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Land Restoration Fund Investment Round 2

Submissions closed at 2:00PM 8 October 2021 (AEST).

Welcome to the Land Restoration Fund Investment Round 2 application portal

Stage 1 Initial Applications closed 2:00pm (AEST) on 8 October 2021

Submitted applications are currently undergoing Stage 1 Assessment

If you are shortlisted for Stage 2, you will be notified on 20 December 2021

Stage 2 Final Applications close 2:00pm (AEST) on 25 February 2022

This Investment Round involves an Initial Investment Application stage (Stage 1) followed by a further Final Application stage (Stage 2) for those projects which are shortlisted by the Investment Panel.

Once an application is submitted it is final. For the limited improvements permitted as part of the Stage 2 process, refer to section 6.6 of the Investment Application Guidelines.

To view your Stage 1. Initial Application log in to SmartyGrants via the 'Log In' button at the top of this page under the Queensland Government logo, then navigate to the 'My Submissions' section of the SmartyGrants portal.

 

What you will need to provide if shortlisted for Stage 2

Stage 2 Final Application:

If you are shortlisted by the Investment Panel, we will supply a final application form to complete for Stage 2. To give the Investment Panel confidence that your project will be successful in delivering the outcomes identified, the additional detail which we will require will include:

  • finalised commercial proposition, including ACCU schedule
  • risk identification and management (including departures to the PIA)
  • project participants and roles
  • Project expenditures to inform employment and economic impact 
  • applicant experience and partnerships (CV and referee details)
  • improved co-benefits proposal (optional)
  • responses to any questions requested by the Investment Panel from Stage 1 assessment and shortlisting process.

We strongly recommend you seek independent professional advice about your participation in the LRF Investment Round to obtain information suitable to your individual needs and situation. This may be in the form of environmental, financial, or legal advice and you may wish to engage a carbon service provider to act as the proponent or agent for your project.

Rebates are available to help cover the costs of carbon farming advice received from an LRF Approved Adviser. Find more information, and a link to a directory of approved advisors, on the LRF Support and Rebate page.

The key reference documents for the Investment Round are:

You will find in the Investment Application Guidelines a glossary with definitions of the key terms.

What was included in the initial application:

Stage 1 Initial Application:

Determination of your eligibility for the Investment Round. Refer to the Investment Application Guidelines section 5. 

To give the Investment Panel a good understanding of the type of project, how much you want to be paid and what the project is going to achieve, in the initial application you will need to have submitted the following key information:

  • Carbon farming method/s you will use to register the project under the Emissions Reduction Fund
  • Shapefiles of both the carbon estimation area/s and the area/s where you will be undertaking co-benefit activities
  • Forward Abatement Estimate of ACCUs for each carbon estimation area
  • Volume of ACCUs you propose to contract to the LRF
  • Investment requested from the LRF for your project
  • Co-benefit classes to be claimed and a description of the outcomes to be delivered
  • An outline of co-benefit activities and draft annual costings
  • Land title holder details and their letter of acknowledgement (if not the Applicant).

To assist in completing the Application Form, please refer to the Information Sheet - Completing your Application Form and hints contained within the Form itself.

 

Add yourself to the Email Distribution List

To ensure you receive the latest updates for the LRF Investment Round 2, please register your details. Please note, creating an application does not automatically add you to the list to receive updates.

Privacy Statement

The Queensland Department of Environment and Science (the department) collects and collates information you provide in your Investment Application to assess your suitability to contract with the LRF, as well as to prepare a contract, should your application be successful. The department uses a contracted service provider called SmartyGrants to collect and store the application information. Only authorised departmental officers and approved external assessment panel members and evaluators will have access to this information.  All assessors and evaluators will sign a privacy and confidentiality deed to protect your information.

You should note that broad details of successful proposals, such as broad geographic location, carbon farming method to be applied, government priority (or priorities) to be addressed, and the level of investment awarded may be published by the Queensland Government. Any information used for this purpose will be limited and other information will not be disclosed to any other third party without your consent, unless authorised or required by law.

For audit and records management purposes, the department is required to retain all applications and other supplied support material. If you wish to access this information you should contact the department by emailing CarbonFarming@des.qld.gov.au in the first instance. Alternatively you may view your submitted application and uploaded documents by logging in to your SmartyGrants account and navigating to the ‘My Submissions’ page.

For any questions or concerns regarding the application or contractual process please email: CarbonFarming@des.qld.gov.au. For further privacy information please go to https://www.des.qld.gov.au/help/legal/privacy.

 

HOW TO USE THE ONLINE APPLICATION

Navigating the application form

On every screen (page of the form) you will find a Form Navigation contents box, this links directly to every page of the application. Click the link to jump directly to the page you want.

You can also click 'next page' or 'previous page' on the top or bottom of each page to move forward or backward through the application.

Attachments and supporting documents

You will need to upload attachments to support your application. This is very simple, but requires you to have the documents saved on your computer, or on a storage device.

You need to allow enough time for each file to upload before trying to attach another file. Files can be up to 25MB each; however, we do recommend trying to keep files to a maximum of 5MB – the larger the file, the longer the upload time.

Saving your draft application

The application is detailed and will take some time to complete. Applicants may need to seek advice and clarification from specialists as they work through the application.

If you wish to leave a partially completed application, press 'save and close' and log out. When you log back in and click on the 'My Submissions' link at the top of the screen, you will find a list of any applications you have started or submitted. You can reopen your draft application and start where you left off.

You can also download any application, whether draft or completed, as a PDF. Click on the 'Download PDF' button located at the bottom of the last page of the application form.

Submitting your application

You will find a Review and Submit button at the bottom of the Navigation Panel. You need to review your application before you can submit it.

Once you have reviewed your application you can submit it by clicking on 'Submit' at the top or bottom of the screen or on the navigation panel. You will not be able to submit your application until all the compulsory questions are completed and there are no validation errors. Once you have submitted your application, no further editing or uploading of support materials is possible. 

When you submit your application, you will receive a confirmation email with a copy of your submitted application attached. This will be sent to the email you used to register.

If you do not receive a confirmation of submission email then you should presume that your submission has NOT been submitted.

Hint: check the email hasn’t landed in your spam or junk email folder.

Completing your application in a group/team

A number of people can work on an application using the same log in details as long as only one person is working at a time. Ensure you save as you go.

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If you need more help using this form, download the Help Guide for Applicants or check out SmartyGrants Applicant Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

If you are experiencing technical issues with your application, please contact:

Email: service@smartygrants.com.au 

Phone: +61 3 9320 6888

And quote your application identification number.

Business Hours (Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST))

Monday - Friday : 9:00am–5:00pm

Saturday, Sunday: Closed