Environmental Grants


Community Energy Efficiency and Solar Grants 2020 (EEC Program) (GO3814)

Community organisations can apply for a grant of $1,000-$12, 500 for:

  • energy efficient equipment (eg solar panels, solar hot water systems, LED lighting, high efficiency air conditioning units)
  • energy generation and storage systems (eg batteries)
  • energy audits.

The requested amount can cover 100% of the project costs.

There will be a maximum of two grants per electorate (Warringah is an eligible electorate).

Grants will be awarded to eligible applicants on a first-come-first-served basis ie the first two projects will be funded. Six applications will be accepted before the electorate is 'closed for applications' to allow for ineligible applications.

Your organisation must satisfy the following criteria:

  • Incorporated
  • Not-for-profit
  • Have an ABN

Organisations targeted by the grant include:

  • Community sporting clubs
  • Surf Life Saving clubs
  • Scout or guide groups
  • Community owned kindergartens and child care centres
  • Welfare centres and community centres
  • Men's sheds and women's associations
  • Rural fire services
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community groups

Entities that may not apply:

  • For-profit entities
  • Education facilities such as schools and universities as well as P&C associations
  • Government bodies with the exception of rural fire services (You can apply if you are an eligible entity that occupies a building owned by a government body.)
  • Individuals
  • Groups that use the site primarily for gambling or the sale of alcohol
  • A group with a political nature or lobby group
  • A military service unit
  • A solar installation provider or a group associated with one
  • A group that occupies a domestic residence
  • A trust (however, an incorporated trustee may apply on behalf of a trust)
  • A non-corporate Commonwealth entity
  • An organisation that seeks to exclude groups of residents by way of discrimination

In your application, you will need to include:

  • One current quote from a licensed and accredited installer
  • Letter of consent from the building/facility owner/manager
  • Supplier Declaration confirming the products/work meets eligibility requirements
  • Relevant approvals and mandatory attachments such as evidence you are a not-for-profit and evidence showing the source of your additional funding if your project exceeds $12, 500.

The maximum grant project period is 12 months.  You can start your project from the date the grant agreement is executed by the government.  If you choose to start your project before this date, costs incurred are at your own risk.  You must incur your grant expenditure between the project start and end dates.

You can expect to hear if you have been successful within 15 weeks of submitting your application.  If you are successful, expect to commence your project around June 2020.

Closes 18 May 2020 but the sooner you submit your application, the better.

Please ensure that you read the Grand Guidelines in full and refer to the Fact Sheet.  For Grant Guidelines, please click here or here.

You will find an application form HERE.


Community Litter Grants (Round 6)

The aim of the Community Litter Grant program is to help deliver the NSW Government target to reduce litter by 40% by 2020. NSW community groups are invited to apply for funding for community-led litter prevention activities.

Grant funding is available in two streams:

Stream 1: On-Ground litter prevention projects - $4,000 to $40,000

  • For groups who want to act on a locally identified litter issue at one or more locations
  • Projects in this stream will use proven methods of litter prevention to support the motivation of the community group to reduce litter.

Stream 2: Own It and Act partnership projects - $50,000 to $90,000

  • Projects in this stream will be longer-term strategic state or regional litter prevention initiatives that may not be site-specific.
  • Projects must demonstrate how they build leadership and capacity of community groups to deliver ongoing litter prevention outcomes.
  • Projects in this stream must align with and support the Own It and Act strategic framework developed by the DPIE Litter Prevention Unit.

To apply for funding, a community group must be a non-government, not-for-profit organisation. You must have your own constitution and be incorporated under the law of a state or territory of Australia as an incorporated association, company or cooperative society. All projects must be completed by March 2021.

Closes 10am on Tuesday 14 April 2020.

Send your completed application form by email to In the email subject field, add “Community Litter Grants R6 application” followed by your community group’s name.

For more information, please click here.

Please note: If your project focuses on reducing cigarette butt litter, you should apply instead for a Cigarette Butt Litter Round 1 grant. This round is open concurrently with this Community Litter Grant round.

