Grants and Funding

Grants and Funding opportunities within the Greater Hume are broken into set period (grants with a closing date) and ongoing (grants with no closing date) for your convenience along with general information about the availability of grants and funding in Greater Hume.




General Grant Information

Regional Development Australia - Murray FYI Grants

What are FYI Grants?

FYI Grants is produced by Regional Development Australia – Murray (RDA Murray) each month in order to inform communities, businesses & industries within the Murray region of the latest Government, Business and Philanthropic programs available.

Who needs FYI Grant Information?

The FYI Grants newsletter makes it easier to find suitable and relevant grants for community projects within the Murray region. Many different organisations, from large to small businesses, community organisations and even local government associations, can gain useful advice on finding the best source of funding.

Who do I talk to for more information about a grant?

Please email RDA Murray and direct your enquiry to Julie Lawrence T: 02 6058 0600. It is important to detail as much information as possible in your email in order to give you a clear and concise response.

Click here to access latest RDA - Murray FYI Grants page.

Please note the Guide was prepared by Gareth Griffith, Manager, and Nathan Wales, Research Service, NSW Parliamentary Library, at the direction of the former Member for Wagga Wagga, Daryl Maguire, and is circulated with his permission


Grants - Ongoing Applications 

Liquor & Gaming Infrastructure Grants

Liquor & Gaming NSW offers grants to communities across NSW to support the building, renovation and fitout of infrastructure. Funding is available for sport and recreation, arts and cultural infrastructure, and projects that enhance facilities used to shelter communities and provide emergency services.

Infrastructure Grants are made possible by the ClubGrants Category 3 Fund, which reinvests 0.4 per cent of clubs’ gaming machine profits over $1 million back into community projects. Funding can be used costs such as construction, purchase of capital equipment and professional fees.

Organisations have four opportunities to apply for grants throughout the year: August and November 2017, February and May 2018.

Various closing dates see Liquor and Gaming webpage, please click here to obtain more information and application forms.

NSW Regional Growth Fund

The NSW Government has announced a new approach to supporting growth and business potential that means all residents of regional NSW will see the benefits of strong economic management. To support this new approach, the $1.3 billion Regional Growth Fund has been created to deliver the infrastructure to help regional economies expand and to improve the amenity of people living in regional NSW.

The Regional Growth Fund is designed to activate local economies and create jobs by building and upgrading infrastructure, improving facilities and investing in sports, arts and culture in regional communities.

The Regional Growth Fund includes:

  • Growing Local Economies — unlocking economic potential by building or upgrading power, transport and telecommunications links and water and sewerage services.
  • Resources for Regions — supporting the infrastructure needs of mining-affected regional economies.
  • Connecting Country Communities — investing in better mobile phone and internet connectivity to support businesses and families living and working in regional areas and drive regional productivity.
  • Regional Sports Infrastructure — supporting participation and high achievement in sport for regional NSW communities by improving facilities.
  • Regional Cultural Fund — delivering investment to support bold and exciting regional arts and culture.
  • Stronger Country Communities Fund — supporting councils and community groups to deliver crucial local infrastructure to improve quality of life.

Click here for more information.


Debbie Lane             T: 02 6051 7721              E:

Les Chettleburgh      T: 02 6051 7723              E:


Regional Relocation Grant

The scheme will provide applicants with a one-off payment of $7,000 to assist them with the cost of relocating from their metropolitan home to a regional home.


The NSW Government is committed to helping as many people as possible with the cost of relocating from their metropolitan home to a regional home.The NSW Government has announced that the Grant has been extended to apply to applicants buying vacant land valued up to $450 000, provided the applicant commences building within 6 months and occupation of the home within 12 months of completion of the land purchase. This applies to purchases from 1 July 2011.The metropolitan area means the local government areas of the Sydney metropolitan area, Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Gosford, Wyong, Wollondilly, Wollongong and Newcastle.


