This is the most wonderful time of the year in the coastal calendar.
No, it’s not Christmas, but it is a time when there is a comparative abundance of funding aimed at improving Western Australia’s unique coastal environment.
One of these, is the popular Coastwest funding, which is open now for applications – until noon on Friday, 8 April 2016.
Coastwest funding is available for community groups and coastal land managers who wish to undertake on-ground or capacity-building activities that will contribute to the long-term management of the coastal environment.
Also available to coastal managers is the Coastal Management Plan Assistance Program (CMPAP) and Coastal Adaptation and Protection (CAP) grants, which aim to build capacity of local coastal managers to effectively identify, understand and adapt sustainably to coastal challenges.
For projects of a more technical nature, the Department of Transport offers coastal managers its Coastal Adaptation and Protection (CAP) grants. These are ideal for Coastal Hazard Assessment studies, a first step towards effective planning for future erosion and inundation caused by sea level rise and increasing storm intensity.
And last but definitely not least, is NACC’s Coastal Quick Step grants. The Coastal Quick Step grants are available to community groups that want to undertake coastal restoration or capacity-building projects in their patch.
NACC has approved four projects since the grant round was developed last September and is looking forward to many more project applications in the near future.
Applications are accepted throughout the year for projects up to $2,000. The guidelines, including the application form, can be found on the NACC website.
If you have any questions about NACC’s Quick Step grants program or would like to discuss a project idea, please contact your local Coastal and Marine Project Officer for a chat.