Environmental Grants

Community Conservation Grants

The Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife (FNPW) invites grant applications for conservation projects that assist in the protection of native species, habitats, landscapes and cultural heritage.

Grants are available for both field projects and education programs that have a direct outcome for nature conservation in Australia. 

This grant aims to fund urgent and high priority projects in the following focus areas:

• Healing our Land - protection, restoration, rehabilitation and revegetation of degraded habitats to ensure their ability to sustain native species.
• Saving Species - scientific research with tangible conservation outcomes and on-ground works to conserve Australia’s threatened species.
• Indigenous Heritage - conserving and celebrating Australia’s indigenous heritage as part of the gift we leave to future generations.
• Growing Parks - improving National Park facilities for the enjoyment of all, to foster and encourage the appreciation of nature.

FNPW considers proposals for funding from:

•Federal and state National Park agencies
•Agencies working with National Park agencies to increase the amount of protected high conservation value land or for the benefit of Australia’s natural and cultural heritage
•Not-for-profit and for-profit organisations with an ABN

Applications seeking up to $10,000 that show value for money and include co-contributions will be given preference. In some instances, part-funding may be offered.

•Projects requiring more than $10,000 may be eligible for this round. Please complete your application and contact FNPW to discuss your project prior to the closing date for applications.
•Projects requiring more than $25,000 may be eligible for co-funding or fundraising appeals outside of this round allocation. Any project application for funding over $25,000 must be discussed with FNPW prior to submission and a letter of invitation from FNPW must be included with your submission.

Closes 26 February 2021

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Business Recycling Program – Bin Trim Rebates for small-medium businesses

This program aims to fund small-scale reuse and recycling equipment for waste generated by small to medium-sized enterprises.

Rebates between $1,000 and $50,000 are available or up to 50% of the cost of reuse or recycling equipment. A maximum of $50,000 is available for any one site per financial year period and a maximum of $250,000 is available to any one applicant over the life of the program.

Eligible applicants include:
- Small to medium-sized businesses
- Facility managers
- Recyclers (collectors and processors)

Eligible equipment includes material processing infrastructure that diverts waste from landfill as well as recycling infrastructure. This includes (but not limited to):

- Balers
- Compactors
- Glass crushing machines
- Commercial worm farms
- Composters
- Shredders
- EPS compaction equipment
- Recycling bins/bin equipment
- Public place recycling bins if the material is collected under a commercial and industrial contract

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Special Initiative in Human Health and Environmental Change (GO4522)

Resilience to environmental change, emerging health threats and emergencies are NHMRC’s strategic priorities for action in 2018-2021.

The Special Initiative in Human Health and Environmental Change (SIHHEC) aims to strengthen the Australian health system’s resilience, preparedness and responsiveness to changing environmental conditions and extreme weather events by establishing a collaborative, multidisciplinary network that builds national research capacity and capability in human health and environmental change, with a focus on one or more of the following areas:

  • improving data sets and linkages needed to measure and evaluate the health-related impacts of environmental change at the individual and population level
  • improving current understanding of the complex interactions between primary, secondary and tertiary health effects of environmental and climate change (such as direct injury, changes to vector-borne diseases and increased air pollution, and social and economic disruption, respectively), as well as the interaction of changing environmental conditions with health inequity and inequality
  • assessing the health risks–both direct and indirect–and health system needs/costs associated with environmental change and extreme weather events, particularly over the long term, in vulnerable population groups and in affected regions, and/or
  • stimulating innovative solutions, developing evidence-based mitigation and adaptation plans, and conducting health-focused cost-benefit analyses of strategies that address the health impacts of environmental change. 

Closes 31 March 2021

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ARENA Advancing Renewables Program

This program aims to support a broad range of development, demonstration and pre-commercial projects that can deliver affordable and reliable renewable energy.

The program’s objective is to fund activities that contribute to one or more of the following outcomes:
- Reduction in the cost of renewable energy.
- Increase in the value delivered by renewable energy.
- Improvement in technology readiness and commercial readiness of renewable energy.
- Reduction in or removal of barriers to renewable energy uptake.
- Increased skills, capacity and knowledge relevant to renewable energy.

Grants are expected to be between $100,000 and $50 million, with applicants typically expected to at least match the funding being sought from ARENA.

The application is a two-stage process:
- Expression of interest
- Full application

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact ARENA to discuss their proposal before submitting an EOI.

This grant is available on an ongoing basis until funds are exhausted.

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Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) – Financing Solutions

The Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) works to deliver financial solutions to increase the flow of funds into the clean energy sector. It seeks to invest in clean energy technologies, which are defined in the CEFC Act as renewable energy, energy efficiency and low emissions technologies.

