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Communities Environment Program


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.

Who Can Apply?

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

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.

Main Assessment Criteria

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.

Documentation Uploaded
Sample Grant Agreement - Exchange of Letters 2019-08-06 Download
Factsheet 2019-08-06 Download
Sample Grant Agreement - Approval Letter 2019-08-06 Download
End of Project Report Template 2019-08-06 Download
Sample Application Form 2019-08-06 Download
FAQs 2019-08-06 Download
Guidelines 2019-08-06 Download

Use these documents as a guide only - always get the latest direct from the Administrator

Status Pending
Opening Date 12 Aug 2019
Closing Date 17 Oct 2019
Closing Information
This program is available annually. The next funding round is yet to be announced.

Funding Type Grant
Min.Funding $2,500
Max.Funding $20,000
Total Funding Pool $22.7M
Co-contribution Yes
Competitive Yes
Eligible Activities
Infrastructure / Equipment
Environment and Sustainability
Environment : General
Infrastructure : Facilities
Gender Any
Age Any
Who Can Apply?
General - Non-Industry Specific
Eligible Organisation Type(s)
Difficulty Rating