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Support from non-government organisations
A number of non-government organisations (NGOs) provide support to regional NRM bodies, community groups and individuals.
While some are included on the searchable incentives database, others (like those listed below) have a less structured program or are only available in select regional areas.
Australian Bush Heritage Fund
Bush Heritage is a national, independent, non-profit organisation committed to preserving Australia's biodiversity by protecting the bush. It is Australia's most widely supported national organisation dedicated to protecting species and habitats through the creation of reserves on private land. For example, in Queensland they have established a four hectare reserve at Currumbin, a 59 000 hectare reserve at Carnarvon, another 593 hectare reserve nearby and an eight hectare reserve in Far North Queensland. For more information visit the Australian Bush Heritage website.
Australian Conservation Foundation
The Australian Conservation Foundation manages a searchable volunteer opportunity database where people interested in volunteering in natural resource management can search for vacant positions. Organisations looking for volunteers for a project can advertise their vacant volunteer positions on this database.
Birds Australia is dedicated to the conservation and study of Australia's native birds and habitats. Birds Australia purchases land with high conservation significance to Australasian birds and their habitats. At present, there are no Birds Australia reserves in Queensland.
The group also conducts surveys and research on relevant conservation issues.
Conservation Volunteers Australia
Conservation Volunteers Australia is Australia's largest conservation organisation, managing over 2000 projects each year.
Conservation Volunteers Australia works in partnership - bringing together the wider Australian community with partner agencies, as well as linking the community to our corporate and government support programs. Whether it is extra volunteers or skills needed or simply support with how to safely and professionally undertake your own activities, Conservation Volunteers Australia can help.
Visit the Conservation Volunteers Australia website for contact information for the Queensland offices.
Greening Australia works with the community to protect and restore the health and diversity of Australia's landscape, and provides services and advice for environmental projects and training for land holders.
The group also arranges community activities (e.g. tree planting days) and can help mobilise volunteers for other events.
Landcare Australia builds partnerships between communities, industry and government to care for Australia's environment now and for the future. The organisation can help identify individual projects that are suitable for corporate sponsorship. A sponsorship kit is available on the Landcare Australia website to assist environmental groups looking to attract corporate sponsorship.
Landcare Australia offers several funding opportunities for community and landcare groups and provides links to other funding sources.
Perpetual philanthropic services
Perpetual is trustee of a large number of charitable trusts and foundations. Income from these trusts and foundations are distributed annually to support a wide range of charitable purposes and projects in the community. Some of these foundations support environmental projects.
Some trusts have specific limitations and Perpetual will ensure the proposal is considered by all appropriate trusts and foundations. This also enables proposals to be supported by more than one trust or foundation.
Proposals for funding from charitable trusts and foundations managed by Perpetual must be submitted using the online application form. There is no need to address a specific trust when submitting the online form.
Rural Skills Australia
Rural Skills Australia is a non-profit organisation increasing the skills base of rural industries.
The group promotes new apprenticeships in the agriculture, horticulture and veterinary nursing industries. In Queensland, traineeships are also available in conservation and land management. Incentives or allowances are available to organisations that employee trainees.
For more information email Rural Skills Australia or call them on 07 3221 4850.
The Poola Foundation
The Poola Foundation support positive and practicial environment and social justice projects that lead to a more sustainable, just and peaceful world.
The foundation does not accept unsolicited applications; however the group is open to information about specific organisations and activities. Successful organisations are contacted if appropriate funding becomes available.
The foundation can be contacted on 03 9348 2122 or email The Poola Foundation.
Wetland Care Australia
Wetland Care Australia helps landholders maintain and improve their wetlands. The group's advisors have extensive experience in wetland management in agricultural settings, and can provide guidance on everything from professinoal consultancies in wetland assessment to design and costing of rehabilitation works.
Wetland Care Australia is the only national organisation that focuses on practical wetland repair.
Wild Mob is a not-for-profit, non-political organisation that provides volunteers the opportunity to work on meaningful environmental projects in remote and iconic Australian destinations.
The organisation is dedicated to protecting Australia’s unique biodiversity through practical conservation and rehabilitation programs. Volunteers can expect a balanced mix of environmental work, biodiversity education and time to enjoy their natural surroundings.
Last updated 07 January 2011