To be eligible for the Grant, you must meet the following criteria:

  • An applicant must own a regional property or be the lessee under a long term lease, and must also be the owner or previous owner of a metropolitan property
  • An applicant must be a natural person (a real person not a legal person, that is, Public or private business) An applicant must not purchase the regional home in his or her capacity as a trustee
  • At least one applicant must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident at the completion date of the regional property purchase or the commencement date of a long term lease
  • An applicant must have entered into an agreement to purchase a home or vacant land on which to build a home, or be granted a long term lease over a property, within a regional area
  • At least one applicant must have occupied the metropolitan home as their principal place of residence within the 12 months before the commencement date of the regional property purchase or lease
  • The value of the regional home must not exceed $600,000 or $450,000 for vacant land. For a long term lease the incoming contribution or upfront fee must not exceed $600,000.
  • The whole of the metropolitan home must be sold within the 12 months preceding the commencement date for the purchase or lease of the regional property or within 12 months after completion. In the case of a contract to purchase, completion is the date of registration. In the case for a long term lease, completion is the date the lease commences
  • All applicants must occupy the regional home as their principal place of residence for at least 12 continuous months commencing within 12 months after the completion date of the purchase or the commencement of a long term lease
  • An applicant must not have received an earlier grant under the Regional Relocation (Home Buyers Grant) Act 2011.

Applications / Guidelines Application methods: Mail

Address: PO Box 666 WOOLONGONG 2520 NSW

T: 1300 368 676



Quick Response Grants

Made available under the Regional Arts Fund allocation for NSW, Quick Response Grants ('Quicks') offer 'urgent' funding of up to $1,500 for local arts and cultural projects in regional and rural NSW. Preference is given to projects from smaller and remote communities. 'Quicks' are offered on a quarterly basis. There is no deadline for applications, which may be made as required, although applications are processed on a 'first come, first served' basis.

The objectives of Quick Response funding are to:

  • Enable NSW professional artists and arts and cultural organisations to take up opportunities that are time sensitive
  • Support the employment of NSW professional artists
  • Contribute to innovation and excellence
  • Promote the NSW arts and cultural sector nationally and internationally.

Priority will be given to applicants who have not received Quick Response funding in the last 12 months.

For further information contact:

Ben Sibson, Funding Manager: 02 9270 2502


Applications are ongoing.


Satellite Phone Subsidy Scheme

The aim of the scheme is to help people living or working outside of terrestrial mobile phone coverage to purchase satellite mobile phones.

The subsidy is for the purchase of a satellite phone that is either;

  • Handheld 
  • Non handheld and used in a mobile environment, such as phones that are installed and used in a vehicle or vessel.

Note: The subsidy is not available for phones that are fixed to a homestead, building or other immobile structure. The subsidy does not cover any ongoing bills, charges or the ongoing service of the service provider.

Applications are ongoing.

For further information including eligibility go to:


Black Spot Program

The purpose of the Department of Infrastructure and Transport's program is to reduce crashes on Australian roads and to target those road locations where crashes are occurring.

Road crashes are a major cost to Australians every year. Black Spot projects target those road locations where crashes are occurring. By funding measures such as traffic signals and roundabouts at dangerous locations, the program reduces the risk of crashes. Programs of this sort are very effective, saving the community many times the cost of the relatively minor road improvements that are implemented. Widespread community consultation and participation is fundamental to this program, ensuring that local concerns are addressed.

Who can apply?

Community groups, motorist organisations, industry organisations, councils and individuals are invited to nominate Black Spot sites around Australia to be considered for treatment.

Applications are ongoing.

For further information click here


Redkite Financial Grants


To provide financial assistance for young people (up to the age of 24) diagnosed with cancer in Australia and their families to help them manage the everyday expenses and keep their focus on the most important task of caring for themselves, their sick child and for one another.


  • Talk with your social worker or care coordinator about how Redkite can provide you or your family with financial assistance
  • Redkite can offer cancer support at any stage of the cancer journey including: When recently diagnosed, during treatment, when you return home from hospital or through your grieving period if you lose a child to cancer.

This program is ongoing.

For further information, please go to:


Veteran and Community Grants

The objectives of the Department of Veterans Affairs Veteran and Community Grants are to:

  • Promote and enhance healthy lifestyles, particularly physical activity and mental well-being
  • Support quality independent living at home
  • Encourage involvement in community activities
  • Reduce social isolation
  • Contribute to social inclusion and access to community activities
  • Encourage supportive and safe communities
  • Increase access to community services
  • Address gaps in local services, and
  • Support carers.


To be eligible for a Veteran and Community Grant, an applicant must:

  • Be an ex-service organisation, veteran representative group, community based organisation or private organisation
  • Demonstrate the ability to contribute to the welfare of members of the veteran community through the proposed project.

Applications will not be considered from:

  • Individuals
  • Organisations seeking commercial gain from the project
  • Organisations contracted to DVA for the provision of Veterans' Home Care or other services requesting funding for any activity related to that contract, or
  • Organisations or projects receiving Home and Community Care program funding for a specific service type that are requesting Veteran and Community Grants funding for the same service type.

