Expressions of Interest (EOI) are now closed for the Communities Environment Program grants. This programme will fund small scale, community-led projects between $2,500 and $20,000 in the Nicholls electorate that address local environmental priorities.

Organisation eligibility

To apply you must have an Australian Business Number (ABN) and be one of the following entities:

  • An incorporated not for profit organisation including incorporated community associations (including Parents and Friends groups), indigenous not for profit corporations, non-distributing co-operatives, and companies limited by a guarantee.
  • A State government agency or body that is a registered school that is a legal entity, a legal entity applying on behalf of a registered school, or a Regional Land Partnerships service provider acting as a project sponsor for a community group.
  • A local governing body (as defined by the Local Government (Financial Assistance) Act 1995).
  • An incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust with responsibility for a community asset or property.
The following are not eligible to apply: for profit organisations, individuals, partnerships or trusts without an incorporated trustee, unsponsored unincorporated associations, non-corporate Commonwealth entities, Regional Development Australia Committees, a political party, organisation, or lobbyist, Commonwealth or State Government agencies or bodies other than those specified above, and organisations not based in Australia.

Financial and project eligibility

  • The minimum grant amount is $2,500 and the maximum grant amount is $20,000.
  • This grant will cover up to 100% of eligible project costs, however co-contributions are strongly encouraged (cash, state or local government grant, or in-kind).
  • You must complete your project no later than 31 December 2020.
  • Your project must:
      • Be a small scale, community-led environmental project
      • Give communities the resources, skills and knowledge to care for the environment
      • Deliver positive environmental and social outcomes
      • Include eligible activities and eligible expenditure
      • Direct the majority of grant funding to onground eligible activities
      • Undertake the majority of the project in the Nicholls electorate

Activity or project ideas

  • Monitoring local flora, fauna, water quality or marine debris (including on land, in freshwater or in estuarine/marine areas)
  • Supporting recovery of threatened species (including terrestrial, aquatic and marine species) and ecological communities,
  • Seed collection, propagation and planting of trees and understorey to rehabilitate degraded habitats / riverbanks / wetlands; control erosion; or to increase suitable habitat, vegetation linkages and available food sources for native animals
  • Reducing the impact of invasive weeds, pest animals, and diseases on the environment
  • Fencing or installing infrastructure, such as boardwalks, to manage access to sensitive natural habitats or sites
  • Litter clean-up events, marine debris collection or litter management infrastructure
  • Workshops to increase community skills in monitoring, conserving, and/or protecting threatened species, ecological communities or other important environmental assets
  • We may also approve other activities.

Process (including key dates)

  1. Submit an EOI Form to damian.drum.mp@aph.gov.au by Friday September 6 (you can alternatively mail or hand deliver a printed form to my office).
  2. EOI submissions will be shortlisted by a panel. Shortlisting will be based on your EOI meeting of all eligibility criteria, providing value for money and being considered a proper use of public resources.
  3. Shortlisted organisations will be contacted by my office and invited to apply for the grant before the Thursday October 10 closing date.

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