Funding Opportunities

Each Landcare Network within the NENW region provides various funding opportunities from time to time - please make sure to check your local Landcare Network's website!

Other funding opportunities available in the NENW region include:


NT LLS On-Farm Project Activities

Northern Tablelands Local Land Services (NT LLS) currently has project funding available for a number of activities to improve natural resources on your farm, including:

  • Protecting and managing natural waterways including grazing management, fencing and alternate water systems;
  • Improving habitat for threatened species;
  • Protecting and managing existing native vegetation; and
  • Revegetation on farm, including planting wide shelter belts, protecting isolated paddock trees and encouraging natural regeneration.

An Expression of Interest (EOI) Form for On-Farm Projects can be downloaded from the NT LLS website here. Landholders and groups are encouraged to apply for funding to improve management of natural resources across the Northern Tablelands - EOIs should be submitted ASAP to determine eligiblity for funding currently available

NT LLS On-Farm Project Activities Website

Farm Business Skills Professional Development Program

This program seeks to support farm business in all conditions, but particularly in relation to preparing for and responding to drought. Participants can apply for reimbursement of expenditure (up to 50%) when they have completed a professional development activity from a pre-approved list of providers. 

Eligible applicants include individuals involved in the management of a primary production enterprise (need a signed statutory declaration showing 51% of income is received from primary production). A maximum reimbursement of $5,000 (covering all courses/activities over the life of the program) applies for any farmer, with reimbursements capped at $9,000 per farm business. 

A total funding pool of $45 million is available over five years starting 2 November 2015 until 30 June 2020.

Farm Business Skills Professional Development Program Website

Uralla Shire Community Grants Program

Non-recurrent grants of up to $3,000 (which may include in-kind support) are available to community groups and organisations to undertake projects/activities/events, or purchase items, which benefit the wider Uralla community. Funding for community projects is dispersed in two rounds each year. The purpose is to build community capacity and/or provide supplementary funding to assist with social, cultural, recreational and environmental outcomes that are in line with the Uralla Shire Community Strategic Plan.

Contact Details: Community Development Coordinator, 02 6778 6471,

Grant guidelines and application form can be downloaded from the Uralla Shire website, and include closing dates for each funding round.

Uralla Shire Community Grants Program Website

Wettenhall Environmental Trust - Small Environmental Grant Scheme

The Small Environmental Grant Scheme provides support for people undertaking projects that will make a positive difference to the natural living environment, in land, sea or air, rural or urban. Check your eligibility at the link below, and with no specific closing date (simply when a suitable number and spread of applications have been received before November 2017) make sure to apply as soon as possible!

Wettenhall Environmental Trust - Small Environmental Grant Scheme Website

Whites Rural Community Grants

Our kids are the future of the bush. Whites Rural Community Grants are designed to make a difference to kids in regional, rural, and remote areas. Grants of up to $4,000 will be awarded to at least 10 applicants - designed to help kids in rural communities through art, music, sport, sustainability, or social well-being.

Applications open on the 1st October and finish on 30 November 2017.

Whites Rural Community Grants Website

Smart Farming Partnerships

Applications for the first round of the Smart Farming Partnerships grants program opened on 19 October 2017 and close at 2 pm on 21 December 2017. Grants from $250,000 - $4 million over 4-5 years are available for experienced and skilled organisations working in partnership to undertake projects to develop, trial and implement new and innovative tools that support the uptake of sustainable practices across our agricultural, fishing, aquaculture and farm forestry industries. These projects will protect and improve the condition of our important resources of soil, water, plants and animals which underpin productive and profitable primary industries. This funding is part of the National Landcare Program - Phase 2.

Smart Farming Partnerships Website

Nous Community Partnership Scheme

Nous is seeking applications for consulting projects that will help to build the capability of eligible organisations to contribute to positive social, cultural, economic and/or environmental outcomes in Australia. They will contribute up to $40,000 to any one organisation for a consulting project in the 2017 Round. This is the Nous contribution and we ask successful applicants to co-contribute between 25% and 75% of the total monetary value of the project.

Applications for the 2017 round open on Thursday 19 October 2017 and close at 5pm on Friday 24 November 2017.

Nous Community Partnership Scheme Website

Women & Leadership Australia Grants

All women currently employed in the Australian farming and agricultural sectors are invited to apply for scholarship funding to participate in a range of leadership courses. Grants are allocated with the specific intent of providing powerful and effective development opportunities for women within the farming and agriculture industry.

Scholarship funding is strictly limited and Expressions of Interest close Friday 15th December 2017‚Äč. Visit the link for more details.

