Shortlisted EOIs announced
Expressions of interest for proposals seeking $2 million or greater have been assessed. Applicants who have been invited to submit a full application for funding are listed in the document below.
About the Biodiversity Fund
The Biodiversity Fund is an ongoing program under the Australian Government's Land Sector Package of the Clean Energy Future plan. The overall objectives of the Biodiversity Fund are to help land managers establish, manage and enhance native vegetation on their land, increase our stores of carbon in the landscape and, in so doing, maintain ecosystem function and improve the resilience of our ecosystems to the impacts of climate change.
The first investment round of the Biodiversity Fund was deliberately broad in its reach. A targeted investment approach has been announced in Northern Australia and Round Two will extend this targeted approach to a number of priority areas across the country.
The Biodiversity Fund's targeted investment approach provides an opportunity to focus on environments that are rich in biodiversity but facing increasing pressures. Such pressures include loss of habitat connectivity through land use change and declining ecosystem function due to fragmentation and proliferation of invasive species.
The Biodiversity Fund Round Two 2013-14 will invest directly in targeted locations that are considered nationally important owing to their level of species richness and endemism, their potential to support wildlife corridors and their potential to store carbon in the landscape. Many of these areas are threatened by fragmentation and/or invasive species and will benefit from efforts to reconnect the landscape and maintain healthy vegetation.
The Biodiversity Fund Round Two: 2013-14 will focus on projects that improve the condition, extent and connectivity of native vegetation across Australia, in the following areas:
- the Central Australian Connection
- Tasmania (excluding Macquarie Island)
- South-west Western Australia
- South Australia - Victoria Connection
- Greater Border Ranges region
- Urban waterways and Coastal environments
Carbon Farming Initiative
The Biodiversity Fund will continue to invest in projects from applicants proposing to enhance the biodiversity outcomes of their Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI) projects, beyond those achieved by undertaking a project as defined by a CFI methodology, or support projects seeking to access CFI funding in the future. These proposals may be located in any part of Australia.
- Read the guidelines for more information about making an application.
The Biodiversity Fund as part of the National Biodiversity Conservation Prospectus
The National Biodiversity Conservation Prospectus One Land - Many Stories: Prospectus of Investment (the Prospectus), presents the Australian Government's framework for its investment in biodiversity conservation and natural resource management through its two key natural resource management initiatives: the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities Land Sector Package measures (including the Biodiversity Fund) and the Caring for our Country Sustainable Environment stream. The Prospectus outlines the common goals of this suite of programs, the differences in their approaches and priorities, and how they will contribute to improving the conditions of the stated 2013-14 Target Areas.
The Prospectus can be used to identify the investment priorities of each of the Australian Government biodiversity conservation grants programs. With information about the different grant programs available in one document, applicants can assess the program/s that are the most appropriate to support their activities. Program guidelines will be issued separately and should be consulted for more detail on eligibility requirements for any of the programs supporting the Prospectus.