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$50,000 Funding Stormwater Feasibility Study Grant

Stormwater Shepherds $50,000 Funding Stormwater Feasibility Study grant invites metropolitan Councils and Council River Alliances in Melbourne, South East Queensland and Sydney to apply.

Unmanaged stormwater increases water quantity, decreases water quality, increases the cost of water and wastewater treatment, and reduces the assimilative ability of water bodies.

Countries worldwide realise that new stormwater utility charges are needed to successfully fund immense infrastructure to mitigate extensive riverine and urban flooding, improve water quality, allow for complete operational and maintenance schedules, supports WSUD, and prepare for the future. Click here to learn more.

The objectives of the feasibility study are:

The desired outcomes of the feasibility study are:

The grant will include expertise from the United States to manage the study. The study group will include council employees from departments such as stormwater, assets, land use, sustainability and, if permissible, a Councillor. The study should take 3-6 months to complete.

A key pressure facing most councils is the capacity of the organisation to manage the ever-increasing scale and value of assets, in the context of limited revenue streams and community expectations. WSUD assets are often left off asset management databases and maintenance schedules, from inadequate operational funding.

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Correctly managed stormwater

Decreases Water Quantity

Correctly managed stormwater

Increases Water Quality

Correctly managed stormwater

Improves Social Living

Straightforward application process

Timeline

5 September 2022

Expressions of interest opens
5 September 2022

2.30pm AEDT on 2 February 2023

Feasibility Study webinar
2.30pm AEDT on 2 February 2023

6:00pm AEDT on 28 February 2023

Expressions of interest closes
6:00pm AEDT on 28 February 2023

6 March 2023

Grant Opening Date
6 March 2023

5.00pm AEST on 18 April 2023

Q & A’s close
5.00pm AEST on 18 April 2023

5:00pm AEST on 21 April 2023

Grant closing date and time
5:00pm AEST on 21 April 2023

24 April - 5 May 2023

Application assessment process
24 April - 5 May 2023

19 May 2023

Announcement of one successful applicant
19 May 2023

31 December 2023

Completion of Grant
31 December 2023

Effects on aquatic lifeforms from untreated stormwater

The amount of rubbish is greatest on the coastline of city fringes.

Chris Wilcox, CSIRO Principal Research Scientist

80% of plastic pollution comes from the land, most is conveyed by stormwater

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Stormwater conveys gross pollutants, road runoff from vehicle emissions and tyre rubber, chemicals, animal waste, organic matter, sediment and soil, fertilisers and more to sensitive inland waterways and oceans and the effect on aquatic biota is devastating. Learn more about the consequences of unmanaged stormwater.

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The $50,000 Funding Stormwater Feasibility Study is a must if councils want to manage their LGA’s stormwater correctly.

FAQ's

Only metropolitan Councils, Riverkeeper Groups and River Initiatives can apply from Melbourne, South East Queensland and Sydney. It is a requirement that applications from Riverkeeper Groups and River Initiatives submit letters of support from their collaborating councils.

Yes, collaboration is allowed and encouraged. We recognise that many councils collaborating on borderless waterways may want to apply. The Riverkeeper Group or River Initiative must apply on behalf of collaborating councils. Councils must endorse the submission with a letter of support. The Riverkeeper group or River initiative can submit the application form and enter into a grant agreement with Stormwater Shepherds. A Council that is part of a Riverkeeper Group or River Initiative may also apply separately. For more information, refer to Grant Guidelines.

Yes, you may attach supporting documentation when you submit your application.

Stormwater Shepherds will pay invoices directly up to $50,000 + GST. Councils, Riverkeeper Groups and River Initiatives are welcome to contribute funds to extend the feasibility study to the next step of how to set up a stormwater funding model. Third-party funding is also applicable, Grant funding does not cover council employees’ salaries or remuneration to citizen group members. For more information, please refer to Grant Guidelines.

The form is an online application form that you must submit electronically. We will not accept applications by hand, fax, email, or Australia Post.

Yes, you may submit more than one application if you are part of a Riverkeeper Group or River Initiative and your LGA also wants to enter singularly. The council must submit a separate application by the due date and time.

Yes, every submission will receive feedback, and we will offer assistance wherever possible.

It will depend on how many applicants apply for this inaugural round. It will be a wait and see scenario.

Your application must be submitted by 17:00 AEST, Friday 13 May 2022. Applications should be submitted well before the closing time.

Sadly, no, late applications, we will not accept late applications.

Yes, you may attach supporting documentation when you submit your application.

Yes, collaboration is allowed and encouraged. We recognise that many councils collaborating on borderless waterways may want to apply. The Riverkeeper Group or River Initiative must apply on behalf of collaborating councils. Councils must endorse the submission with a letter of support. The Riverkeeper group or River initiative can submit the application form and enter into a grant agreement with Stormwater Shepherds. A Council that is part of a Riverkeeper Group or River Initiative may also apply separately. For more information, refer to Grant Guidelines.

When you submit your application, you will receive an automatic confirmation email that we have received your submission. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please contact us at info@stormwatershepherds.org.au or call +61 458 889 927.

Stormwater Shepherds will pay invoices directly up to $50,000 + GST. Councils, Riverkeeper Groups and River Initiatives are welcome to contribute funds to extend the feasibility study to the next step of how to set up a stormwater funding model. Third-party funding is also applicable, Grant funding does not cover council employees’ salaries or remuneration to citizen group members. For more information, please refer to Grant Guidelines.

You must complete your grant feasibility study by 31 October 2022.

Only metropolitan Councils, Riverkeeper Groups and River Initiatives can apply from Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. It is a requirement that applications from Riverkeeper Groups and River Initiatives submit letters of support from their collaborating councils. For more information, refer to Grant Guidelines.

The form is an online application form that you must submit electronically. We will not accept applications by hand, fax, email, or Australia Post.

Yes, you may submit more than one application if you are part of a Riverkeeper Group or River Initiative and your LGA also wants to enter singularly. The council must submit a separate application by the due date and time.

Yes, every submission will receive feedback, and we will offer assistance wherever possible.

It will depend on how many applicants apply for this inaugural round. It will be a wait and see scenario.