CEFC's financial products include:
- Direct investments: For small and large scale clean energy projects and include flexible debt and/or equity finance, tailored to individual projects.
- Investment funds: CEFC invests in new and established investment funds to co-deliver clean energy for agribusiness, infrastructure, property and more.
- Debt markets: CEFC is a leading investor in Australia's emerging green bonds market, creating new clean energy options for investors and developers.
- Asset finance: CEFC works with banks and co-financiers to deliver discounted finance to businesses, manufacturers and farmers for clean energy investments.

CEFC's preferred minimum individual investment size for renewable technology projects is $20 million.

The Corporation does not provide grants but may co-finance or co-invest in projects that have received grant assistance.

A total funding pool of $10 billion is available.

Eligible technologies for investment include:
1. Renewable energy technologies
- Renewables (including bioenergy, geothermal, hydro, ocean, solar, waste-to-energy, wind)
- Hybrids of renewables with other technologies
- Technologies (including enabling technologies) that are related to renewable energy (including the supply of goods or services)

2. Energy efficiency technologies
- Energy efficiency (including energy conservation and demand management)
- Technologies (including enabling technologies) that are related to energy efficiency (including the supply of goods or services)

3. Low emissions technologies
- Energy production
- Electricity generation including the use of non-renewable, fossil fuels
- Fuels for and modes of transportation
- Using, reducing, or eliminating existing fugitive greenhouse gas emissions

CEFC does not make investments on technologies which are not 'solely or mainly Australian-based' or are in 'prohibited technologies', such as:
- A technology for carbon capture and storage (within the meaning of the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007)
- Nuclear technology
- Nuclear power

This program is open on an ongoing basis.

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Australian Recycling Investment Fund

Australia’s waste sector is undergoing an important transition, requiring significant investment in infrastructure and equipment, including upgrades to existing assets, as well as the installation of new assets.

Through the $100 million Australian Recycling Investment Fund, the CEFC has a particular focus on large-scale projects which use clean energy technologies to support the recycling of waste plastics, paper, glass and tyres.

The Australian Recycling Investment Fund draws on existing CEFC finance. In line with the CEFC Act, eligible projects under the Australian Recycling Investment Fund are required to draw on renewable energy, energy efficiency and low emissions technologies and to contribute to emissions reduction.

The CEFC expects to provide either debt and/or equity finance to eligible larger-scale commercial and industrial projects through the Fund – typically requiring $10 million or more of CEFC debt or equity capital.

Smaller-scale projects, from $10,000 to $5 million, may be eligible for debt finance through the CEFC’s specialist asset finance programs.

As with all CEFC investments, projects seeking finance through the Australian Recycling Investment Fund must be commercial, reflecting the CEFC’s requirement to deliver a positive return for taxpayers across the portfolio.

In addition to investments through the Australian Recycling Investment Fund, the CEFC will continue to invest in large-scale energy-from-waste projects. It is not expected that these projects will be financed through the Australian Recycling Investment Fund.

Waste is responsible for 2% of Australia’s emissions, largely from methane gas produced by decaying organic waste in landfills. According to Australia’s National Waste Policy, each year, Australians generate 2.7 tonnes of waste per head, including plastics, paper, glass, metals, textiles, masonry, and food and other organic materials.

With investment in proven technologies, the CEFC works with companies to turn urban and industrial waste into new energy sources and valuable products, creating an important revenue stream while also reducing landfill gas emissions.

CEFC investment commitments through the Australian Recycling Investment Fund align with the principles of the circular economy. CEFC waste-related investments focus on effective waste management investing in proven clean energy technologies to reuse, recycle or reprocess waste, including as compost and alternative fuels.

The Australian Waste Policy describes the five key elements of the circular economy as:

  1. Avoid waste: Prioritise waste avoidance, encourage efficient use, reuse and repair; resign products so waste is minimised, they are made to last and we can more easily recover materials
  2. Improve resource recovery: Improve material collection systems and processes for recycling, and improve the quality of the recycled material we produce
  3. Increase the use of recycled material: and build demand and markets for recycled products
  4. Better manage waste material flows: to benefit human health, the environment and the economy
  5. Improve information: to support innovation, guide investment and enable informed consumer decisions.

The Council of Australian Governments has agreed to ban the export of waste plastic, paper, glass and tyres while building Australia’s capacity to generate high value recycled commodities and associated demand.

In addition to investments through the Australian Recycling Investment Fund, the CEFC will continue to invest in large-scale energy-from-waste projects. It is not expected that these projects will be financed through the Australian Recycling Investment Fund.

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This grant is available on an ongoing basis.

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