Communities Environment ProgramOverview
This program aims to deliver a wide range of on-ground projects that conserve, protect and sustainably manage the environment.
It seeks to:
- Support the environmental priorities of local community and environment groups in their regions and neighbourhoods.
- Not only recover and strengthen the environment, but also to build and strengthen the communities.
Grants of up to $150,000 are available for each federal electorate. Each electorate can receive funding for up to 20 projects, with the minimum grant amount being $2,500 and the maximum grant amount set at $20,000. Sitting Members of Parliament will consult with their community to identify potential projects for their respective electorates.
Applicants are advised to contact their local Member of Parliament for the application details.
A total funding pool of more than $22 million is available in 2019-20.
Eligible applicants include:
- Community clubs (including Lions clubs, rotary clubs, sports cliubs)
- Not-for-profit organisations such as Indigenous organisations, Landcare groups (including bushcare, coastcare, ‘friends of’ groups)
- Other community and conservation groups
Local governing bodies as defined by the Local Government (Financial Assistance) Act 1995 will also be eligible to receive funding.
Eligible activities include small-scale, community-led projects nominated by the local Member of Parliament in consultation with the community which will focus on environmental priorities such as:
- Waste and litter reduction
- Protecting native animals, including threatened species
- Addressing weeds and pest animals
- Restoring and improving coasts, wetlands, riverbanks and waterways
- Greening parks and urban areas
Individuals and state or territory government departments will not be eligible for funding.