Women & Leadership Australia Grants Website

Smart Farms Small Grants

Applications for the first round of Smart Farms Small Grants opened on 24 October 2017 and close at 2 pm on 7 December 2017. Tier 1 ($5,000 - $50,000) and Tier 2 ($50,001 - $100,000) grants are available to support local on-ground projects for up to 2 years that increase the knowledge and capacity of farmers and fishers, and facilitate the adoption of tools, technologies and improved land management practices to effectively, sustainably and productively manage Australia’s natural resources and adapt to significant changes in climate, weather and markets. This funding is part of the National Landcare Program - Phase 2.

Smart Farms Small Grants Website

National Geographic Society Grants

The National Geographic Society awards grants for conservation, education, research, storytelling, and technology through its Committee for Research and Exploration. All proposed projects must be novel and exploratory, and be of broad interest. Grants are typically funded for less than US $30,000, although they will consider requests for up to US $50,000. National Geographic welcomes applications from around the world, and specifically encourages applicants from outside the United States to apply. Applications are due 3 January 2018.

National Geographic Society Grants Website

IMPACT Philanthropy Application Program

Perpetual's annual IMPACT Philanthropy Application Program allows philanthropists and Not-for-Profits (NFPs) to connect, and allows NFPs to demonstrate how they improve outcomes for the communities in which they operate. Past funding has been provided for a wide range of projects at different developmental stages including (but not limited to) pilot and existing projects, capacity building requests and support for early career researchers. Perpetual recognises that for organisations to achieve their objectives, funds may need to be directed towards operational costs. As a guide, grants generally range between $10,000 and $100,000. Applications close: Friday 8 December 2017 at 5pm AEDT.

IMPACT Philanthropy Application Program Website

Regional Land Partnerships

From July 2018, the Regional Land Partnerships component of the National Landcare Program will deliver $450 million over five years Australia-wide to deliver national priorities at a regional and local level. The Australian Government proposes to procure service providers through an open/competitive tender process and are currently considering feedback provided by an online consultation survey. Key details can be seen in the Consultation Paper released to inform the survey, but the Tender Guidelines are yet to be released - watch this space!

Regional Land Partnerships Website

Aboriginal Benefits Foundation Grants

Ongoing Aboriginal Benefits Foundation Grants assist Aboriginal Communities and Individuals by providing funds to support projects which advance the aims of the Foundation. The current focus is on supporting art, literacy, education, health and cultural projects with a connection to Aboriginal art and/or artists.

Intending applicants are encouraged to send their completed applications for consideration at upcoming Board meetings. Please visit the website for more details and to download a copy of the Application Form. 

Aboriginal Benefits Foundation Grants Website

Indigenous Advancement Strategy Community Led Grants

Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) Community Led Grants enable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, communities and service providers to seek grant funding to address emerging needs and/or opportunities that they have identified as priorities. 

There is (currently) no closing date for this funding.

As a first step, potential applicants must discuss their proposal with their local PM&C Regional Network office, by calling 1800 079 098 and asking to speak to a staff member in their local office. A closing date for applications may be nominated by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) when all the funding has been allocated, with details to be provided on the Department’s website (link below).

Indigenous Advancement Strategy Community Led Grants Website

Poverty & Disadvantaged Small Grants Program

The Sidney Myer Fund & The Myer Foundation aim to alleviate the negative effects of poverty and disadvantage; demonstrate new ideas about how to address poverty and disadvantage; and strengthen communities’ abilities to deal with poverty and disadvantage through their Poverty & Disadvantage Small Grants Program.

The Poverty & Disadvantage Small Grants Program supports small, discrete projects that meet the needs of a community, rather than providing supplementary funding for large projects. A small, discrete project is considered to have a total budget of up to $50,000. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis, with no specific closing dates. Visit the website at the link below for more details.

Poverty & Disadvantaged Small Grants Program Website

Ian Potter Foundation Funding

The Ian Potter Foundation makes grants across a broad range of sectors and endeavours. Their grants are managed through nine program areas, including Environment & Conservation. This program considers large grants (over $100,000) within two themes: fostering biodiversity; and water and/or land management. Applications open 26 March 2018 and close 20 April 2018, with grants announced in late September 2018.

Ian Potter Foundation Funding Website


2016/17 NLP Small Community Grants

New England North West Landcare congratulates the 21 successful applicants in the 2016/17 National Landcare Programme (NLP) Small Community Grants.

You can read more about the successful projects here.

Patagonia Environmental Grants

Patagonia pledges at least one percent of sales or 10 percent of pre-tax profits – whichever is more – to environmental groups.

Applications have closed for 2017, with the next round of grants opening in April 2018.

Patagonia Environmental Grants Website

2017 Sustainable Agriculture Grants

Landcare Australia is excited to announce the 2017 Sustainable Agriculture Grants program is now open! These grants will support Landcare and farming groups to undertake sustainable agriculture projects and activities.
Eligible groups are invited to apply for a grant of up to $10,000 (ex GST). Grants will fund sustainable agriculture projects that protect or improve the environment while enhancing farming productivity, through the adoption of sustainable farming practices and/or increased knowledge and capacity.