National Environmental Science Program (NESP) 2 (GO3756)
The program will consist of four thematic research hubs hosted by national Australian research institutions, delivered where appropriate through regional nodes.

A hub will be:

  • a consortium of institutions/organisations

  • administered by a host institution that is an Australian research institution

  • led by a hub leader who is an outstanding researcher of international repute

  • focused on research priorities that are informed by end-user requirements, co-designed with relevant stakeholders and set by the department

  • multidisciplinary and span a range of specialisations including environmental scientists, data scientists and modellers, social scientists and economists.

    Each hub will include:

  • a senior Indigenous facilitator who will sit on all senior hub committees to ensure strong partnerships, collaboration and engagement with Indigenous Australians

  • a cross-cutting mission leader who is an outstanding researcher of international repute to drive multidisciplinary outcomes, deliver outputs into national information repositories and guide relevant investment across the four research hubs

  • individual specialists to support mission leaders deliver management options and research across the four cross-cutting missions

  • a data wrangler to assist each mission leader capture and automate data flow to national information repositories

  • knowledge broker and communications officer to facilitate both real-time and strategic engagement with end-users and maximise the impact of the program.

The four thematic research hubs will conduct research that focusses on:

a) Threatened and migratory species and ecological communities

b) Protected places

c) Waste

d) Climate adaptation

The ‘Resilient LandscapesHub will deliver:

  • applied research to support management of Australia’s terrestrial and freshwater habitats, including a focus on bushfire recovery, feral animals and invasive species impacts, and accessible science to assist land managers to create and maintain resilient, sustainable and productive landscapes

  • targeted biodiversity and taxonomy products to support efficient system monitoring

  • environmental monitoring systems and decision support tools

  • cross-hub coordination for the ‘threatened and migratory species and ecological communities’ functional mission to support policy development, program management and regulatory processes to protect Australia’s environmental assets in terrestrial, Ramsar and marine environments.

    The ‘Marine and CoastalHub will deliver:

  • applied research to support management of Australia’s marine and coastal environments including estuaries, coast, reefs, shelf and deep-water

  • targeted biodiversity and taxonomy products to support efficient system monitoring

  • environmental monitoring systems and decision support tools

  • cross-hub coordination for the ‘protected place management’ functional mission to support the management of our protected places and heritage including the national park estate and Ramsar sites in both marine and terrestrial environments.

    The ‘Sustainable Communities and Waste’ Hub will deliver research that supports:

  • targeted information and management tools to reduce the impact of plastic and other material on the environment

  • applied scenario modelling to support sustainable people-environment interactions in communities including urban heat island impacts and liveability analysis

  • effective and efficient management options for hazardous waste, substances and pollutants throughout their lifecycle to minimise environmental and human health impacts

  • maintained and improved air quality

  • cross-hub coordination for the ‘waste impact management’ functional mission to support decision maker policy development, program management and regulatory processes in both marine and terrestrial environments.

    The ‘Climate SystemsHub will:

  • maintain our world-class capability in multidisciplinary Earth system science and modelling

  • advance understanding of Australia’s climate variability, extremes and associated drivers, including the fundamental drivers of bushfires, drought and rainfall in the Australian region

  • develop applied decision-making tools and information to inform policy and programs to prepare Australia to manage emerging risks and opportunities

  • cross-hub coordination for the ‘climate adaptation’ functional mission to support climate information to program hubs to drive integrated adaptation research across the program to support evidence-based decision-making and improve Australia’s climate resilience.
NESP 2 represents a $149 million investment.
Closes 30 June 2020
For Grant Guidelines, please click here.

Clean Energy Seed Fund

This fund will focus on unearthing and financing emerging innovations and startups in clean energy. It has been designed to appeal to corporate, institutional, high net worth individuals and impact investors looking to gain diversified exposure to Australian clean energy startups.

A total funding pool of $26 million is available which includes a $10 million cornerstone commitment from the new $1 billion CEFC Innovation Fund which mobilises capital investment in renewable energy, low-emission technology and energy efficiency in Australia.

For more information, please click here.