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.

2019-20 ACT Environment Grants

ACT Environment Grants (the Grants) fund community-based projects that support on-ground implementation of the ACT Nature Conservation Strategy 2013-23.

The Grants have been funded annually by the ACT Government since 1997.

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The 2019-20 ACT Environment Grants were announced on Thursday, 14 March 2019 by Minster for the Environment and Heritage, Minister Gentleman.

Funding of over $200,000 is available for community projects. There is a maximum limit of $35,000 per grant application.

The assessment criteria for the Grants emphasise the following requirements:

  • Alignment with ACT Government environmental priorities
    • Enhance condition and connectivity of woodlands, grasslands and/or aquatic ecosystems
    • Help manage threats to biodiversity, such as managing weeds and/or pest animals;
    • Protect native plants and animals
    • Enhance the biodiversity in urban areas
    • Engage the community in on-ground environmental work
    • Connect people to nature through innovative approaches
    • Improve opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community through ‘connecting to country’.
  • Delivery of environmental outcomes through on-ground activities.
  • Demonstration of sound project planning, including achievable milestones, timelines and project outcomes.
  • Demonstration of sound project budgeting, including value for money.
  • Demonstration of community and stakeholder engagement and partnerships.

To apply for a grant you need to read the application information pack carefully and complete the application form. For your convenience we have put together some templates for your budget and project plan.

Applications close AEST at 5pm on Monday 15 April 2019.

Successful Projects

The ACT Government has introduced a new grant program for 2018/19 for eligible rural landholders to undertake drought resilience activities. Applications may be from individuals or groups of landholders.

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: 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: