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).

Volunteers from Molonglo Catchment Group, Friends of Black Mountain, Mount Ainslie Weeders and Friends of Mount Majura Parkcare Group

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.

Applications for the 2019-20 ACT Environment Grants round have closed.

Successful Projects

In the 2019-20 round, the ACT Environment Grants 20 applications were received to a total value of over $376,000.00.

12 projects to the value of $218,183.00 were successful and will contribute to the improvement of the ACT’s ecosystem health and conservation outcomes.

Project activities included weed and erosion control, care and rehabilitation of native wildlife, and support for on-ground citizen science projects. The successful project applicants and projects were:

  • Innovative Chemical Free Weed Control for the ACT - Southern ACT Catchment Group
  • Monitoring Rosenberg's Monitor - A Threatened Species in the ACT - National Parks Association of the ACT
  • The Ecology and Movement of ACT's Adult Female Little Eagle - ACT Red Hill Regenerators
  • Bringing Biodiversity Back to Canberra Suburbs - Molonglo Catchment Group
  • Urambi-Amberley Connectivity Corridor and Pink Tail Worm Lizard Habitat Improvement - Southern ACT Catchment Group
  • Woodland Habitat Enhancement on Bold Hill - Molonglo Catchment Group
  • Piney Creek Restoration and Woodland Connections - Molonglo Catchment Group
  • Cultural Resource Garden Beds - Greening Australia Capital Region
  • Mt Pleasant Reserve- Restoration of Box-Gum Woodland Area Weed Control and Revegetation - Molonglo Catchment Group
  • Protecting Pink Tailed worm Lizard Habitat on Mount Taylor - Southern ACT Catchment Group
  • Hughes Garran Woodland Biodiversity Improvement - Southern ACT Catchment Group
  • Yerrabi Pond Nesting Boxes - Giralang Kaleen Men’s Shed

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: