Grants available

The following grant programs are currently open, which may be relevant to Landcare projects:


Habitat Action Grants

Applications for the annual Habitat Action Grants are now available.  Applications close 5pm Friday 20th September 2019. Further information is available at

Angling clubs, individuals, community groups, local councils and organisations interested in rehabilitating fish habitats in freshwater and saltwater areas throughout NSW can apply for small grants of $2,000 or large grants of up to $40,000.

Habitat rehabilitation projects which may be funded include:
•removal or modification of barriers to fish passage
•rehabilitation of riparian lands (river banks, wetlands, mangrove forests, saltmarsh)
•re-snagging waterways with timber structure
•removal of exotic vegetation from waterways and replace with native species
•bank stabilisation works
•reinstatement of natural flow regimes


Council’s Environmental Sustainability Grants

The Lake Macquarie Environmental Sustainability Grants Program is designed to support community-initiated projects that improve our local environment and inspire environmentally sustainable behaviour within Lake Macquarie City.

Round One 2019-2020 is open from Monday 8 July and will close Monday 19 August 2019, 5pm. Funds will be paid to successful applicants in December 2019. The grants are offered twice a year; Round Two 2019-2020 will open early 2020.

The grants process is competitive, so to ensure your application has the best chance of success, you should familiarise yourself with the Guidelines and Application Form. You should also contact the nominated Sustainability Engagement Officer on 4921 0333 to discuss your project before you apply.


Communities Environment Program

The Australian Government is investing more than $22 million in 2019-20 to deliver a wide range of on-ground projects that conserve, protect and sustainably manage our environment.

Under the Communities Environment Program, each federal electorate can receive up to $150,000 in grant funding for small-scale, community-led projects – nominated by the local Member of Parliament in consultation with the community – with a focus on environmental priorities such as:

  • waste and litter reduction
  • protecting native animals, including our threatened species
  • addressing weeds and pest animals
  • restoring and improving coasts, wetlands, riverbanks and waterways
  • greening parks and urban areas.

This program aims to support the environmental priorities of local community and environment groups in their regions and neighbourhoods. It aims to not only recover and strengthen our environment, but also to build and strengthen our communities.

Each electorate can receive funding for up to 20 projects, with the minimum grant amount being $2500 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.

This is a fantastic opportunity for Landcare groups including Bushcare, Coastcare and ‘Friends of’ groups, also for schools involved in Junior Landcare to implement projects that benefit their local community.

For more information, visit or please contact your local Member of Parliament.

Hunter Local Land Services – Community Small Grants Program

Hunter Local Land Services, through funding from the Catchment Action NSW program, will be delivering a three year program for community groups, networks or associations and individuals in building knowledge, skills and participation in land management practices. Landcare groups, industry associations or farmer networks, pest animal networks, aboriginal organisations or other NRM or agricultural community organisations are encouraged to apply.

The Community Small Grants program aims:

1) To build community skills and knowledge in land management practices

2) To build community participation and knowledge and skills with community organisations or local communities

Maximum $2000 per project

Applications can be submitted at any time. Please note the closing dates for individual assessment rounds in regards to your proposal/activity.

Closing dates for application rounds are:

2019: 1 October

2020: 1 February, 1 March, 1 April 1 July, 1 October

2021: 1 February, 1 March

For further information or to apply visit:


If your Landcare group would like any assistance applying for grants for Landcare works please contact Kate Meares at the Landcare Resource Centre on 4921 0392 or . Remember all grants applied for under the Lake Macquarie Landcare Volunteer Network require approval from the LMLVN Committee and the Landholder – see Grants and Funding for more information and resources.