COmmunities environment program

expression of interest

Photo Paul Hardie

Photo Paul Hardie

The Liberal Government’s Communities Environment Program supports local communities to deliver a wider range of on-ground projects that conserve, protect and sustainably manage our environment.

Under the Communities Environment Program, each federal electorate will receive up to $150,000 in grant funding for small-scale, community-led projects for 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 $2,500 and the maximum grant amount set at $20,000. Projects are nominated for funding by the Local Member of Parliament in consultation with the community.

Who is eligible?

  • You must be a community organisation that is a legal entity, able to enter into a grant agreement with the Commonwealth.

  • Community clubs (including Lions clubs, rotary clubs, scouts and guides groups, sports clubs), not-for-profit organisations such as Indigenous organisations, Landcare groups (including bushcare, coastcare, ‘friends of’ groups), schools, councils, and other community and conservation groups are all encouraged to apply.

How do I express interest?

Fill in the below EOI form below - if you have any supporting documentation (ie. plans, prices, etc.) please email them to me at using the subject line “Communities Environment Program - EOI”.

I will then consider the EOIs and deciding which projects to nominate after consulting with the community through a panel.

If your organisation is nominated, you’ll be invited to apply formally when the program officially opens in mid-2019 through the Australian Government Business Grants Hub. Nominated projects will need to meet Program Guidelines and eligibility criteria, which will be made available closer to the opening date.

Applications are now open and need to be submitted by 17 October 2019.


Please note any forms received after the above deadline cannot be accepted as there are strict time constraints for the expressions of interest to be assessed.

What is your proposal/project? - 50 words or less
Does your project require council approval? *
Project description should focus on the benefits to the environment and identify the priority environmental issue (from reducing waste and litter, protecting native animals, improving coasts, wetlands and waterways and greening parks and urban areas)

Successful Expressions of Interest will be invited to submit a formal application which will be assessed by an independent panel. Grants will not be ongoing.