Biolinks Support Grant
Applications open 8 February 2021 (9.00am) -
close 5 March 2021 deadline extended, now closing 19 March 2021 (5.00pm)
Funding up to $10,000 is available to support biolink projects in 2021 and is seeking applications for projects that work to contribute to on-ground biodiversity outcomes through biolinks on private and/or public land, that align with the objectives and actions of the Mornington Peninsula Biodiversity Conservation Plan. Projects must be completed within 12 months of receipt of funding and a full report on project outcomes provided back to Council.
What is a Biolink?
A biolink, also known as a habitat corridor, links separate habitat patches and aims to support biodiversity by:
- Reducing fragmentation by building upon and ultimately connecting habitat patches that have been subdivided, reduced and/or isolated.
- Providing habitat for wildlife that can persist in narrow corridors, or use them for foraging, breeding or sheltering.
- Providing pathways for individual animals to move between patches.
- Facilitating genetic exchange between populations in isolated habitat patches, therefore reducing their risk of local extinction.
- Enabling recolonisation of patches where species are locally extinct.
- Enabling species to disperse to areas with more suitable climatic conditions in the face of climate change.
Biolinks have been found to effectively increase movement between patches for a broad range of species. Species that cannot move through unsuitable habitat or that rely upon metapopulation dynamics to recolonise habitat following population declines, are thought to benefit considerably from biolinks.
The Shire has developed a biolink decision support tool which will provide the key mechanism for assessment of applications in areas of:
- Criteria for site values and suitability.
- Community and economic considerations.
- Feasibility and effectiveness.
- Monitoring and reporting.
An Assessment Panel will consider all eligible applications at the close of the funding round. Applicants will be advised of the Panel's decision in April 2021.
To be eligible for consideration for funding, the project/activity must:
- Take place within the Mornington Peninsula Shire Local Government area.
- Be completed within 12 months of funding.
- Incorporated bushland friends groups, Landcare groups, and other interested not for profit community groups that have an understanding of biolinks and capacity to undertake the project.
- Maximum of two application per organisation can be accepted (not the same project). Projects previously funded by Council are eligible if it is for an expansion of the existing project.
- Applicants must have the appropriate type and level of insurance for the activities that are the subject of this grant.
- Does not owe any money or reports (acquittal) as a result of previous Shire funding or grants.
- ABN and incorporation status must be identified in application.
Refer to the Guidelines(PDF, 251KB) information to understand more about the Biolinks Support Grants.
If you have any queries, please contact the Team Leader Natural Systems at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications open 9am, Monday 8 February 2021.
Apply online through the Smartygrants platform.