Apply for natural resource funding

Round 3 – open

Applications for Round 3 of the Natural Resources Recovery Program are now open.

The Natural Resources Recovery Program (NRRP) has up to $10 million in funding available per year to eligible Queensland-based natural resource management organisations for projects that promote sustainable outcomes and innovation for land resources.

The program builds on the success of the Natural Resources Investment Program, with a focus on sustainable land management and regional prosperity by investing in our land and vegetation resources, our regions, and science. The NRRP will ensure that funds go to regions and activities not completely supported by other grant programs.

Eligible applicants

To be eligible for funding under the Natural Resources Recovery Program, applicants must be a:

  • not-for-profit organisation (we require you to provide evidence of your not-for-profit status when you apply)
  • and
  • Queensland-based natural resource management organisation.

If your organisation is not eligible, you may collaborate with other eligible groups on projects.

Eligible projects

Projects must support at least 1 of the 3 program priorities and deliver the associated program outcome, as detailed in the application guidelines (PDF, 425KB).

Projects must be no longer than 4 years and must comply with relevant Commonwealth, state, territory and local authority laws.

Program priorities

Priority 1—Land

We want to improve landscape resilience and ability to respond to natural disasters and climate change.

The project needs to focus on improving:

  • soil health and land condition
  • the condition and extent of native vegetation (woody and non-woody).

Priority 2—Stakeholders

We want to support stakeholders to adopt sustainable practice management and drive regional economies.

The project needs to focus on improving:

  • improving education, facilitation and collaboration
  • creating valued and enduring partnerships built with First Nations people.

Priority 3—Data

We want to develop an understanding of the state of natural resources through monitoring and evaluation.

The project needs to focus on improving natural resource management decision making through effective interventions and utilisation of data.

Key dates

  • Applications for Round 3 opened Monday 4 December 2023.
  • Applications for Round 3 closes 5pm, Monday 26 February 2024.
  • Successful applicants notified by June 2024.

Available funding

There are 2 different funding options that organisations can apply for.

Regional recovery projects

Organisations can apply for up to $4,000,000 over 4 years. Projects must be completed by 30 June 2028.

Regional recovery projects should:

  • involve on-ground works that will deliver against program outcomes (see Table 2 of the Application guidelines)
  • collaborate with regional stakeholders (First Nations people, natural resource management groups) to share knowledge, improve links and gain efficiencies in delivering projects across regions
  • leverage other sources of funding (where possible)
  • utilise the statewide indicator framework (SWIF) (PDF, 770KB) to measure the achievements of project outcomes (where possible).

Organisations can make multiple applications for funding, but each application must be made on a separate form.

Regional coordination and evaluation projects

Organisations can apply for up to $150,000 per year over 4 years (applications for more than this amount may be considered on a case-by-case basis). Projects must be completed by 30 June 2028.

Regional coordination and evaluation (RCE) projects, where possible, should:

  • not involve on-ground works (with the exception of monitoring)
  • collaborate with regional stakeholders (First Nations people, natural resource management groups) to share knowledge, improve links and gain efficiencies in delivering projects across regions
  • retain and build capacity within the organisation to establish and maintain monitoring, evaluation, reporting and improvement via SWIF (PDF, 770KB)
  • contribute to the statewide data set to enable new insights and long-term outcome monitoring.

Only 1 RCE project can be approved for each organisation.

How to apply

  1. Read the application documents:
  2. Check your eligibility (refer to the Application guidelines (PDF, 425KB)).
  3. Download the project plan template (XLSX, 307KB).

Apply now

The Department of Resources will assess each application against the assessment criteria as set out in the Application guidelines and approve projects based on technical merit. The number of projects awarded is dependent on the amount of funding available and the quality and quantity of applications.

Successful applicants will require, or already have access to, an ARC GIS account.

Organisations can receive feedback about their applications when the assessment round has been finalised and all applicants have been notified about the outcome.

Contact us or request support

For more information about the program, or if you have further questions, email nrrp@resources.qld.gov.au.

Withdraw your application

If you wish to withdraw your application, email nrrp@resources.qld.gov.au.