Volunteers boost natural resources management

Volunteer groups with an interest in caring for Western Australia's natural resources can now apply for grants to grow their capability through the State Natural Resource Management (NRM) program.

Agriculture and Food Minister Ken Baston said new Community Capability Grants were now open to provide vital support to groups that were committed to protecting and enhancing the State's natural assets.

"This new initiative helps recognise the importance of capable and well organised not-for-profit organisations to support the efforts of NRM volunteers," Mr Baston said.

"Maintaining and strengthening the 'human capital' and capability of community NRM groups is critically important and not easily addressed through other funding sources.

"These grants will help groups to achieve outcomes that benefit the environment and all West Australians."

The State Government has allocated $9.2 million over three years for the grants scheme, including $7.364 million through Royalties for Regions.

Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the grants would support community-based, not-for-profit NRM organisations to access services or resources to improve the governance and management performance of their organisations.

"Significant NRM outcomes have been achieved since the program began in 2009 and I am pleased Royalties for Regions continues supporting the vital work carried out by local groups across the State," Mr Redman said.

"This is another example of Royalties for Regions investing in community-based projects to support a better quality of life in regional WA and enable regions to grow and contribute to a stronger economy."

The Community Capability Grants offer two funding options: large projects more than $10,000 and up to $1 million, with a time frame of up to two and a half years; small projects between $1,000 and $10,000, with a time frame of up to 12 months.

  • Online applications for the grants are now open at
  • The grants are part of a $24 million funding commitment over three years towards State Natural Resource Management
  • Applications for large projects close on January 18, 2016, while applications for small projects close on May 30, 2016, unless fully subscribed