The Communities Environment Program, first announced by the Federal Government in March 2019, released its Grant Opportunity Guidelines recently. The program provides each electorate throughout the country up to $150,000 to fund small, community-led environment projects that address local environmental priorities.
To be eligible, your community group must be:
(a) Invited to apply by their Federal MP, and
(b) An incorporated body, or sponsored by a Regional Land Partnerships service provider, such as South West Catchments Council (SWCC).
SWCC will be meeting with the Federal MPs -The Hon Nola Marino MP, member for Forrest, Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories and Mr Rick Wilson MP, Member for O’Connor – Chair of Standing Committee on Agriculture and Water Resources to present local proposals..
Individual grants will range from $2,500 to $20,000, but can fund up to 100% of an eligible project, which must be completed by 31 December 2020.
However, the project will be deemed ineligible if it receives funding from any other government grant (Federal, State, Territory or local).
The grant guidelines state that grants can support a range of projects, including, but not limited to:
- citizen science activities,
- 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,
- waste management activities (including clean-up events, recycling/upcycling programs etc),
- activities that improve carbon sequestration,
- educational activities that build community knowledge about their local environment and how the community can conserve, protect, monitor, and/or manage it sustainably.
Applications are now open.
If you would like to put forward an application for SWCC to present to the relevant Federal MP please provide a single-page outline only, with the project title, a description of the project (maximum 300 words) and the budget.
Applications close 10 October 2019 at 5pm AEST.
This program has been established by the Department of the Environment and Energy, and will be administered by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. For more information, visit the website or call 13 28 46.