Note: The Stephenson Fund applications are now closed.
Stephenson Fund grants are available to support landowners with ongoing management and enhancement of their protected land. The key aim is to support stewardship for covenants by strengthening our partnership with covenantors.
The fund was established in 2017, and is named after Gordon and Celia Stephenson who were key founders of the QEII National Trust. The Stephenson Fund comes from our internal resources, including donations, bequests and investment income.
Applications for the last round of funding closed on the 20th of December 2019. The dates for the next round of funding are yet to be confirmed, however we expect applications to open in August 2020. An email will be sent to members to inform them when the funding round is open, if you need to update your contact details please let us know online here.
If you think your project may be eligible for funding based on the key information below, talk to your regional rep about your project in preparation for the next funding round.
Grants ranging from $2,000 up to a maximum amount of $20,000 are available to support landowners with the ongoing management and enhancement of their covenants open space values.
A 50% contribution is required for most projects, this can either be financial or an in-kind contribution (i.e. your time).
There is $150,000 available nationally and for the current round $30,000 of this will be prioritised towards hardship applications.
All project actions must be aligned with the purpose and objectives of the covenant deed and protect and enhance the covenants open space values.
In addition, the projects actions must be:
As the fund has been oversubscribed in the past, all projects will be assessed against a range of open-space criteria and priority may be given to covenantors who have not previously received a grant.
Stewardship/engagement: The extent to which a project will provide enhanced opportunities for stewardship or engagement, this can be direct with the covenantors, locally in the community, regionally or nationally.
Ecological enhancement: The extent to which a project will provide a direct positive impact on a rare or threatened species, or their habitat.
Hardship: All hardship applications must meet the above open space criteria. $30,000 is available to support hardship applications and an application citing hardship can apply for up to 100% of the project costs through the grant or the applicants 50% contribution can be reduced (i.e. if other funding for the project is already secured).
Recovery support for covenants that are badly affected by unforeseen extreme events, examples include:
Projects that protect, restore and manage a covenant’s open space values.
The objectives of the fund are to:
The last round of funding closed in December 2019. The next funding round will likely open in August 2020.
To submit an invoice, you can either use our invoice template or use your own invoice.
All invoices must include the following:
To complete the reporting side of your project: please download, complete and submit a final report upon the completion of your project.
You can choose to use our template form or feel free to use your own document.
All final reports must include: a summary of the project actions (what was achieved), a breakdown of the project expenditure, including other funds/in-kind contributions towards the project, please provide a copy of all project receipts and before and after photos.