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Communities Environment Program

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Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment
Close Date & Time:
10-Oct-2019 5:00 pm (ACT Local Time)
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Primary Category:
211006 - Natural Resources - Conservation and Protection
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Selection Process:
Closed Non-Competitive


The Communities Environment Program (the program) will run over one year in 2019-20. The Australian Government announced the program in March 2019 prior to the 2019 budget and will provide $22.65 million in funding to support small scale, community-led environment projects that address local environmental priorities in each of the 151 federal electorates across Australia.

The program forms part of the Australian Government's 2019 environment policy election commitment, Our Plan for a Cleaner Environment. It aims to support the environmental priorities of local community and environment groups in their regions and neighbourhoods, to recover and strengthen the environment and to build and strengthen local communities.

  • The minimum grant amount is $2,500
  • The maximum grant amount is $20,000
  • The grant amount will be up to 100 per cent of eligible project costs.

Additional cash and/or in-kind contributions towards the project costs are strongly encouraged.

You must complete your project no later than 31 December 2020.

You may start your project from the date you submit your application. However, if you choose to start your project before you have an executed grant agreement, you do so at your own risk.

We cannot fund your project if it receives funding from another Commonwealth, State, Territory or local government grant. You can apply for a grant for your project under more than one government program, but if your application is successful, you must choose either the Communities Environment Program grant or the other government grant.

We are not responsible for any expenditure you incur until a grant agreement is executed. You must incur your project expenditure between the project start and end dates to be eligible.


To be eligible you must:

  • be invited to apply by your MP
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)

and be one of the following incorporated entities:

  • an incorporated not for profit organisation including but not limited to:
    • community associations, including
      • Parents and Citizens, Parents and Friends groups and equivalent bodies*
    • non-distributing co-operatives
    • companies limited by guarantee
    • Indigenous not for profit corporations
  • an incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust with responsibility for a community property
  • an Australian State/Territory Government agency or body that is:
    • a registered school that is a legal entity (with its own unique ABN) and that can enter into a grant agreement in its own right
    • a legal entity applying on behalf of a registered school
    • a legal entity applying on behalf of a Western Australian Land Conservation District Committee
    • a Regional Land Partnerships service provider acting as a project sponsor to enable a community group to undertake their project (see section 5.2 of the guidelines)
  • a local governing body as defined by the Local Government (Financial Assistance) Act 1995

* This includes Queensland Parents and Citizens' Associations which are prevented from incorporation by their governing legislation but are still considered legal entities.

You are not eligible to apply if you are:

  • a for profit organisation
  • an individual
  • a partnership
  • an unincorporated association (unless sponsored, see section 5.2 of the guidelines)
  • a Regional Development Australia Committee
  • a trust (however, an incorporated trustee may apply on behalf of a trust)
  • a Commonwealth, State or Territory government agency or body (including government business enterprises)
  • a non-corporate Commonwealth entity
  • a political party, political organisation or lobbyist
  • an organisation that is not based in Australia.
Total Amount Available (AUD):
Estimated Grant Value (AUD):
From $2,500.00 to $20,000.00
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