#Expression of Interest GBRF048: Traditional Owner Integrated Monitoring and Reporting Pilot Project

Reef Trust Partnership

The Traditional Owner Integrated Monitoring and Reporting Program is an opportunity for Reef Traditional Owners to lead the monitoring of their culture and heritage values. 

Under the Reef Trust Partnership, Traditional Owners have been working hard with the Great Barrier Reef Foundation to co-design a program that will successfully implement and test the Strong Peoples-Strong Country monitoring program in your own community.

This is a great opportunity for Great Barrier Reef Traditional Owner groups to get involved in a Traditional Owner approach to monitoring, reporting and sharing data about your culture and heritage values.

Applications open Wednesday 22 September 2021 and close 11:59pm (AEST) Monday 1 November 2021. 

Applications must be emailed to applications@barrierreef.org using the Application Form provided.

Information Session:

At 11am (AEST) Wednesday 13 October 2021, an online information session will be held via a webinar to provide an overview of the process, documents, and expectations as well as to answer questions from potential applicants.

Questions can be emailed to grants@barrierreef.org. Questions emailed by Monday 11 October 2021 will be addressed during the information session where possible.

Register Here 

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#FAQs - Citizen Science for Change Grants

Reef Trust Partnership

Do grants under the Enduring Change stream have to include an on-ground community action component?

On-ground action is explicitly required for major projects. Other projects could focus on translation of data for impact (building ways for info to help inform action) or include direct application in on-ground action. Projects can use/leverage the data collected as part of the previous project (and help collect more data).

Is it the expectation that activities under this grant stream should be community-led and not practice change on private land?

Landholder practice change focused on privately owned land with limited broader community engagement is not eligible in this grant round (see page 6 of the Grant Guidelines).

The Grant Guidelines indicate “Applicants may only apply to lead one project”. Does “Applicant” mean institution or researcher?

Applicant in the case of an institution would mean a researcher or project (therefore multiple projects may be submitted from a larger institution).

Our project idea focuses on reducing local threats, not direct action to reduce climate change. Is it eligible in this grant round?

The frame of the grant round is around community-led action to build resilience to climate change. This may include collecting and applying citizen science information that focuses on local threats as one pathway to build resilience, but the application should clearly indicate how it delivers on that goal.

Can we include new partners in the application for the Enduring Change grant stream?

Applications under the Enduring Change projects may include new activities and partners working with the original proponent. The Enduring Change project stream is intended for building on projects with strong demonstrated outcomes from the initial citizen science grant round to enable high-impact activities aligned with this grant round goal. This may for example include expanding partners, activities or geographic scope.

Is a tool to improve data collection and can make it easier for community members to collect data in the future eligible for a grant if it does not include community engagement in this phase of the project?

Given the nature of the citizen science grants, there is an expectation that there are opportunities for broader community engagement included within the project timeframe.

Our project team is not a legal entity and is hosted by another organiation. Can the host organisation and our hosted project both apply separately in this grant round?

The eligibility check will use ABNs to assess if an entity has applied for more than one project. This restriction for the number of project applications is intended to encourage applicants to put forward their most compelling and impactful project for the grant round. Given the complex partnership approach in the Reef sector, if there is a clear separate governance structure in place for managing the project/partnership, then more than one application per ABN may be eligible. This will be considered on a case by case basis, so please reach out to discuss in advance via grants@barrierreef.org.

Under ineligible criteria (Guidelines page 6), what does it mean that ineligible projects are 'Projects that have commenced prior to funding allocation under this grant program'?

The funding request cannot retroactively cover costs for project activities. The funding request can include funding for discrete activities and outcomes for a program that is ongoing.

What are the geographic boundaries for grant activities?

Investment under the Reef Trust Partnership grants is for improving and protecting the health of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area (GBRWHA) and can include activities in the Park and on-ground work in adjacent Reef catchments.