VRAN Community Grants 2021

21 December 2020

VRAN are inviting community groups and organisations working in rabbit management to apply for their new grant program for 2021.

VRAN have grants up to $5,000 to help community groups and organisations to raise awareness of the rabbit issue and best practice control methods.

The aim of the VRAN COMMUNITY GRANTS 2021 is to support coordinated, community-led action across Victoria. VRAN wants to provide community groups with an opportunity to improve their rabbit management programs so they can:

  • increase land managers awareness and use of best practice rabbit management
  • increase the level of community participation and effectiveness of on-ground rabbit control across Victoria
  • provide an opportunity for community groups to deliver innovative programs that raise community awareness on best practice rabbit control and showing the need for effective control of rabbits in our environment

How to apply

The Funding Guidelines provide all the details of the VRAN COMMUNITY GRANTS 2021.

We encourage you to review the guidelines before completing the VRAN Community Grants Application Form.

To apply  for the grant program submit your application to the Grant Coordinator, victorianrabbitactionnetwork@gmail.com


Applications open 21 December 2020
Applications close 29 January 2021, 5pm ADEST
Successful applicants notified 5 February 2021
Project completion and final reports submitted 5 April 2021

How much can I apply for?

Applications are sought for projects requiring funding from $2,000 to $5,000 (ex GST). This is a competitive process and not all grants received will necessarily receive funding or the entire funding. Total grant funding pool is $70,000.

What will the VRAN Community Grants Program fund?

For the project to be successful, applicants must demonstrate in their submission how they address some or all of the following assessment criteria:

  • Impact and capacity: Projects that encourage the of building community capacity on best practice rabbit management techniques.

Projects that encourage community/workplaces to plan a best practice rabbit management program. VRAN would like to see projects that plan for and have a high likelihood of having an ongoing place in your community’s/workplace’s efforts to control rabbit population. You should also consider how you will share your project with others in your community or networks.

  • Coordination and collaboration: Projects that will build productive relationships and partnerships across the people and groups that manage rabbits, including between community, government agencies, school groups, absentee landholders, Landcare groups and Traditional Owner groups.
  • Community-led: Projects that demonstrate a commitment to community engagement principles for the purpose of building community-led action on rabbits.

What will the VRAN Community Grants Program not fund?

The grants will not support:

  • On-ground works e.g. rabbit control programs, purchasing baits or biological control, purchasing of equipment, warren ripping or fumigation.
  • The purchase of goods for competitions, prizes or alcohol for any events.
  • Capital purchase: e.g. GPS units, computers, smoker equipment.
  • The hosting of events or developing material that promote methods that are not best practice rabbit management.

Who is eligible?

Applications are welcome from community members, volunteers and professionals interested in leading rabbit management, whether it be through a community or farming group, Landcare, government agency, Catchment Management Authority or another organisation with responsibilities in land management.

To be eligible for funding, your agency or community group will need to be an incorporated body or have a sponsor partner or agency that is incorporated.

Joint applications and partnerships between regions and Local Government Areas are also encouraged. Payments will not be made to individuals.

If you have applied for VRAN funding before you are welcome to apply again.

What are you waiting for? Apply now!



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