Amount: $2,000 to $50,000

For Further Information contact the  Department of Veteran Affairs: 13 32 54

Applications are ongoing.


Regional Industries Investment Fund


The Regional Industries Investment Fund (RIIF) is a key element of the NSW Government's commitment to driving economic growth in regional New South Wales and enhancing the attractiveness of regional areas. The RIIF is administered by NSW Trade & Investment providing financial support for business investment, local infrastructure and economic development projects that result in or promote economic outcomes for the State.


Business investment projects Support is available for investment projects that contribute to regional population growth through the creation of new jobs, or in special circumstances the retention of existing jobs in a regional location. The RIIF aims to encourage business growth by helping businesses overcome impediments to investment projects that will lead to the creation of new jobs in regional NSW.

Applicants must demonstrate:

  • the long term viability of the project
  • cost impediments delaying or preventing the project from proceeding
  • a significant new investment in operations
  • a planned substantial increase in new jobs as a result of the project

 Firms creating new jobs in NSW may also be eligible for payroll tax rebates under the NSW Government's Payroll Tax Rebate Scheme - Jobs Action Plan administered by the Office of State Revenue.

Eligible applicants:

  • metropolitan, interstate and overseas firms establishing in or relocating to regional NSW; and
  • firms in regional NSW expanding existing operations or establishing new operations.

Local Infrastructure Projects

Support is available for local infrastructure projects that are linked with employment generation investments and deliver industrial projects that have the potential to benefit more than one firm. The RIIF aims to address infrastructure barriers impeding business investment and job creation for specific projects in regional locations. Assistance is directed toward offsetting the costs of specific critical infrastructure required for business establishment, expansion or relocation in regional NSW.

Applicants must demonstrate:

  • that the business infrastructure is directly linked to development of actual business investment and employment creation opportunities at the location to what extent the business infrastructure will be “common” ie has the potential to benefit other business users (current or future)
  • an estimated timetable for the infrastructure being required/connected.
  • how funding will be a catalyst for infrastructure outcomes which would not otherwise be achieved
  • Substantial commitment of contributions from other sources (eg local government, private sector, Commonwealth and NSW government agencies).

 Eligible applicants include:

  • Local Councils
  • infrastructure providers
  • the private sector.

Economic development projects

Funding is available for projects that build capacity in local regional industries and/or have the potential to generate economic benefits such as employment, business or industry development/growth. This program does not provide assistance for community events or tourism initiatives. For applicants seeking funding for tourism projects, please visit: for details.

Applicants must demonstrate that the project:has broad support from stakeholders or that the project is aligned with a local, regional or industry plan has the potential to create economic benefits for the broader area/region rather than being of specific benefit to a single enterprise.

Eligible applicants include:

  • local councils
  • incorporated associations including business, industry and community organisations
  • regional development organisations including Regional Development Australia committees.

For further information on the Regional Industries Investment Fund, please contact your local NSW Trade & Investment office.

Applications / Guidelines

Application methods: Mail Website:


Contact Details

P: 02 9338 6719



Sidney Myer Fund Education Program


The program aims to contribute to enabling Australians to achieve the best possible educational outcomes, irrespective of their cultural background, socio-economic status and place of residence.

Large Grants Program

The current priority areas of the Education Large Grants Program are:

  • Early Years (0-5)
  • Indigenous Education.

Please note, no unsolicited applications to this Large Grants Program is accepted.

Small Grants Program

The Education Small Grants Program aims to provide a quick response to community needs and supports projects that:

  • Disadvantaged Young People
  • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse young people
  • Young people in rural and regional communities


The current priority areas for the Education Small Grants Program are:

  • Local community and school based projects that aim to achieve education outcomes for 0-25 year olds
  • Small, discreet projects that meet the needs of a community rather than supplementary funding for large projects
  • Projects that encourage integration and improve educational outcomes for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students
  • Rural and regional communities.


Applications will be accepted for grants for charitable purposes from Australian incorporated organisations that have been endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) as Tax Concession Charities (TCC).

For further information: 

T: 03 9207 3040 



Aboriginal Benefits Foundation Grants


The Foundation provides grants to Aboriginal communities and individuals to support projects which advance the aims of the Foundation.

Applications / Guidelines

In view of the limited resources available to the Foundation, priority for funding is being given to the following categories:

1.     Seeding grants:

o    to research the relevance and value of new projects that may be ineligible for support from existing agencies

o    to facilitate schemes or projects of benefit to Aboriginal health, welfare or education which have potential for wider application.

