The Victorian Government is investing $10 million to establish the Nature Fund.

The Nature Fund will support Victorian conservation projects that can attract co-investment from private or philanthropic groups to ensure their program success and boost outcomes for biodiversity.

Projects supported through the Nature Fund will need to demonstrate their contribution to improving Victoria’s biodiversity and supporting the conservation of Victoria’s threatened species.

The Nature Fund will support projects that advance self-determination for Traditional Owners.

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What kind of projects will be funded?

The Nature Fund will encourage collaboration and partnerships between government business, philanthropy and the community to deliver high standard projects that contribute to improving Victoria’s biodiversity.

The Nature Fund also supports projects that advance self-determination for Victoria’s First People that are also aligned with Biodiversity 2037.

Examples of projects that would be considered include:

  • A project seeking the purchase of private land that provides important habitat for threatened species at risk from ongoing or changed land uses for example lowland native grassland or wetland.
  • Projects which deliver actions that will increase the outlook of Victorian threatened species.
  • Establishing a safe haven on Country in partnership with Traditional Owners to secure medium weight-range fauna species at risk of predation from foxes and feral cats.
  • Establishing a new population of a threatened species on Country from a wild to wild translocation, captive bread (animals) and nursery to wild (plants).

Details on applying to this fund will be made available later in 2022.

More information

For more information, please contact the DELWP Nature Fund Team via naturefund@delwp.vic.gov.au.

Page last updated: 21/06/22