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Breaking barriers grant

The Breaking Barriers Grant was established with the first Victorian Biodiversity Conference in 2017 following a small but important donation, and has grown from there. The Grant has become part of the culture of the conference – through it we hope to ensure that the event is as inclusive, supportive and diverse as possible.


Who is eligible?

Anyone presenting at the conference (either a talk or a poster) can apply. We will consider applications from individuals based at organisations in Victoria or close-by in other states (e.g. Albury).


What are grounds for applying?

It’s not always easy to get to conferences – they can be expensive, inaccessible, and intimidating. The Breaking Barriers Grant hopes to address that. People who might consider applying could:

  • Be based in regional areas

  • Have caring responsibilities

  • Identify as being part of a minority group

  • Be experiencing physical or mental health barriers

  • Be experiencing financial hardship

  • Just be having a tough time of it for whatever reason.


What type of support can I ask for?

We will consider applications up to the value of $500. Some things you might request funds for are:

  • Conference registration

  • Accommodation during the conference

  • Workshop fees

  • Travel costs

  • Childcare

  • Facilities, services or equipment to make the conference more accessible (e.g. Auslan interpreter)

  • Anything else that might make your attendance at the conference possible.


This list in not exhaustive, and everyone’s situation is different: our philosophy is that it doesn’t hurt to ask, and any reasonable and justified requests will be respectfully considered.


How do I apply?

Applications for the Breaking Barriers Grant 2020 are now closed. We'll ask you to give us a brief summary of your situation and why you are applying for the grant – this can be up to 200 words, but shorter is also OK. We'll also ask you to tell us how much you are applying for, and what you will use the funds for, including cost estimates. If you have travel and accommodation options in mind (modest but comfortable), then quotes/website links are also appreciated. Don’t feel you need to apply for the full $500 – applications both small and large will be considered.  


Who will see my application?

We understand that some of the issues you raise in your application may be of a personal or sensitive nature. A panel of three people from the organising committee will read your application, and then the Chair will notify you of the outcome - it will otherwise be kept completely confidential. All applications will be deleted once a decision has been made.

Apply for the 'Breaking Barriers' grant

We acknowledge and respect Victorian Traditional Owners as the original custodians of Victoria’s land and waters, their unique ability to care for Country and deep spiritual connection to it. We honour Elders past and present whose knowledge and wisdom has ensured the continuation of culture and traditional practices.

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