I’m not going to lie, it’s very slim pickings for community projects focussed on conservation and land management in Australia right now. But don’t give up hope entirely.
If you’ve got a community environment project, one of these six options might be of use. They cover energy efficiency, gardens, biodiversity and natural disaster funds.
RACQ natural disasters funding
The RACQ Foundation was established following a series of natural disasters that wreaked devastation on lives and property across Queensland in late 2010 and early 2011. The Foundation helps impacted community organisations to recover from flooding, weather events, drought, bush fire and other natural disasters. Along with natural disaster recovery, the Foundation is also looking to provide funding to eligible community organisations or charities that are seeking to provide support or recovery services to vulnerable Queensland residents and the communities impacted by COVID-19. Applications from impacted community organisations are also welcome. Applications close 7 September. Get all the details at: https://www.racq.com.au/about/community-and-sponsorships/racq-foundation
The Catalyst Fund makes grants between $2,500–$15,000 to anyone, anywhere in the world who has an early-stage idea or project that addresses pressing global challenges. The Catalyst Fund is geared towards small and/or early-stage ideas and projects that need a capital infusion to launch or prove viability. The Fund supports big ideas or projects that depart from the status quo which have a high potential for impact across an entire community, city, or country. The Catalyst Fund supports individuals whose vision for change is audacious. Applications are accepted year-round. More at: https://roddenberryfoundation.org/our-work/catalyst-fund/
Energy Efficient Communities Program
The Energy Efficient Communities Program will deliver $40 million in grants to help businesses and community groups lower their energy bills and reduce emissions. Applications for the small business round close on 26 August 2020 and a high energy-using business round opens shortly. Small businesses (turning over less than $10 million a year) can apply for a grant of up to $20,000 with no co-contribution required. High energy-using businesses (consuming over 0.05 petajoules a year) will be able to apply for a grant of up to $25,000 with a matching co-contribution required. Grants will be awarded on a first come, first served basis. Get more information at https://www.energy.gov.au/government-priorities/energy-programs/energy-efficient-communities-program
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 also available across 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 https://www.australiangeographic.com.au/society/sponsorship/2019/12/apply-for-sponsorship/.
Wettenhall Environment Trust
Providing support for people undertaking projects that will make a positive difference to the natural living environment, in land, sea or air, rural or urban. The Trust support grassroots organisations and individuals, and academics who are working with on-ground community groups. Funding is available for flora and fauna conservation and threatened mammal conservation with activities including monitoring, recording and sharing data, community education, community capacity building (e.g. training), research and science. Applications open 1 October 2020 and all the details are online at https://wettenhall.org.au/grants/small-environmental-grants/.
Growing Good Gardens
$10,000 in garden grants is available for schools, pre-schools and community groups in Australia. Applications close Friday 28 August and all the details are at https://www.lifeeducation.org.au/about-us/partners/yates-gardening/gardengrants