3 Australian businesses offering small environmental grants

Environmental grants

Who do we love? Companies that share their profits with the community. That’s who. We’ve found three awesome Australian companies putting their money where their mouth is when it comes to funding environmental programs.

Here’s the low-down:

Australian Ethical

The Australian Ethical Foundation provides grants of between $10-20,000 for not for profit groups contributing to humanitarian, environmental and animal welfare efforts through an annual Community Grants Program.

Small capital items, specific project costs and even staff wages for a specific role that support the grant will be considered. 

Australian Ethical gives away 10% of its yearly after-tax profits to charitable organisations and social impact activities through its Foundation. They invest through community grants, strategic multi-year grants and impact investments addressing some of the world’s most pressing issues by funding the most effective organisations. 

Since 2000, the Foundation has donated over $3.5 million to impact initiatives around Australia and the world. 

Applications close 22 May and you can check the guidelines here or find additional information at the Australian Ethical Foundation website

Macpac Fund for Good

Macpac make great packs and nobody’s paid me to say that. I’ve been a user for many years and have no complaints about their product. Knowing they’re giving a little of my pack price back to environmental projects makes me feel even better about what I spend on travel. 

The Macpac Fund for Good helps those committed to creating long-term change for the good of people and the planet. They do this by making modest contributions of up to $10,000 to organisations that fall into one of three areas: adventure-based social development, environmental projects, and ethical manufacturing. 

They’re supporting those using the outdoors as a vehicle to help others such as community organisations that run programs designed to rehabilitate, reform or improve lives through outdoor experiences. They also support projects that preserve the natural environment, restore and protect habitats and look after creatures that call them home. And they give back to the people who make the products they love. 

Macpac will fund activities in Australia or New Zealand. Applications close at the end of January, April, July and October and you can get all the details at the Macpac Fund for Good website

Australian Geographic Society

Each calendar year the Australian Geographic Society donates to scientific, conservation, environmental and adventure projects. The Society offers two types of sponsorship. 

The Nancy Bird Walton Sponsorship for Female Adventurers opens on 16 October each year to commemorate Nancy’s birthday. $5000 is available annually for one Australian woman planning to undertake an adventurous pursuit. Applications usually close around January each year.

Project Sponsorship is available in four categories: science, environment, adventure and community with $10,000 available in each. The next round for Australian Geographic Society Project Sponsorship closes 30 November 2020.

Get all the details at the Australian Geographic Society Sponsorship website


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