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).
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.
For additional information about the Grants, contact the Grants Coordinator by emailing: email@example.com
Applications have closed.
- An updated list of current grant opportunities can be found at the Grants ACT website.
- Current relevant grants include Health and Community Wellbeing Grants and City and Territory Services Grants – which are targeted at community groups and non-government organisations.
- The Australian Government provides a very comprehensive grants information page for Australian Government Grants (as well as State and Territory grants).
- Landcare Australia also regularly promotes grant funding programs.
A number of others fund Landcare, sustainable agriculture, rural community development, Landcare and conservation, and include:
- the Foundation for Rural and Regional Development
- Ian Potter Foundation, including grants for environment and conservation funding
- the Myer Foundation’s Sustainability and Environment Fund:
- for more information about philanthropy go to the Philanthropy Australia website
- for resources for ‘grant seekers’ working in the environment sector Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network
- For other useful sources of information go to the Our Community Funding Centre website.