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NPWS Friends of Parks Grant Programs

In recognition of the significant work undertaken by Friends of Parks groups supporting South Australia’s national parks and conservation programs, the Minister for Environment and Water announced a substantial increase in funding with two new grant programs; the Friends of Parks – Small Grants Program, and the Friends of Parks – Partnership Grants Program, with a total of $750,000 available across the two grant programs in 2021-22. This funding will help groups to undertake a range of threat abatement, biodiversity conservation, Aboriginal cultural heritage and European heritage projects in the state’s national parks and reserves, and includes off-park landscape-scale threatened species or other eligible projects. These programs replace the former Volunteer Support Grants Program.

Partnership Grants Program

To achieve larger-scale on ground outcomes, a separate NPWS Friends of Parks – Partnership Grants Program with a total of $500,000 available in 2021-22. This grant program provides an opportunity for registered Friends groups to partner with other volunteer or NGO conservation organizations such as Trees for Life, Nature Foundation, or a Local Action Planning (LAP) group to achieve more sizeable or complex project outcomes. Grants of up to $25,000 per year are available to be completed within three years. 

Applications for the Partnerships Grants Program are now open, and will close at midnight, Sunday 31 October.

Download the guidelines and application form.

For more information, view the frequently asked questions.

Small Grants Program

The NPWS Friends of Parks - Small Grants Program is offering grants up to $5,000 per application to registered Friends of Parks member groups with a total of $250,000 available in 2021-22. Projects must be completed within 12 months. Groups may submit more than one application per year. 

Applications for the Small Grants Program have now closed.

For eligibility or specific grant application questions please contact Volunteer and Visitor Programs staff at: DEWVolunteers@sa.gov.au or telephone 8124 4838.

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