2.     One-off grants in support of:

o    health and well being of artists and their families

o    education through art projects which will benefit health and well being

o    individuals and communities, with a connection to Aboriginal art and/or artists, to meet special needs

Grant applications are considered by the Board of the Foundation at each directors meeting. The Board currently meets approximately 6 - 8 times each year.

In extreme and special circumstances the Board may allocate funds outside these guidelines.

Application methods: Mail

For further information:
Website: Aboriginal Benefits Foundation Grants


RAS Foundation Community Futures Grant


The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Foundation (RASF) is offering an opportunity for community-minded people to be awarded up to $25,000 in funding for a community project in their local area.

Taking part is easy:

  • Identify a need in your rural NSW community
  • Partner with a local community organisation
  • Create a project plan for your initiative

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible applicants must be a resident of the rural NSW community the project will benefit. In the past this grant has carried an age limit of 35 years. This age limit has now been lifted, however the RAS Foundation remains committed to fostering youth leadership and will earmark a portion of the available grant funding to projects driven by young people.

What types of projects are eligible?

The RASF invites ideas that deliver strong community benefits and result in enhanced economic and social outcomes for your community. Projects that involve collaboration between people in your town and deliver sustained and broad community benefits will be highly regarded. Applicants will be passionate about rural and regional NSW, and have a good understanding of any issues affecting their community.

Infrastructure for local showgrounds and Show Societies are eligible. The improvements must demonstrate that they go beyond benefiting just the local Show Society in running the local Show, but rather enabling broader use by other community groups to run on-going projects or programs.

What projects are not eligible?

While the criteria for this program are broad, the RASF does not fund wages, consultant’s fees, one-off events, operational and administration costs, travel or accommodation.

For further information:


Contact: 02 9704 1226


CSIRO Kick-Start 


The CSIRO Kick-Start program helps Australian start-ups and small SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) access dollar-matched funding to undertake research, development, or testing activities with CSIRO. It is a targeted program, which forms part of CSIRO’s strategic commitment to deepen our direct support for Australian technology start-ups and SMEs in areas of national growth priorities.

The research activities can include, for example, the development of prototypes, improving methods and processes, or the testing of novel materials. Eligible companies within three years of registration, or with a turnover or operating expenditure of less than $1.5 million, can access a KickStart voucher of between $10k-50k (matched dollar-for-dollar to the company cash contribution) to assist in accessing CSIRO research capability.


SME Connect’s dedicated Kick-Start Program Manager, along with other members of the SME Connect team, take a customer first approach and will assist in:

  • Connecting the business to the best CSIRO research expertise, utilising our national CSIRO network of facilitators and contacts.
  • Expediting the application process and helping with project design, if required, to ensure the project meets customer needs and expectations.
  • Maintaining end-to-end engagement – remaining in communication with both researchers and businesses during the course of, and after completion of, the project, to ensure expectations are met, and knowledge transfer is smooth and effective.


Kick-Start vouchers are designed to help start-ups and small businesses access matched funding of between $10,000-50,000 to undertake a research project with CSIRO.


Who can apply? 

Businesses will need to provide evidence they meet the following criteria as part of the application process:

  • Be registered and operating in Australia.
  • Have an annual turnover and operating expenditure <$1.5million, in the current and each of the two previous financial years (if applicable).
  • Have an ACN
  • Be solvent
  • Be registered for GST
  • Be able to demonstrate they can fully support their proportion of the project funding.

What can the grants be used for? 

Projects will be developed between the company and the relevant CSIRO researcher(s). If required this can be facilitated by the SME Connect team. Eligible projects must:

  • Include one of the following activities: 

o Research into a new idea with commercial potential

o Development of a novel or improved product or process

o Test a novel product or material developed by the company

  • Be delivered by CSIRO business units and/or facilities. This currently includes: 

o Manufacturing

o Mineral Resources

o Agriculture and Food

o Health and Biosecurity

o Energy

o Data61

o Land and Water

o Oceans and Atmospheres

o Services

o Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL)

  • Be less than 1 year in length
  • Have a mutually agreed budget and scope of work


Application Method: Email


Contact Details:

P: 03 9545 2617 

M: 0472824798


Applications open on an ongoing basis.   


Bin Trim Rebates Program 


The Bin Trim Rebates program is a $9.4 million program supported by the Environmental Trust as part of the NSW EPA’s Waste Less, Recycle More initiative, funded from the waste levy. It is being made available to fund small scale reuse and recycling equipment for waste generated by small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs).


