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Calling Forest Groups, Responsible Wood 2023 Community Grants

More than $140,000 has already been allocated to Australian community groups connected to Responsible Wood-certified forests.


Mon 04 Sep 23

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The Responsible Wood Community Grants program is back, and it is looking to build on the success of last year’s program. 

Launched today, the program supports local communities in developing, designing and implementing community-based projects with local Responsible-Wood-certified forest managers and certificate holders.

For 2023/24, Responsible Wood will provide grants of between $2,000 and $15,000 to community groups across Australia, with a total of $40,000 to be made available for the program.

After three years in charge, the program has a new Project Manager, Wood Central Publisher Jason Ross, replacing Megan Graham as Community Grants Project Coordinator.

He is excited to be involved with the program in what he said is “one of Australia’s most successful forest community initiatives.”

It is a return of sorts for Mr Ross, who spent four years as Responsible Wood’s Marketing and Communications Officer and was actively involved in designing the program.

“When we designed the program, we had no idea how successful it would become,” he said.

Since its launch in August 2020, the Responsible Wood Community Grants Program has connected with more than 50 community groups connected to Australian-certified forests.

“This year, we anticipate applications from Indigenous organisations, Landcare or local environmental organisations, Men’s sheds and registered bike or bushwalking clubs,” Mr Ross said.

“We are also excited to see applications from sporting clubs, art clubs, councils, education institutions, locally incorporated groups, and councils.”

Last year, the program funded various projects from across Australia, with nominations received from community groups in every state or territory.

Mr Ross said the scope for the community projects is open, encouraging communities to think about their needs, consult with a Responsible Wood-certified Forest grower, develop a project idea, and apply by November 3, 2023.

“If you have a project, please contact us, and we will connect you with a Responsible Wood certified forest manager or certified holder,” Mr Ross said.

“All applicants need to be supported or sponsored by a Responsible Wood-certified forest manager or certificate holder, and we can encourage partner contributions where appropriate.”

Funding can be used on forest-based projects, including the construction or upgrade of recreational facilities, interpretive signage, forest rehabilitation or habitat improvement projects, bushfire-related commemorations, forest-based art installations and other events.

Mr Ross said the scope for the community projects is open, encouraging communities to think about their needs, consult with a Responsible Wood-certified Forest grower, develop a project idea, and apply by November 3, 2023.

Responsible Wood now has a dedicated section on its website for Community Grants, and Mr Ross urges all Responsible Wood members, certificate holders and community groups to review the website for more information.

“The website is an invaluable resource; it includes information about the application process, the key selection criteria, information about past recipients and an extensive frequently asked questions page,” he said.  

Tony Bartlett, Responsible Wood Chair, will head the judging panel, which includes Jacquie Martin, CEO of Forestry Australia, who will assess and judge all applicants.

The key dates include:
  • September 4 – November 3: The formal application process opens
  • In early December, applicants will be notified of their application status
  • Early February – formal announcement of successful recipients
  • May 31, 2024, projects are developed and completed

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  • Wood Central

    Wood Central is Australia’s first and only dedicated platform covering wood-based media across all digital platforms. Our vision is to develop an integrated platform for media, events, education, and products that connect, inform, and inspire the people and organisations who work in and promote forestry, timber, and fibre.

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