$1.185million WIRES Landcare Australia Wildlife Relief and Recovery Grants

WIRES and Landcare Australia are delighted to announce the recipients of the recent grants campaign. To read the media release announcement, please click here.

WIRES Landcare Australia Wildlife Relief & Recovery Grants 2020 Successful Grant Recipients:

State Group Project Name
ACT Landcare ACT Wildlife recovery in the ACT
NSW Angourie Community Coastcare Angourie-Wooloweyah Environmental Restoration
NSW Back to Country Numeralla wildlife refuge restoration
NSW Bangalow Koalas INC. Bangalow Koalas Community Wildlife Corridor
NSW Border Ranges Richmond Valley Landcare Network Supporting recovery of arboreal mammals in fire affected Rappville and surrounds
NSW Brunswick Valley Landcare Inc Wildlife Safe Havens
NSW Condobolin & Districts Landcare Management Committee Inc Tree and Shrub Planting
NSW Envite Land for Wildlife bushfire corridor recovery
NSW Granite Borders Landcare Committee Incorporated Habitat Restoration – Quoll Headquarters Conservation Area
NSW Gunning District Landcare Mates of the Mundoonen: A citizen science project working to protect the wildlife that call the Mundoonen home.
NSW Hastings Landcare Incorporated Post Fire Koala Habitat Recovery Program-Hastings Region
NSW Hunter Region Landcare Network Wildlife Corridors on Farms
NSW Jaliigirr Biodiversity Alliance inc Friends of Wonga Forest improving wildlife refuges in the Jaliigirr Landscape
NSW Landcare Illawarra Seedbank plantings
NSW Lower Paterson River Landcare Lower Paterson River Riparian Habitat Restoration Project. Stage 1.
NSW Macleay Landcare Network Wildlife habitat recovery in the Macleay
NSW Manning Landcare Inc Lessons from Rumba Dump – Reclaiming Habitat & Biodiversity in Killabakh, NSW.
NSW Murrumbidgee Landcare Inc Shelter-belts – Environmental Connectivity
NSW Nangandie Pastoral Company Greenhatch Creek – Shelter Belt Enhancement & Establishing Corridors to Remnant White Box Vegetation – Stage 1
NSW Nature Conservation Council of NSW Motherland, Mt Hyland Wildlife Recovery
NSW Peelwood Limerick Tuena Landcare Group Restore dieback habitat and secure wildlife refuge points
NSW Rainforest 4 Foundation Ltd Rainforest Rangers: Bushfires, Rainforests, and Recovery
NSW Rollands Plains Landcare Riparian habitat protection plus shade and habitat trees on Clarefield
NSW Science for Wildlife Engaging the community for targeted koala conservation after fire
NSW Shoalhaven Landcare Association Inc Assisting Habitat Restoration Post-Fire across the Shoalhaven
NSW Tweed Landcare Inc Terragon bushfire relief and recovery project
NSW Upper Mooki Landcare Inc. Nombi Creek – Garrawilla Creek Riparian Restoration
NSW Upper Spring Creek Landcare Incorporated Support and Survival – Western Sydney Dry Rainforest Habitat
NSW Weddin Landcare Steering Committee Incorporated Habitat Restoration at Vaughn’s Dam Reserve
NSW Wollombi Valley Landcare Group Inc Wollombi Area Post Fire Recovery Project
QLD Beechmont District Landcare Association Riparian Refuge-Headwaters Back Creek (BC) Akoonah Timbarra Reserve (ATR)
QLD Bunya Bunya Country Aboriginal Corporation Traditional Owners Caring for Peregian wildlife & habitat bushfires effected conservation areas (Sunshine Coast)
QLD Friends of Land for Wildlife Toowoomba Region Inc High Country Hamlets – Casuarinas for Cockies
QLD Noosa & District Landcare Group Inc Nest Boxes for Fire Affected Wildlife in the Noosa and Cooloola Region.
QLD Numinbah Valley Environmental Education Centre P&C Linking Springbrook National Park and Lamington National Park
QLD Queensland Trust for Nature Water and homes for wildlife: Drought proofing Koala Crossing
QLD The Scout Association of Australia – Queensland Branch – Albany Creek Scout Group Habitat Heroes – Community Environmental Project
SA Arid Recovery Rebuilding after drought – restoring populations of endangered arid zone species
SA Coomandook Agricultural Bureau Recovering from the Carcuma & Coonaplyn Bushfires – the forgotten fires
SA Eco – Action Kangaroo Island Eco Action after the Fires – Kangaroo Island Wildlife Recovery project
SA Friends of Black Hill & Morialta Inc Morialta threatened species habitat protection
SA Friends of Charleston Conservation Park Bring Back the Banksias!
SA Friends of Coorong National Park Rehabilitation of critical Malleefowl habitat at Bunbury Conservation Park, SA.
SA Goolwa to Wellington Local Action Planning Association Restoring and creating habitat in the Cudlee Creek fire zone
SA Kangaroo Island Conservation Landowners Association Capacity building in nature conservation skills for Kangaroo Island landholders
SA Kangaroo Island Wildlife Network Monitoring bats and pygmy-possums during bushfire recovery on Kangaroo Island
SA Mid Murray Landcare SA Nectar Plants and Nest Boxes
SA Mid Torrens Catchment Group Cudlee Creek Bushfire Recovery 2020
SA Trees For Life Inc Recovering the Land We Love
SA Upper River Torrens Landcare Group Restoring habitat in the Adelaide Hills
TAS Tasmanian Land Conservancy Building community and landscape resilience in the Central Highlands: reducing key threats post-bushfire.
VIC Bass Coast Landcare Network From blaze to biodiversity – restoration of the Grantville Nature Conservation Reserve
VIC East Gippsland Landcare Network Assessing landscape-scale impacts of bushfires on platypus using environmental DNA and citizen scientists.
VIC Far East Victoria Landcare Inc Local Communities monitoring wildlife response to fire recovery in East Gippsland stage 1.
VIC Friends of the Upper Nicholson Catchment Inc (FUNCi) Friend or feral: a FUNCi foray
VIC Greta Valley Landcare Group Enhancing habitat on Fifteen Mile Creek
VIC Habitat Restoration Fund Genoa Catchment Rehabilitation Project
VIC River-Run Tree Group Inc Restoring, Protecting and Sustaining biodiversity and habitats at Thwarts Hill.
VIC Upper Loddon & Avoca Landcare Network Providing habitat in the face of climate change.
VIC Upper Murray Landcare Network Bushfire recovery of land, water and vegetation in the Upper Murray
VIC Victorian National Parks Association Community monitoring wildlife recovery after bushfire in Eastern Victoria
VIC Yarram Yarram Landcare Network Holey Plains State Park Bushfire Recovery: Creating New Habitat on Farmland
WA Friends of the Western Ground Parrot Inc Searching for Western Ground Parrots (Kyloring)- retrieving critical data
WA Leschenault Catchment Council Inc Collie River Eaton Possum Sanctuary



