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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ACT Environment Grants (Grants) fund community-based projects that support on-ground environmental activities consistent with the ACT Government’s policies. The Grants have been funded annually by the ACT Government since 1997.

The 2017-18 Grants round are closed and were announced on 6 July 2017 by Minster for Environment and Heritage, Minister Mick Gentleman MLA. $200,000.00 is available in funding for community projects. A maximum limit of $50,000 applies per grant application.
The assessment criteria for the Grants emphasise the following requirements:

  • alignment with funding priorities for 2017-18 ACT Environment Grants:
    • enhance habitat connectivity and restore ecosystem function in woodlands, grasslands and/or aquatic ecosystems in the ACT
    • help manage threats to biodiversity, including weed management and pest management, in the ACT
    • protect native species and ecological communities in the ACT
    • enhance the biodiversity value of urban areas in the ACT
    • engage the community in on-ground environmental work.
  • effectiveness of your project
  • level of project planning
  • soundness of project budgeting and value for money
  • level of community and stakeholder engagement.

To apply for a grant you need to read the Information Pack carefully and complete the Application Form.

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

Applications have closed.

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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: