Community Advisor Grants

Helping residents have their say on local development.

Later this year the Glenaladale community will be asked to contribute to the environmental assessment of the proposed Fingerboards Mineral Sands Project.

The pilot Community Advisor Grant Program will enable locals to access legal expertise to understand and contribute to the Environment Effects Statement (EES) process. The EES is a key process in determining if the proposal should proceed or not and, if so, under what conditions.

The program

Two grants of up to $40,000 each were available to local not-for-profit community organisations. Funds can only be used to engage legal services to assist the preparation of a submission for the Fingerboards Mineral Sands Project EES process.

Some of the things considered in assessing applications included an organisation’s:

  • ability to show substantial potential impacts from the Fingerboards Mineral Sands Project on its members
  • capability and commitment to take-part in the EES process
  • need for government funding to enable it to participate in the EES process.

Following an evaluation of applications received, Mine-free Glenaladale has been awarded $40,000 to engage legal services to assist in making a submission to the Fingerboards EES process.

Mine-free Glenaladale provided a strong application for the grant, including demonstrating its capabilities and a high level of community involvement.

Future Rounds for Community Advisor Grants

A second pilot Community Advisor Grant Program round is planned in the future to assist local not-for-profit community organisations participate in the EES process for the Bunyip North Granite Quarry proposal. Two grants of up to $40,000 each will again be made available.

We’ll update this page when we have further updates.

Further information

For general enquiries about the Community Advisor Grant Program email CommunityAdvisor.Grant@ecodev.vic.gov.au.

Page last updated: 24 Nov 2020