Responsible Wood and our certificate holders are committed to Australian forests and their communities. At Responsible Wood we believe that forest based communities are stronger, healthier and happier when they can connect, understand, access and enjoy their local forests. We want to support building this connection through the 22-23 Responsible Wood Community Grants program.
The 22-23 Responsible Wood Community Grants program supports regional and rural Australian communities create and complete local forest based projects that suits both communities and the forests’ needs. Funding can be used for many different types of forest based projects, and may include; the construction or upgrade of picnic facilities, tracks, interpretive signage, forest rehabilitation or habitat improvement, bushfire related commemorations or forest based art installations.
Responsible Wood is encouraging groups such as, registered charities, Landcare or local environmental organisations, Men’s sheds, local incorporated groups, sporting clubs, art groups, councils, education institutions, registered bike or bushwalking clubs and or Indigenous organisations to come up with some creative ideas about how to better access or enjoy forests and submit a grant application.
The funding available per project is between $2 000 and $15 000 and the applications close on 31st October with the project to be completed by 31st May 2023.
To apply for the grant, you need to complete four steps:
What are the aims and objectives of the Responsible Wood Community Grants program?
The Responsible Wood Community Grants Program aims to enhance the connection and build positive long lasting relationships with local community groups and their local forests and the forest managers, by
Supporting communities undertake projects or activities that better enable physical connection of people and forests or wood products.
Providing an opportunity for communities to leverage funding from a variety of sources to complete forest access or timber utilisation projects that otherwise would not be possible.
Supporting certified forest growers and chain of custody producers to build their relationships with their local communities.
Linking community with Responsible Wood certified forest growers or timber product producers who have Responsible Wood Chain of Custody certification.
Providing an opportunity to promote to local communities the value and benefits of sustainably managed certified forests and wood products.
Supporting the forest industries through promotion of Responsible Wood certification.
Is there a Key Selection Criteria?
Yes, there is a Key Selection Criteria. It is important that you carefully consider and provide answers to the Key Selection Criteria in your application.
Key Selection Criteria
Project idea – What is your idea?
What value does your idea bring, to your group and or the wider community?
What is the name of the local certified forest that you want to either; access, support, improve or promote?
Has the local Responsible Wood certified forest grower or Chain of Custody producer supported this project? If so, please describe their support.
Why do you want to undertake this project?
Are you able to complete your project by May 31st 2023?
Is your project likely to develop any Intellectual property or products?
How will you promote the project to your community and beyond?
Budget – please list all budget items.
Are you working with any other community groups to deliver this project? If so, please describe.
Is this grant part of a co-contribution from another funding source, if so, please describe.
How will my application be judged?
The grant will be judged in a competitive process by three leaders in the forest and timber industries. Where each judge will assess each application and score them based on how your application meets the Responsible Wood project aims. The scores will be compiled, and the highest scoring projects will be awarded the grant funding. The judges’ decision is final. The judges will score each application using the following scoring rubric.
Is there an eligibility checklist?
Yes. Providing a completed signed and dated application checklist is a requirement of the application process. It must be completed and signed by the individual or if an organisation, the organisations president, treasurer or secretary. The checklist can be downloaded here.
What are the Terms and Conditions of the project?
Successful project applicants will need to accept and abide by the project Terms and Conditions. They are included in the Application form.
How are any conflict of interests managed?
A judge must disclose any potential conflict of interest when assessing applications to the other judges. The conflict may include a current membership of the group or living/working close to the forests/communities that may benefit.
A judge who declares a potential conflict is excused from assessing that application as well as the group discussion of that applicant. Where this occurs, the final combined score will be based on the average score of the remaining judges and weighted accordingly so that the applicant will not be disadvantaged.
Who owns any Intellectual Property or other property which is created from the prize?
Any intellectual property or other property which is created from the grant will be owned by the project applicant.
Are projects that can attract funding from other sources encouraged?
Yes, projects that can attract a co-contribution are encouraged.
What can’t be funded?
There are a number of items that can’t be funded, and these are included in the Application form.
What happens if I don’t have the support of the local Responsible Wood certified Forest Grower or Chain of Custody certificate holder?
Support from either your local Responsible Wood certified Forest Grower or Chain of Custody certificate holder is one of the Key Selection Criteria and is important and will be included in the judging of your application. For a list of the Forest Growers and Chain of Custody producers, please refer to the Responsible Wood website. We encourage you to get in touch with your local Forest Grower or Chain of Custody certificate holder early in your project planning phase. If you are unsure of who this is, please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org
Are there any additional requirements that successful applicants must adhere to?
The successful grant winners will be required to provide evidence of the project’s completion and photographs that can be used by Responsible Wood and the forest growers to promote the project and Community Grants Program through their marketing channels.
Any intellectual property or actual property / items created through the program will remain the property of the group or individual and not Responsible Wood. Responsible Wood will reserve the right to promote the project and market any project outcomes.
Any promotion of the project must acknowledge Responsible Wood and the certified forest grower or chain of custody certificate holder.
Successful Grant Recipients Details
Installation of nesting boxes in New South Wales primary schools as part of the B&B Highway – Bed & Breakfasts for Birds, Bees and Biodiversity program.
Cumberland, New South Wales
Friends of the Heysen Trail
Friends of the Heysen Trail The restoration of the popular Rossiter’s Hut, a 19th century shepherd’s hut located along the 1,200 km hiking Heysen Trail.
Pewsey Vale, South Australia
Gippsland Forestry Hub
A forestry career pathway program, working with the local education sector and employment agencies to train, up-skill and promote opportunities for employment.
Human Projectile MTB Club Inc
Installation of bespoke timber furniture in the popular Fox Creek Bike Park located in the Adelaide Hills.
Adelaide Hills, Adelaide
Improvements to the farm forestry and wetland site at Denmark.