Grants available

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

Environmental Education Program Grants
– Tier 1 now open
The NSW Environmental Trust is inviting Expressions of Interest (EOIs) to Tier 1 of the Education Program. The closing time and date for Tier 1 Education EOIs is 3pm Monday 22 July 2019.
What the program is about
The Environmental Education Program is a contestable grants program aiming to support educational projects that develop, broaden and transform the community’s knowledge, skills, and intrinsic motivation to undertake sustainable behaviour and encourage participation in the protection of the environment.
The objectives of the program are to:
• Facilitate change in the values and behaviour of individuals and groups to improve specific or broad environmental problems
• Develop and promote education projects that improve the environment and address sustainability challenges.

Tier 1 – will fund grants of up to $60,000 for projects running for 2-3 years.
This tier is best suited toward implementing local projects that address a specific issue.
Tier 1 projects are expected to be similar in nature and scope to the projects run under the past Environmental Education grants program. However, projects are now expected to:
• engage with target groups in the development stage
• move beyond ‘workshops and educational materials’ towards engaging and experiential activities
• allow for innovative ideas and adaptive management
• measure and report on the rate of participation and satisfaction by target groups
• provide qualitative and quantitative evidence of the differences they have made to environments and/or human/organisational practices.
Applications for Tier 1 will be made via our new online Grants Management System.
Note: Applicants can submit two (2) EOIs, but only one (1) may be funded, if successful.
Program information
Go to the Trust’s website for more information about the Environmental Education Program and to access application materials: https://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/funding-and-support/nsw-environmental-trust/grants-available/environmental-education.

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 environment.gov.au/cep 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 April, 1 July, 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: https://hunter.lls.nsw.gov.au/our-region/grants-funding-scholarships

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 lro@lakemac.nsw.gov.au . 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.

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