The NSW Waste and Resource Recovery Strategy 2014-2021 sets a target to increase the commercial and industrial (business) recycling rate to 70 per cent by 2021. A 2014 commercial and industrial (C&I) waste audit, commissioned by the NSW EPA, found that a significant proportion of commercial and industrial waste is produced by small to medium sized businesses – 17 per cent by ‘mixed’ small to medium sized businesses and a further 53 per cent by other industry sectors such as manufacturing and retail; of which 99 per cent are small to medium sized businesses.

By June 2017, it is anticipated that the Bin Trim Rebate program will help up to 750 businesses improve their recycling through the provision of equipment, diverting up to 15,000 tonnes of material from landfill. The Bin Trim Rebates program is designed to accommodate a range of different equipment options. Rebate applications must:

  • divert additional new tonnes from landfill
  • be cost effective to fund equipment that will help improve source separation of recyclables, reduce waste and/or increase recycling in the workplace
  • divert priority materials including paper, cardboard, plastic (including expanded polystyrene), food, organics and wood/timber, however, other materials will also be considered
  • lead to improved recycling for source separation of waste, including ancillary equipment such as bins, signage and kitchen caddies, as long as they fall within minimum / maximum rebate amounts.


Businesses can apply for rebates of between $1000 and $50,000, for up to 50 per cent of the cost of equipment, and for up to five sites. A maximum of $250,000 is available for any one business over the life of the program. 


Eligible projects  

Equipment eligible for a rebate includes material processing infrastructure that diverts waste from landfill as well as recycling infrastructure. This includes but is not limited to:

  • balers
  • compactors
  • glass crushing machines
  • commercial worm farms
  • composters
  • shredders
  • EPS Compaction equipment
  • recycling bins / bin equipment
  • public place recycling bins if the material is collected under a commercial and industrial contract
  • ·other equipment on a case by case basis that meets the terms and conditions of the Bin Trim Rebate program.

Eligible Applicants  

Small to medium sized businesses (SMEs)

  • small to medium sized businesses with 1-199 full-time equivalent employees that can provide waste data from a waste assessment or audit in the past two years, conducted through an EPA program or other by application

Facility Managers

  • Facility managers responsible for small to medium sized business waste at sites such as business parks, commercial buildings and shopping centres. These applications must be supported by waste data from an approved EPA  program or other on application.
  • Facility Managers of multiple sites (such as child care or aged care services) where the site: 

o has between 1-199 employees and operates as a small to medium sized business

o has its own waste contract

o has waste data from an approved EPA program or other on application

o is not owned by a listed company.

Recyclers – Collectors and Processors

  • Recyclers diverting small to medium sized business waste from landfill and who are themselves a small to medium sized business. Recyclers must show that the equipment will be used to provide either a new service for small to medium sized business clients or enhance current services to divert additional tonnes from landfill.


Application Method: Online 


Contact Details:

P: 13 15 55 


Applications open on an ongoing basis.   

Grants - Set Application Period 

Inland Rail Community Sponsorships and Donations Program

Inland Rail is committed to supporting communities along the alignment, by making voluntary financial contributions to eligible community groups running events, projects and activities which contribute to local and regional prosperity, well-being and sustainability.

Financial requests between $1,000 and $4,000 will be considered from eligible community organisations.

There are four annual open rounds.

For projects, events, activities commencing:
Round opens:
Round closes:
June to August
1 February each year 30 April each year
September to November 1 May each year 31 July each year
December to February 1 August each year 31 October each year
March to May 1 November each year 31 January each year

How to apply

Please refer to the Inland Rail Community Sponsorship and Donation Program Guidelines for information about the Program, eligibility requirements, application and assessment processes and terms and conditions of funding.

All applications must be made using the Program’s application form.

More information

Please refer to the FAQs or email link)

Stronger Country Communities Fund - Round 3 - Opens 1 July 2019

Greater Hume’s allocation is $794,431.

The Stronger Country Communities Fund is back by popular demand with the NSW Government increasing funding by $100 million, topping up the fund to $400 million.  Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro and Minister for Regional Youth, Bronnie Taylor announced an additional $100 million for the fund with up to $50 million for regional youth projects. This brings the total funding for the Stronger Country Communities Fund to $400 million; and the total value of the Regional Growth Fund to $1.7 billion.
Round Three of the SCCF will open for 13 weeks to all eligible applicants from 1 July 2019. Complementing the Fund’s traditional focus on community infrastructure to improve everyday living, in 2019 there will be an increased focus on young people aged 12-24 and a broader scope of eligible projects including programs as well as local infrastructure.



