Communities Environment ProgramOverview
This program aims to support a wide range of small-scale, on-ground projects that aim to conserve, protect and manage the environment. It seeks to support community groups – including those that may not be able to compete in larger and more competitive grant programs – to address local environmental priorities and to encourage the community to connect with their local natural environment and to build and strengthen local communities.
The objectives of the program are to:
- Deliver positive environmental and social outcomes.
- Give communities the resources, skills and knowledge to care for the environment.
Grants between $2,500 and $20,000, or up to 100% of eligible project costs, is available. Additional cash and/or in-kind contributions towards the project costs are strongly encouraged.
Each electorate has up to $150,000 in funding that can be allocated to successful applications. A maximum of 20 projects will be funded in each of the 151 Federal electorates.
A total funding pool of $22.65 million is available in 2019-20.
Eligible applicants must:
- Be invited to apply by their MP.
- Have an Australian Business Number (ABN).
- Be one of the following incorporated entities:
a) An incorporated not for profit organisation including but not limited to: community associations, including Parents and Citizens, Parents and Friends groups and equivalent bodies.
b) Non-distributing co-operatives.
c) Companies limited by guarantee.
d) Indigenous not for profit corporations.
- An incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust with responsibility for a community property.
- An Australian State/Territory Government agency or body that is:
a) A registered school that is a legal entity (with its own unique ABN) and that can enter into a grant agreement in its own right.
b) A legal entity applying on behalf of a registered school.
c) A legal entity applying on behalf of a Western Australian Land Conservation District Committee.
d) A Regional Land Partnerships service provider acting as a project sponsor to enable a community group to undertake their project.
- A local governing body as defined by the Local Government (Financial Assistance) Act 1995.
Please refer to the Guidelines for the complete list of eligible/ineligible applicants and requirements.
Eligible activities must directly relate to the project and can include:
- Citizen science activities that encourage people to collect and contribute information about their local environment, such as monitoring local flora, fauna, water quality and marine debris.
- Activities that protect or enhance the natural environment and/or support recovery of native species/communities.
- Activities that reduce threats and risks to the natural environment.
- Activities that reduce the impact of waste and litter, such as litter clean-up events (including marine debris collection), and litter management infrastructure.
- Activities that encourage re-use and recycling, such as new or enhanced recycling drop-off facilities, and community-based initiatives to repair, share, re-use or recycle products.
- Activities that improve carbon sequestration (e.g. improved ground cover).
- Educational activities that build community knowledge about their local environment and how the community can conserve, protect, monitor, and/or manage it sustainably.
Please refer to the Guidelines for the complete list of eligible activities and expenditure.
The main assessment criteria include whether the project:
- Meets all eligibility criteria.
- Provides value for money
- Is considered a proper use of public funding.
The following are ineligible for funding:
- Activities that do not lie within the eligible locations.
- The cost of provision of goods, services or support activities not related to the eligible project activities.
- Activities already funded through another Australian, state or territory, or local government program.
- The cost of business as usual activities, including staff salaries and consumables recurring or ongoing expenditure (e.g. annual maintenance).
- Retrospective costs (incurred prior to submission of an application), including costs incurred in the preparation of a grant application or related documentation.
Please refer to the Guidelines for the complete list of restrictions.
|Sample Application Form||2019-08-06||Download|
|Sample Grant Agreement - Approval Letter||2019-08-06||Download|
|Sample Grant Agreement - Exchange of Letters||2019-08-06||Download|
|End of Project Report Template||2019-08-06||Download|
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