ACNC Registered Charity Logo 300x300 Geelong Field Naturalists Environment Fund

The fund was established in 2016 and obtained registration under the Register of Environmental Organisations allowing the fund to receive tax-deductible donations to support the GFNC purposes. To maintain the ability to receive tax-deductible donations it was necessary to register the GFNC with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission in 2022.

During the seven years of operation the fund has received generous donations from club members and community members totalling $36,456. Individual donations have ranged from $5 to $20,000.

The management committee has been proactive in seeking projects that support the club purposes to which the Environment Fund donations can be applied. We focused particularly, but not exclusively, on supporting projects where young people are engaged in natural environment projects or studies. The purpose is to ensure funds are utilised to support a variety of worthwhile activities. Over $27,000 has been committed or paid to projects, and new projects are under active consideration.

Projects Funded to date

 

Year

 Project Title

 Recipient Name

 Organisation

2018

Influence of rodenticides on mortality of raptors on the Bellarine Peninsula

Bellarine Landcare Group

Bellarine Landcare Group

2018

What is driving survival rates in Crested Terns?

Jessica Radford,
Honours student

Deakin University

2019

Discovery and observation of nocturnal arboreal mammals and birds in nesting hollows and boxes, for expansion of the GFNC Fauna Group activities

Geelong Field Naturalists Club Fauna Group

GFNC

2020

Conserving threatened mammals in the face of fire and predation

Darcy Watchorn
PhD student

Deakin University

2021

Movement and spatial ecology of Powerful Owls in western Victoria

Nicholas Carter
PhD student and GFNC member

Deakin University

2022

MacKillop Education Mindful Twitchers

Kerrin Whiting
teacher

MacKillop Education Centre

2022

Improving the field efficiency of a large-scale research program in the Carlisle Heath, Victoria

Mark Le Pla
PhD student

Conservation Ecology Centre

2022

Ecology of Powerful Owls (Ninox strenua) in different land-use types

Nicholas Carter
PhD student and GFNC member

Deakin University

2023

Cooperation and coordination in Spotted Pardalotes (Pardalotus punctatus) in Brisbane Ranges National Park

Clara Borrel
PhD student and GFNC member

Deakin University

2023

Carrying out vital flora community monitoring in the context of an adaptive fire management research program in the Otways

Tamika Farley-Lehmer
PhD student

Conservation Ecology Centre

 

Apply

The committee welcomes new proposals for funding at any time. The Environment Fund committee has set a limit of funding of $2,500 per annum for any project, with a maximum of $7,500 total for any project over a three-year period. The objective is not to fully fund projects but to provide additional appropriate support where there is co-funding by the project proponent.

Applications can be made using this template and simply emailed to the club

Donate

Donations can be made at any time by electronic funds transfer: BSB 063 633 Account No. 10287433. This is NOT the normal club account
Please ensure that the transfer is identified with your name and that it is a donation to the GFN Environment Fund. We will issue you with a numbered receipt suitable for taxation purposes.