The Landcare Australia and WIRES partnership is all about implementing immediate response, recovery and resilience building projects for wildlife in bushfire and drought impacted communities across Australia.

The grants program will provide networks and groups additional support to coordinate and fund projects to maximise the impact of their contribution to recovery efforts and strengthen outcomes for wildlife.


  • Improved outcomes for wildlife following devastating bushfires and drought across Australia, aligned with key government response priorities
  • Local communities supported to undertake priority short to medium-term wildlife support and associated habitat rehabilitation projects

NOTE: funding through this grants program is not available for pest animal control.

If you have a proposed activity that is not listed in the above list you must be able to demonstrate the need for the activity and the expected outcome relating to wildlife recovery, post bushfire and/or in drought-impacted areas.

A full copy of the Guidelines and Criteria is available HERE.

COVID-19: be mindful that holding community events, workshops and some of your usual landcare activities, where groups of people will be in close proximity, may not be feasible under the current restrictions. Applicants may wish to consider below alternatives:

  • Webinars
  • Online Videos and Podcasts series hosted on Landcarer
  • Social distancing planning/site visits
  • Camera trap monitoring identification and support

Please see WIRES webpage to see how wildlife carers can manage COVID-19 restrictions.

Watch the instructional videos below on how to apply:

Funding Available

A total pool of $1,185,000 of funding is available for the WIRES – Landcare Wildlife Relief & Recovery Grants 2020.

Eligible applicants are invited to apply for grants of up to $20,000 (ex GST)

For projects that require funding over $20K, larger joint projects, and major landscape-scale recovery projects, please contact Landcare Australia to discuss your options.  [email protected] or (02) 8440 8819.

