New $750,000 Friends of Parks grants program launches

Conservation work across South Australia’s national parks and reserves will get a $750,000 boost with a new grants program to be delivered by the Marshall Liberal Government in partnership with the Friends of Parks (FoP) South Australia Board.

The program has two funding streams, a FoP Small Grants Program, which will provide grants of up to $5,000 and a FoP Partnership Grants Program which provides grants of up to $25,000 to deliver practical on the ground conservation works.

The funding will go towards activities such as pest plant and animal control, revegetation, habitat restoration, site maintenance and wildlife monitoring and survey work. Works can be carried out across coastal systems, inland waterways and wetlands, and may include European or Aboriginal heritage site maintenance, protection or restoration.

The FoP organisation was established more than 30 years ago and currently has 135 member groups statewide (both full and affiliates), who collectively contribute many thousands of hours of volunteer work.

Grant applications for the Small Grants Program are now open, with applications for the Partnership Grants due to open in the coming weeks.

To find out more visit www.environment.sa.gov.au/grants