Funding applications must seek a minimum of $50,000.

Examples of youth projects or programs that could be funded include job skills programs, recreational programs and places, youth centre upgrades, safer driver training, programs to build young people’s digital skills, performance art spaces and support groups.
Funding will be allocated to projects that clearly demonstrate community support for projects and align with the program objectives; noting at least 50 per cent of the Round Three funding available in your Local Government Area will be allocated to projects supporting young people.

Key dates

  • Monday 1 July 2019                             Applications open 9am

  • Friday 27 September 2019                   Applications close 5pm

  • October 2019 – January 2020              Projects are assessed

  • From January 2020                               Successful projects expected to be announced


Projects and Program Information

Council owned/managed land/facilities

  • Have you contacted Greater Hume Council (see contact details below)?

  • Is a Development Application required?

  • Have you obtained written approval from the Section 355 Management Committee of the Council owned/managed land/facility?

  • Are you aware of the GST implications in relation to this application?

Non Council owned/managed land/facilities

  • Is a Development Application required?

  • Are you aware of the GST implications in relation to this application?

  • Are you aware that you or your organisation will be required to fully manage this project/program including milestone/s reporting, acquittals, creating invoices to receive funding from NSW Government, managing contractors and working to strict deadlines.

The Guidelines and other online resources are available to assist applicants at Webinars will be held during the application open period to assist in application development.

Contact Us

Get in touch with Greater Hume Council to discuss your project and/or receive a letter of support from Council. Contact Kerrie Wise, Executive Assistant – Tourism and Promotions Officer at Council’s Holbrook Office.


NSW Government
Debbie Lane, Local Business Development Manager to provide information on the program to assist you to develop applications.


Federal Government - Stronger Communities Program, Round 5

The Morrison Government is working to keep our economy strong, and to strengthen local communities.

Community groups contribute so much to our local community, making them better places to live, work and raise a family.

Our local communities are the heart of this great country and this investment in local projects under the Stronger Communities Program is about invigorating these communities and ensuring their continued success.

The Stronger Communities Program supports the Morrison Government’s commitment to deliver social benefits in communities across Australia. Round 5 of the program will provide $22.65 million to fund small capital projects in each of the 151 federal electorates.
The program’s intended outcomes are to improve local community participation and contribute to vibrant and viable communities.

Community consultation is a critical element of the program. In consultation with their community, each MP must identify potential applicants and projects in their electorate and invite them to apply for a grant. Invited applications will be assessed against the program’s eligibility criteria through a closed non-competitive process.

Each electorate has total funding of up to $150,000 that can be allocated to successful applications. A maximum of 20 projects will be funded in each electorate.

The grant amount will be up to 50 per cent of eligible project costs (grant percentage).

  • The minimum grant amount is $2,500.
  • The maximum grant amount is $20,000.

Total funding for the project from the Commonwealth cannot exceed 50 per cent of the total eligible project expenditure. Applicants can fund their share of eligible project costs from any source including from state and local government. Their contribution can be either cash or in-kind. Where they provide in-kind contributions, they must calculate the dollar value.

Applications Open – Monday 5 August 2019
Expressions of Interest Forms Due – Friday 6 September
Applications Close – Thursday 10 October 2019
Project Completion - Tuesday 30 June 2020




Federal Government - Communities Environment Fund

Australians care deeply about their communities and are passionate about protecting our local flora and fauna, our threatened species, and our beautiful natural environment.

The Communities Environment Program will harness that passion by helping grassroots community organisations to deliver practical local projects and re-connect Australians with their local environment.

The Morrison Government’s Communities Environment Program will harness that passion by helping grassroots community organisations to deliver practical local projects that build environmental awareness and re-connect Australians with their local environment.

The Communities Environment Program seeks to support community-led environmental projects that address local environmental issues and priorities. Each federal electorate has been allocated up to $150,000 in 2019-20 for up to 20 projects.

I’d like to invite your organisation to consider applying for funding through the Communities Environment Program. Grants can range from $2,500 to $20,000 per project. No matching funding by proponents is necessary under this program’s guidelines.

Please find attached an Expression of Interest form, which you can complete and return to my office. If you have any questions or require further information, please contact my office who will be happy to assist.

Applications Open – Monday 5 August 2019
Expressions of Interest Forms Due – Friday 6 September
Applications Close – Thursday 10 October 2019
Project Completion - Thursday 31 December 2020