Applications close 5 pm on 1st May 2017.

2017 Sustainable Agriculture Grants Website

2017/18 NLP Small Community Grants

During 2017-2018, New England North West Landcare is delivering a Community Grants Program funded by the National Landcare Programme (NLP). Grants are offered to give organisations, groups and individuals the financial capacity to support events, training or capacity building activities that increase community resilience.

Funding is available across the Northern Tablelands region only (Armidale Regional, Glen Innes Severn, Inverell, Tenterfield, Uralla & Walcha Shire Council areas). 
Applications for grants from $2,000 (minimum) to $8,000 (maximum) excluding GST are invited until Monday 16th October 2017.

These Community Grants are supported by Local Land Services through funding from the Australian Government. They are part of the $25 million of National Landcare Programme investment to boost farm gate productivity and improve environmental health across NSW.

Habitat Action Grants

This program aims to fund the rehabilitation of fish habitats in freshwater and saltwater areas throughout NSW. Grants are available in two categories:
- Small grants: Up to $2,000 (excluding GST).
- Large grants: Up to $40,000 (excluding GST).
Applications must have matching funds on a dollar-for-dollar basis (cash and/or in-kind support by the applicant or project partners). Applications close 5 pm 18th September 2017. Visit the website for more details and to download an application form.

Habitat Action Grants Website

Trees on Small Farms

Positive activities on even a handful of acres can make a big difference to the environment, and trees in particular provide many benefits, no matter how big or small the property. Northern Tablelands Local Land Services and Landcare Networks have teamed up to work with landholders on smaller blocks to make native revegetation projects more accessible.

The project is focused on enabling and growing a community of ‘small’ landholders on lifestyle blocks, hobby farms and properties skirting our towns within the region, to implement revegetation works. Research shows landholders with majority off-farm income on properties from 10-200 hectares have a strong interest in the environment and connection to Landcare groups, but sometimes lack the infrastructure, equipment and specific knowledge to participate in native revegetation projects. If this sounds like you, then this is your chance!

For more information about Trees on Small Farms Grants, contact Northern Tablelands Local Land Services Officer Ivan Lackay on 0423 012 661 or your local Northern Tablelands Landcare Network. (Note, closing dates vary depending on your network region.)

NAB Foundation & Grants

The NAB Foundation’s Sustainable Regions Grants strengthen regional communities by enabling and inspiring them to live sustainably through enhancing the natural environment. These grants support the development and implementation of regional approaches to:

  • strengthen co-ordination and collaboration between environmental groups, business, landholders and government,
  • involve the community in practical on-ground action to improve the environment, and
  • implement regional solutions to environmental challenges.

These grants will consider initiatives that include, but are not limited to those that address water quality, climate change and biodiversity enhancement. Grant amounts start from $100,000 to $1,000,000 and are paid over a maximum period of up to three years. Applications opened Monday 18 September and close at 5 pm Friday 27 October 2017.

NAB Foundation & Grants Website

Small Grants for Rural Communities

Small Grants for Rural Communities is the longest running and broadest program the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) offers, opening twice per year. Round 32 is now open to not-for-profit community organisations. 

Grants of up to $5,000 are available for projects and activities that offer clear public benefit for communities  in rural, regional or remote Australia. Priority is given to communities of 10,000 or fewer. Projects and activities should offer a clear public benefit for communities in rural, regional and remote locations - check out the website for more details. Applications close 27 September 2017.

Small Grants for Rural Communities Website

Impact Investment Ready Discovery Grants

The Impact Investment Ready Discovery Grants provide not-for-profit organisations with grants of up to $50,000 to explore pathways towards financial sustainability and plant the seed for future impact investment propositions through capacity building. The purpose of the Discovery Grant is to enhance capacity, provide funding, grow the investment pipeline, and support sustainability of the sector. 

Discovery Grant second round applications opened Monday 28 August 2017 and close Monday 30 October and will distribute a total of $250,000 by the end of the year.

Impact Investment Ready Discovery Grants Website

Tucker Foundation Grants

Each year, the Tucker Foundation considers applications from organisations seeking to undertake projects that further the Foundation's aims and objectives, including:

- the protection of wildlife and habitat, and to preserve natural reserves of forest, oceans and wilderness and for the rehabilitation of flora and fauna

The Foundation’s funding has been made available through the estate of the late Albert and Barbara Tucker, as per their wishes. The allocation of grants is at the discretion of the Trustee of the Foundation and will be based on alignment with the Foundation’s aims and objectives, merit, need and benefit to the community and environment. 

Grants of up to $25,000 are considered and up to 3 years of funding may be applied for at a time (ie: up to $25,000 per year for up to 3 years). In some circumstances, larger grants may be applied for, however decisions are at the discretion of the Foundation. Applications should be received by no later than 30th October 2017. Check out the link below for more details.

Tucker Foundation Grants Website