Working to Support and Build the Capacity of the Community Sector

Strategic Objective 1

Support and foster relationships with community-based organisations to build their capacity to undertake projects that demonstrate and promote the benefits of protecting and enhancing ecosystems and the sustainable management of natural resources – through brokering connections, mentoring, facilitating investment and grant funding.

NRCL Grants Program- Supporting Community Engagement

The NRCL Grants Program commenced in late 2014. The primary purpose of the grantsScreen Shot 2015-09-03 at 5.02.19 PM program is to provide funds to enable community based organisations working in the Landcare and conservation fields to sustain and build their capacity to formulate, implement and maintain on ground actions that contribute to protecting and enhancing ecosystems and promote sustainable land management. The projects that received funding all focus primarily on building the skills and knowledge of those engaged in this important work.

Current projects:


Charlton Community Forest

NRCL directors and Charlton sign unveilingThe NRCL provided funds in 2013 to the Charlton Landcare
Group to assist with the   protection and enhancement of the Charlton Community Forest. The forest was originally established in 1947 by the forerunner of the NRCL, the Save the Forests Campaign in partnership with the local community. This project has now been completed.


Community Forest 3“Charlton Landcare Group is really appreciative of the support that NRCL has given the
Charlton Community to enable them to become aware of  and be involved in  this wonderful Community Project that began all those years ago. A celebratory gathering , unveiling of the new signage and the planting of understory species in a vacant spot in the Forest area occurred on Sunday 24th September 2017.”

Marion Watts, Charlton Landcare Group

Read more about the project including the unveiling of educational signage at the forest.