Community Reef Protection Grant Program Stage 1: Citizen Science
The partnership between the Australian Government and Great Barrier Reef Foundation (GBRF) is centred on a landmark investment of $443.3 million to build the resilience of the Great Barrier Reef. This is the largest single government investment in protecting the Reef and its Outstanding Universal Value. Over six years, this investment will support delivery of the Reef Trust Partnership (the Partnership), with project implementation from 2019.
The Partnership includes an investment of $10 million towards activities to engage the broader Community in the protection of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. This contributes to Reef 2050 Plan outcome target to support an informed community that plays a role in protecting the Reef for the benefits a healthy Reef provides for current and future generations.
For the purposes of this program, community is defined as GBR stakeholders broadly including – but not limited to NGO’s, businesses, the scientific community and conservation groups. Traditional Owners form part of the GBR community, however are distinct from ‘stakeholders’ in recognition of their inherent rights, obligations and interests.
‘Empowering people to be part of the solution’ has been identified as a key precursor to building the resilience of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) and Reef-dependent communities in the Great Barrier Reef Blueprint for Resilience.
This first round of competitive grants for community Reef protection activities will help to maintain and build on existing citizen science programs whose performance has been demonstrated in the past, address clearly articulated and demonstrable needs, support collaborative partnerships, and lay the foundations for the longer-term Reef Trust Partnership Investment Strategy.
Projects funded through this grant program must meet the following guidelines:
provide opportunities for engagement of the broader community in the protection of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area through citizen science activities
maintain or build on on-ground delivery capacity for an existing provider with demonstrated experience to deliver on key grant program activities and outcomes, as well as actions relevant to the Reef 2050 Plan which are grounded in robust science
collect data that contributes to and/or builds on existing best-practice citizen science programs operating within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, which enhance critical understanding about the state and recovery of coral reefs and associated ecosystems (such as mangroves, and seagrass), and/or marine diversity information (with a focus on reef health indicator species).
commence by April 2019, with a project duration of up to 2 years to contribute time-sensitive information about Reef health, in particular Reef condition and recovery
demonstrate meaningful partnerships to maximise outcomes – must have a minimum of two collaborative partners contributing to the project
have clear strategy on how to use and report on information, and how to help communities meaningfully engage with information
Projects which provide engagement pathways for Traditional Owners and youth (25 and under) and seek to identify opportunities for external ongoing project funding are encouraged, but not mandatory.
Links to copies of the Grant Guidelines and referenced Safety critical controls self-assessment audits can be found below for reference.