Key dates

Applications open: Thursday 2nd April, 2020
Applications close: Thursday 30th April, 2020 (3pm AEST)
Successful applicants notified: End of May, 2020
Progress update: Friday 27th November, 2020
Final Report due and project completed: Friday 18th June, 2021



Landcare Australia will consider your application if:

  • Your landcare groups, networks, or community environmental organisations (e.g. Bushcare, ‘Friends Of’ etc) are undertaking works in an area affected by drought or bushfire in 2019 or 2020, and
  • Your project is directly-related to the implementation of bushfire- or drought-related wildlife recovery activities, such as:
    • survey and impact assessment
    • targeted research and citizen science
    • wildlife care (food, water, protection etc.)
    • habitat restoration (including nest boxes, hollows, revegetation, etc.)
    • revegetation, shelterbelts and fences
    • protecting waterways and managing erosion
    • managing weeds (including related training and workshops)
    • working with Traditional Owner groups
    • protection and management of unburnt areas and refuges for drought and fire-affected wildlife
    • seed collection and plant propagation
    • contractors: e.g. researchers, surveyors, arborists, fencers etc.
    • tools equipment and infrastructure (shipping containers, pumps, water tanks etc.)

If you have a proposed activity that is not listed in the above list you must be able to demonstrate the need for the activity and the expected outcome relating to wildlife recovery, post bushfire and/or in drought-impacted areas.

Other conditions:

  • Projects to be undertaken in the next 12 months
  • Projects can be conducted on public or private land (where permission granted)
  • Multiple applications per group may be considered
  • Joint applications and community partnerships are strongly encouraged

Ineligible organisations

The following organisations are ineligible to apply:

  • Unincorporated groups*
  • Commonwealth statutory authorities
  • State, Territory or Local Governments
  • Government NRM organisations
  • Schools, pre-schools and education providers
  • Not for profits operating at a nationwide level
  • Universities and research institutions.

*Unincorporated groups should apply with an auspicing body (e.g. local Landcare group). If you need support with this process, please get in touch with the Grants Team ([email protected] /(02) 8440 8819).

Landcare Australia wish to support as many good projects as possible and therefore if your organisation is ineligible we encourage your organisation to work as supporting co-contributors for applications with a local Landcare group.

CLICK HERE to find your nearest group, or get in touch with the Grants Team via [email protected] / (02) 8440 8819

Frequently Asked Questions

Does my group need an ABN to receive a grant?

Yes, however if your group does not have an ABN you can arrange for an affiliated group with an ABN (e.g. local council) to receive the grant funds on your behalf.

Does the grant include GST?

Yes, however not all groups are eligible to receive GST. Check whether your group is eligible to receive GST here.

Independent advice should be sought if you are unsure. Please ensure your budget does not exceed the total grant funding stipulated in the guidelines. Funds will be transferred to the applicant’s nominated bank account if deemed successful.

Where is the funding coming from?

Landcare Australia is working with WIRES to provide funding for landcare projects in fire affected areas.

For a full list of FAQs please click here.

How to apply

Groups can apply for the WIRES – Landcare Wildlife Relief & Recovery Grants 2020 on the Landcare Australia Communities Portal until Thursday 30th April, 2020 (3pm AEST).

To submit an application:

  1. Login to the Landcare Australia Communities Portal. If you have applied for a grant on the portal in the past, your username will be your email address. If you have not applied for a grant before, you can register as a user here.
  2. Click on ‘WIRES – Landcare Wildlife Relief & Recovery Grants 2020‘.
  3. Click on ‘Create Application’.
  4. If you wish to leave a partially completed application, press ‘Save’ and log out. You can log back in and continue to edit your application form until you are ready to submit.
  5. To submit your application, select the ‘Is application complete?’ checkbox and press ‘Submit my application’.
  6. You will receive a confirmation email when your application has been successfully submitted. If you do not receive an email, please ensure you check your junk mail.

For questions about the online application call (02) 8440 8819 or email [email protected]

Terms and Conditions

The funding for this grant will be administered by Landcare Australia. Before receiving funding, you will be required to agree to the standard terms and conditions.

Funding out to groups

Landcare Australia will continue to raise funds for bushfire affected communities, and welcome Expressions of Interest after the closing date.

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