencies and other organisations is encouraged.

Funding is generally available on a 1:1 basis ($1 local council: $1 grant funding). Matching funds can include cash and in-kind contributions. For streams 1 and 2, local councils with the capacity to do so are encouraged to contribute more than 1:1. For stream 3, priority will be given (unless exceptional circumstances can be demonstrated) to applications with a higher council: grant funding ratio.

Amounts are capped for each grant under a stream so that support can be provided to as many councils as possible. Regional Organisations of Councils can apply for up to $150,000 across all streams if the grant is for more than one local council area.

How do I apply?

Timeframes

Applications for funding are now open.

Stream 1: Applications under Stream 1 can be submitted up until 30 April 2018. 

Stream 2: Applications to Stream 2 can be submitted up until 2 February 2018.

Stream 3: Applications to Stream 3 close 3 November 2018.

Projects and final project reports are to be completed by 30 June 2018

NSW Local Government Flying-fox Forum and the National Flying-fox Forum

  • The National Flying-fox Forum, Sydney - Wednesday 25 October
  • The NSW Local Government Flying-fox Forum - Thursday 26 October

Council officers working on flying-fox management issues are encouraged to attend the national event and the NSW Local Government forum the following day. The LG Forum will be a chance for councils to share experiences and identify further opportunities for managing Flying-foxes. Registration to the Local Government Flying-fox Forum is open here, which is a free event for councils. We are also keen to hear from councils who would like to give a short presentation about their experiences and/or projects under the Flying-fox Grants Program.

Further information contact: Rod Hardwick, Flying-fox Project Officer rod.hardwick@lgnsw.org.au or Susy Cenedese susy.cenedese@lgnsw.org.au