ACT Natural Resource Management (NRM) currently administers two grants programs – ACT Environment Grants (an annual ACT Government funded program); and ACT Rural Grants (A Commonwealth funded program, dispersed through three competitive funding rounds, 2013-2018).

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About the ACT Environment Grants

ACT Environment Grants (Grants) fund community projects that support environmental activities consistent with the ACT Government’s policies and priorities. They help strengthen participation and engagement in community led environmental initiatives.

2018-19 ACT Environment Grants

Applications for the 2018-19 ACT Environment Grants closing date has been extended to 5pm Thursday 12 July 2018.

This year represents the coming of age for the grants, which have been funded by the ACT Government for 21 years—since 1997.

The grants fund community-based projects that support on-ground environmental activities that are consistent with the ACT Government’s policies.

More than $200,000 is available this year, with a maximum limit of $50,000 per grant application.

The assessment criteria for the grants emphasise the following requirements:

  1. Alignment with funding priorites for 2018-19 ACT Environment Grants:
    1. Enhance condition and connectivity of woodlands, grasslands and/or aquatic ecosystems
    2. Help manage threats to biodiversity, such as managing weeds and/or pest animals
    3. Protect native plants and animals
    4. Enhance the biodiversity in urban areas
    5. Engage the community in on-ground environmental work
    6. Connect people to nature through innovative approaches
    7. Improve opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community through ‘connecting to country’.
  2. Effectiveness of your project.
  3. Level of project planning.
  4. Soundness of project budgeting and value for money.
  5. Level of community and stakeholder engagement.

Apply now

Read the application information pack and complete the application form. Budget and project plan templates have been provided to assist you in completing your application.

For additional information about the grants, contact the Grants Coordinator by emailing

Applications close on 5pm on 28 June 2018.

Successful Projects






ACT NRM administers the ACT Rural Grants program ($447,000, 2013-18). This supports ACT rural landholders to implement projects on their farms which achieve sustainable agriculture outcomes on-the-ground. Funded through the National Landcare Program (ACT Regional Delivery), rural grants are provided through three competitive funding rounds, and provide:

a) Natural Resource Management advice to assist landholders (individuals or groups) to take the leap from learning to doing, landholders can apply to engage a specialist (such as an agronomist) to do a ‘farm visit’ and develop an action plan to improve sustainable practices on their farms. Examples include: farm planning to improve grazing management and drought preparedness, and farm biosecurity plans. This is also supported by our partner - Greening Australia.

b) On-ground works - to increase the adoption of sustainable farming activities – up to $10,000 for individual landholders; up to $50,000 for groups of landholders.


note that this grant funding has now been fully allocated and there will be no further competitive rounds offered under this program

ACT Government

Australian Government

Other Organisations

A number of others fund Landcare, sustainable agriculture, rural community development, Landcare and conservation, and include: