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:


McCusker Charitable Foundation Grant

Closing - 30/11/2018

The McCusker Charitable Foundation funds organisations who are seeking support for projects aligned with the Foundation's key objectives. The McCusker Charitable Foundation will consider applications for assistance for projects related to a range of areas, including:

  • Care, welfare and education of young people.
  • Promotion of high achievement and excellence.
  • Arts and environment.
  • The Trustees are committed to encouraging greater philanthropy, volunteering and giving throughout Australia at all levels.

The McCusker Charitable Foundation will receive applications for funding between the months of February and November.

McCusker Charitable Foundation Grant Website

Awesome Foundation Grant

Closing - 10/12/2018

The Awesome Foundation is a global community advancing the interest of awesome in the universe, $1000 at a time (usually given out monthly). These micro-grants are given on a no-strings-attached basis to people and groups working on awesome projects.

Every chapter interprets "awesome" for itself. As such, awesome projects include initiatives in a wide range of areas including arts, technology, community development, and more. Many awesome projects are novel or experimental, and evoke surprise and delight. Awesome sometimes challenges and often inspires. Applications close the day before monthly meetings, held on the second Tuesday of each month.


Grants for Rural and Regional Students

Closing - 22/12/2018

The Country Education Foundation (CEF) of Australia provides financial support ranging from $500 to $5,000 per student, per year - grants are non-cash, instead reimbursing expenses or paying a supplier directly. This financial support helps buy textbooks and laptops for uni students, purchase tools and equipment for apprentices and assists rural and regional youth to relocate to take up career opportunities. Grants can cover any education or work related expenses, e.g. textbooks, tools, work equipment, petrol, transport, accommodation, computers, internet access.

Grant applications are open all year round, however each committee has different dates for consideration each year (Gwydir dates shown here). Grants are based on financial need, not academic success, and applicants must be aged 16-25 years and have attended school or currently live in the region covered by your local CEF (find your local CEF at the link below). Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview with their local committee, and grants allocated after interviews are completed and you are accepted into your chosen course/apprenticeship/training.

Grants for Rural and Regional Students Website

Aboriginal Benefits Foundation Grants

Closing - 31/12/2018

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

Closing - 31/12/2018

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

Uralla Shire Community Grants Program

Closing - 31/12/2018

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

Closing - 31/12/2018

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 make sure to apply as soon as possible! (There are four rounds every year.)

Wettenhall Environmental Trust - Small Environmental Grant Scheme Website

The Funding Network (TFN) Live

Closing - 31/12/2018

Social issue areas that TFN supports include: homelessness, living with disability, mental health, education and employment, crime reduction, social and economic inclusion, social justice and wellbeing. TFN Live includes a program of public, live crowdfunding events. They partner with corporations and philanthropic foundations to host the event, and then find grassroots non-profits that can pitch their innovative solutions to social problems. From there, they undertake due diligence on each of the non-profit applications which are reviewed by a selection panel. Next, the leaders of the three chosen organisations receive professional pitch coaching before presenting on the night.

The event brings together change makers from non-profits that need support, with people and businesses that have the means and inclination to make a difference. It’s a beautiful thing. It doesn’t all end with the event though. They report on the progress of all TFN alumni through regular updates and annual impact stories so donors can see how their funds and in-kind offerings have helped change lives.

The Funding Network (TFN) Live Website

Farm Innovation Fund

Closing - 31/12/2018

Loans of up to $250,000/project are available through the NSW Rural Assistance Authority’s Farm Innovation Fund to improve permanent farm infrastructure and ensure long-term productivity and sustainable land use. A total of $65 million in funding has been allocated to this Fund until expended. No loans will be offered beyond the allocated funding.

Farm Innovation Fund Website

Funding for Charitable Organisations

Closing - 31/12/2018

Each year the Australian Communities Foundation (ACF) makes hundreds of grants to support charitable organisations and projects all around the country and internationally. The Grants Committee meets monthly to process grant requests (see dates here). 

Proposals are reviewed by the grants team and if eligible (your organisation is endorsed as a Tax Concession Charity and Deductible Gift Recipient) are added to the newsletter for community of donors. You will be contacted by the grants team if any donor is interested in your project.

Funding for Charitable Organisations Website

Google Ad Grants

Closing - 31/12/2018

Imagine what you could do with $10,000 USD of in kind advertising every month from AdWords, an online advertising solution from Google. You could recruit more volunteers. Attract more donations. And share your story with audiences all over the globe. It’s all possible with Google Ad Grants. See if you're eligible here.

Google Ad Grants Website

Harcourts Foundation

Closing - 31/12/2018

Ever since the Harcourts Foundation was launched in August 2008, Team Harcourts throughout Australia have been raising money to provide support that helps, grows and enriches their communities. Please read the Application Process Document to see if your organisation is eligible for a grant. On the same page, check the current Round Dates. 

Grant applications must be for a specific event, project, item, or initiative. Requests for the event, project, item, or initiative must be scheduled to occur within four months of the upcoming Grant decision meeting date (meetings are held in the month following the end of the quarter).

Harcourts Foundation Website

Farm Business Skills Professional Development Program

Closing - 30/06/2020

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


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.

