Communities Environment Program

The Communities Environment Program supports small scale, community-led environment projects that address local environmental priorities in each of the 151 federal electorates across Australia.
Each federal electorate will receive up to $150,000 for up to 20 projects, with grants ranging from $2,500 to $20,000 per project.
Eligible projects will focus on local 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; and greening parks and urban areas. Examples of eligible projects include:
  • monitoring local flora, fauna, water quality and marine debris
  • supporting recovery of threatened species, such as providing nest boxes or artificial burrows
  • installation of infrastructure, such as boardwalks, to manage access to sensitive natural habitats
  • new or enhanced recycling drop-off facilities, and community-based initiatives to repair, share, re-use or recycle products

Expressions of Interest applications are now open and will close Friday 27 September. Projects will be nominated for funding in consultation with the community and organisations will then be invited to apply for the grant.

Who can apply?

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 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 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
  • a local governing body as defined by the Local Government (Financial Assistance) Act 1995 or listed in the guidelines.

How do I express interest?

  • You may complete the EOI by downloading the form, once completed scan and email to my office or scroll down to complete the online application.
  • The fact sheet provides information on the types of projects that can be funded.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to read the guidelines and the Frequently asked Questions.
I’ll then be considering the Expressions of Interest and deciding which projects to nominate after consulting with the community through a panel. If your organisation is nominated, you’ll be invited by me to apply formally.

For more information about the Communities’ Environment Program, please contact my office on 9899 7211.

If you wish to attach any supporting information - plans, prices etc and letters of support, please email.

Expressions of Interest Form

Your Organisation


Your Details


Your Project

Please identify the location of the project if the project is on multiple sites or if your project crosses multiple electorates: