Communities Environment Program

Status: closed

Closing Date: 27 September 2019

Amount: Up to $150,000 per federal electorate

Organisation: Australian Government

The Australian Government will invest more than $22 million in 2019-20 to deliver a wide range of on-ground projects that conserve, protect and sustainably manage our environment.

Under the Communities Environment Program, each federal electorate can receive up to $150,000 in grant funding for small-scale, community-led projects nominated by the local Member of Parliament in consultation with the community will focus on environmental priorities such as:

  • waste and litter reduction
  • protecting native animals, including our threatened species
  • addressing weeds and pest animals
  • restoring and improving coasts, wetlands, riverbanks and waterways
  • greening parks and urban areas.

This program aims to support the environmental priorities of local community and environment groups in their regions and neighbourhoods. It aims to not only recover and strengthen our environment, but also to build and strengthen our communities.

Each electorate can receive funding for up to 20 projects, with the minimum grant amount being $2500 and the maximum grant amount set at $20,000. And sitting Members of Parliament will consult with their community to identify potential projects for their respective electorates.

Who is eligible for funding?

A broad range of organisations will be eligible to put forward projects to their local Member of Parliament. This includes community clubs (including Lions clubs, rotary clubs, sports clubs), not-for-profit organisations such as Indigenous organisations, Landcare groups (including bushcare, coastcare, ‘friends of’ groups), schools and other community and conservation groups.

Local governing bodies as defined by the Local Government (Financial Assistance) Act 1995 will also be eligible to receive funding.

Individuals and state or territory government departments will not be eligible for funding.


This program is expected to commence in the 2019-2020 financial year. Guidelines and application forms are expected to be available mid-year.

In the meantime, community groups can contact their local member of parliament with their project ideas. Local members can consult with community groups about environment projects in their electorates ahead of the program opening

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