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Shortland Communities Environment Program

Expressions of interest close on 23 September 2019

The Australian Government 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 Communities Environment Program 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% 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.


Eligibility criteria

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.

    How to apply

    You should read the grant opportunity guidelines before you apply. The guidelines provide detailed information on the grant opportunity, including granting activity objectives; eligibility criteria; the assessment processes; reporting and acquittal requirements; and a description of review mechanisms.

    How applications are assessed

    Applications are assessed against the eligibility criteria.

    To be recommended for funding, your project must meet all eligibility criteria, provide value for money and be considered a proper use of public resources.

    Fact sheet

    Expression of interest form