Environmental Grants


Community Litter Grants

The aim of this grant is to help deliver the NSW Government target to reduce litter by 40% by 2020. All funded projects must include direct community leadership and participation in the development of 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 the 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 be an incorporated association, company or cooperative society. All projects must be completed by September 2021.

Closes at 10 am on Tuesday 28 July 2020

For grant guidelines, please click here.

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

If you have questions, you can contact the DPIE Litter Prevention Unit at


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.


ARENA Advancing Renewables Program

This program aims to support a broad range of development, demonstration and pre-commercial deployment 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.

For more information, please click here.


CEFC Innovation Fund

This program aims to support the growth of innovative clean energy technologies and businesses to assist in Australia's clean energy transformation.

The Fund targets technologies and Australian businesses that have passed beyond the research and development stage, and which can benefit from early-stage seed or growth capital to help them progress to the next stage.

The Fund uses CEFC finance to invest in innovative clean energy companies and projects. It can provide debt and/or equity finance for innovative clean energy projects and businesses which support renewables, energy efficiency and low emissions technologies. It does not provide grants.

A total of $1 billion is available.

Eligible investments include:
a) Energy efficiency technologies
b) Low emission technologies
c) Renewable energy technologies that are solely or mainly Australian-based and not in a prohibited technology
a) Technology for carbon capture and storage
b) Nuclear technology/power

The main assessment criteria include:
- A business case, including a developed financial model, market and customer validation, and commercially viable returns.
- An outline of the intended use of funds and a reasonable assessment of future funding that will be required.
- A team with a track record of delivery and supporting references.
- Independent technology or engineering validation, if available.
- Details of who else has debt or equity in the venture and the funds expected from the CEFC (generally prefer to remain below a 30% stake in any business).
- An outline of the risks facing the venture and how they will be mitigated.
- Exit strategy.
- Environmental benefits.

For more information, please click here.