2019 Newcastle Communities Environment Grant Program Expressions of Interest are now open!

Do you have a local environmental project in Newcastle that needs funding? Applications are now open for the 2019 Newcastle Communities Environment Program, offering organisations the opportunity to source grants of between $2,500 and $20,000 for on-ground activities within the electorate.

Up to $150,000 of funding will be available for small scale, community-led environment projects that address local environmental priorities in Newcastle. Grants of between $2,500 and up to a maximum of $20,000 are available. The grant amount can cover all eligible project costs; however, additional cash and/or in-kind contributions towards the project costs are strongly encouraged.


How do I apply?

Fill in an Expression of Interest Form here.

Expressions of Interest are now open and will close Midnight on Sunday, 15 September 2019.

Please note, lodging an Expression of Interest does not guarantee being selected as an applicant.

Further information and Program Guidelines are available here.


How are applications assessed?

Applications will be assessed by an Environmental Community Consultation Committee, made up of Novocastrians with a strong connection to Newcastle’s community and environment. The committee will assess applications based on the grant’s objectives below.

The objectives of the program are to:

  • Deliver positive environmental and social outcomes.
  • Give communities the resources, skills and knowledge to care for the environment and address local environmental priorities.

The intended outcomes of the program are:

  • Improved management of native species, including threatened species, and their habitat,
  • Improved management of the environment, including coastal, wetland and riparian areas,
  • Reduced levels of threats and risks to the environment, including from the impact of litter/waste,
  • Run-off to waterways, feral animals, diseases and weeds,
  • Increased community knowledge of, and participation in, activities that protect and restore environmental assets,
  • Increased community connection with the natural environment in their local area.


Who is eligible to apply?

To be eligible for funding an Applicant must:

  • Be a legal entity with a current Australian Business Number (ABN), and
  • An incorporated not for profit organisation, including parents and citizens or parents and friends groups (the grant opportunity guidelines provide detail on how you must demonstrate your ‘not for profit’ status),
  • 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 ABC) and that can enter into a grant agreement in its own right,
    • A legal entity applying on behalf of a registered school.
  • A regional land partnerships service provider acting as a project sponsor to enable a community group to undertake their project,
  • A local governing body as defined by the local government (Financial Assistance) act 1995 or listed in the guidelines.

The project must be located in the Newcastle electorate and applicants must be able to demonstrate the project meets the eligibility criteria.

Further information and Program Guidelines are available here.


What Kind of Projects Could Be Funded?

To be eligible for a grant 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,
  • direct the majority of grant funding to on-ground eligible activities,
  • undertake the majority of the project in the Newcastle electorate,
  • request a grant amount between $2,500 and $20,000,
  • have at least $2,500 in eligible expenditure.

Examples of projects that may be funded include (but are not limited to):

  • monitoring local flora, fauna, water quality and marine debris (including on land, in freshwater or in estuarine/marine areas),
  • supporting recovery of threatened species (including terrestrial, aquatic and marine species), such as providing nest boxes or artificial burrows,
  • seed collection and propagation to support revegetation of habitats and threatened ecological communities,
  • planting 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 to control access to sensitive sites, remnant vegetation or revegetation sites,
  • installation of infrastructure, such as boardwalks, to manage access to sensitive natural habitats,
  • reducing sediment, contaminant and nutrient run-off to waterways,
  • litter clean-up events, marine debris collection or litter management infrastructure,
  • new or enhanced recycling drop-off facilities, and community-based initiatives to repair, share, re-use or recycle products,
  • workshops to increase community skills in monitoring, conserving, and/or protecting threatened species, ecological communities or other important environmental assets.
  • citizen science activities that encourage people to collect and contribute information about the local environment,
  • activities that protect or enhance the natural environment and/or support recovery of native pecies/communities e.g. recovery plans for threatened species, collection/propagation of  seeds from native species, revegetation of native species, habitat support for species,
  • activities that reduce threats and risks to the natural environment e.g. managing invasive weeds, fencing to support environmental protection/restoration, managing erosion,
  • activities that the reduce the impact of waste and litter,
  • activities that encourage re-use and recycling,
  • activities that improve carbon sequestration,
  • educational activities that build community knowledge about the local environment and how the community can conserve, protect, monitor, and/or manage it sustainably.

If you are unsure about your project please don’t hesitate to contact my office on 02 4926 1555.

Examples of projects that are unable to be funded include:

  • payment of salaries for existing staff or contractors;
  • recurring or ongoing expenditure such as annual maintenance, lease payments, electricity or gas expenditure;
  • projects that seek funding to stage events, exhibit a display or for filming;
  • projects to undertake studies or investigations; or
  • purchase of land or buildings.

Further information and Program Guidelines are available here.


Questions and more information?

Call my office on 4926 1555 during business hours or email sharon.claydon.mp@aph.gov.au 



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