There are a range of natural resource management-related funding opportunities for community groups and landholders in our region, with grants provided by Terrain NRM and other organisations including state and federal government departments and private companies.
Disaster Assistance - NQ-FNQ Monsoon Trough 25 Jan-6 Feb
Assistance is available to primary production enterprises in the ‘defined disaster areas’ of Hinchinbrook and Douglas Shire in the Wet Tropics region, and the Townsville, Burdekin, Cloncurry, Douglas, Flinders, McKinlay, Richmond and Winton shires.
It includes Special Disaster Assistance Recovery Grants, Disaster Assistance Loans, a Disaster Assistance (Essential Working Capital) Loans Scheme, and freight subsidies. Learn more here.
TraNsfoRM! Innovation Grants
Between $250,000 and $1 million is available for projects that address gaps in natural resource management, and improve, repair or restore natural resources. This is part of the Qld Govt's Natural Resources Investment Program. Applications close on 12 February. Details here.
State and Federal Government
- Terrain NRM's Natural Capital Fund.
- Community benefit funding programs by the Queensland Department of Justice and Attorney-General, including the Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF).
- Arrow Energy: Brighter Futures community funding grants. Closing first Friday in March & September.
- National Geographic Society awards grants for conservation, education, research, storytelling, and technology through its Committee for Research and Exploration (meeting 4 times a year).
- The Rockerfeller Foundation
- Australian Communities Foundation
- Advance Queensland Engaging Science Grants
Subscribe to one of these services for more comprehensive, regular updates:
- LandcareAustralia.org.au eNews and grants update
- OurCommunity.com.au EasyGrants newsletter (paid members)
- IndigoGold.com.au (Download free general grants list over $10,000)
- NRMjobs.com.au Jobs and other opportunities in the environment, water and NRM
Grant writing advice
- Make sure you are eligible - do you meet all the requirements outlined by the funding body?
- Read the grant guidelines, follow them precisely and fill out all sections. Remember to attach all supporting documents such as letters of access, insurance, photos, maps. Sometimes you'll be asked whether your project meets any priorities from the regional Natural Resource Management (NRM) Plan, which is also a good resource for background information.
- If you don’t receive a notification of receipt following your grant submission, follow up with the grant administrator to make sure they received it.
- With online grant forms, we suggest writing your application in a Word document first, then copying and pasting it into the form, just in case something goes wrong and all your hard work is lost!
- If you are not an incorporated business ask the grant administrator about the auspicing policy, where an incorporated business can apply for a grant on behalf of the individual or group doing the work.
- Keep it simple and succinct. Remember that although you know your work inside out, the person at the funding body doesn’t. Get to the important information quickly:
- WHAT your project is trying to address and why it's important.
- HOW your project will address this.
- WHAT difference your project will make to the current situation.
- HOW you'll measure the success of your project.
- If you need help, we're here. Also, keep an eye out for grant-writing workshops in the region.