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

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

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​. 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

James N. Kirby Foundation Grants

Each year, the James N Kirby Foundation distributes just over $1,000,000 across four key categories, including: The Environment (such as environmental research programs and environmental education programs that promote, enhance and conserve Australia's natural resources). The Foundation makes distributions within Australia only, with priority given to organisations in NSW or, in some cases, to national level programs whose work primarily benefits NSW.

Applications for grants from $3,000 to $15,000 can be made online from 1 November to 28 February each year (it is preferred for applicants to apply earlier in the process rather than leaving it to the last minute at the end of February). Larger applications may be considered through a more extensive application process. Applicants are notified of the outcome of their application within a month of the Board Meeting held in May each year.

James N. Kirby Foundation Grants Website

Community Futures Grants

The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Foundation (RASF) is offering young people up to $25,000 in funding for a community project in their local rural area. The RASF invites ideas that deliver strong community benefits and result in enhanced economic and social outcomes for your community. Projects that involve collaboration between people in your town and deliver sustained and broad community benefits will be highly regarded. Applicants will be passionate about rural and regional NSW, and have a good understanding of any issues affecting their community. 

To be eligible applicants must be a resident of the rural NSW community the project will benefit. In the past this grant has carried an age limit of 35 years. This age limit has now been lifted, however the RAS Foundation remains committed to fostering youth leadership and will earmark a portion of the available grant funding to projects driven by young people. While the criteria for this program are broad, the RASF does not fund wages, consultant’s fees, one-off events, operational and administration costs, travel or accommodation. Applications close Sunday 14 January 2018.

Community Futures 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. Applications are due 28 February 2018.

Regional Land Partnerships Website

Honda Foundation Grants

The Honda Foundation acts as a charitable trust, providing financial assistance to charities and organisations doing amazing work across a range of social and environmental issues. Some of the issues they support include:

  • Supporting the disadvantaged, disabled or those suffering from illness
  • Relief for victims of natural disasters
  • Promotion of innovation and new technologies
  • The promotion, development and preservation of Australian culture
Since launching, the Foundation has supported a diverse range of charities, both big and small, to continue the valuable work they do in making a difference. Grants have ranged from $500 to purchase bike helmets for children with disabilities to $700,000 for The Fred Hollows Foundation to continue their incredible work in preventing and curing avoidable blindness. Applications are assessed twice a year in March and September, but close one month prior (2018 rounds close on the 22 February and 13 August 2018).

Honda Foundation Grants Website

AgriFutures Horizon Scholarship

The AgriFutures Horizon Scholarship is an initiative supporting students enrolled in full time study at an Australian university by providing:

  • a bursary of $5000 per year for the first two years of your degree
  • professional development workshops
  • annual industry work placements aligned with the scholar’s areas of interest and their sponsor’s industry
  • opportunities to network and gain knowledge at a range of industry events

Students must be studying an agriculture-related degree OR a degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths/ Finance (STEM) with major studies and subject selections that align to agriculture. The Scholarship is awarded for the first two years of the successful student’s degree. If your degree is more than three years in duration, there will be the opportunity to apply for a secondary Scholarship for the remainder of your degree. 

In addition to the industry scholarships, in 2018 there are three additional and unique scholarships on offer, targeting students in their final two years of study within a financial services discipline, with a keen interest in agriculture. The application process and benefits remain the same. Applications close 5 pm Friday 23 February 2018.

AgriFutures Horizon Scholarship Website

Greater Charitable Foundation Funding

Each calendar year the Foundation provides approximately $1 million to programs, based either in NSW or South-East Queensland, which are designed to improve the life outcomes of their beneficiaries. The Foundation's two key priority areas for funding are Families and Communities, including facilitating social enterprise, responding to mental health needs and strengthening community capacity through increasing connectedness. Applicants can apply for funding of between $30,000 (12 month program) up to $350,000 (2-3 year program). Applications close 12th March 2018.

Greater Charitable Foundation Funding Website

Restoration & Rehabilitation Grants Program

The NSW Environmental Trust is inviting applications to the 2018 round of its Restoration and Rehabilitation Grants Program. A total of $4 million is available to the following organisations for projects that assist in the ongoing sustainable management and stewardship of significant environmental assets and services in NSW:

  • $2 million for projects by community organisations
  • $2 million for projects by government entities

Grants of between $5,000 and $100,000 are available. Applications close 3 pm Monday 26 March 2018.

Restoration & Rehabilitation Grants Program Website

The Pierce Armstrong Foundation Grant

The Foundation seeks to positively impact and enhance the lives of Australians and will support those organisations who demonstrate they can make meaningful and lasting contributions to our community. The Foundation's current areas of focus are: Education; Children & Youth; Health & Wellbeing; and Community Support. Although the Foundation does not specify a minimum or maximum funding amount, it generally provides small donations up to $20,000. Whilst they have a preference for Victorian grantees, they will consider applications from interstate organisations. Applications close 15th March 2018.

The Pierce Armstrong Foundation Grant Website

Women's Adventure Grant

Travel Play Live Magazine welcomes applications from Australian women of all ages and backgrounds who are planning an expedition or adventurous project (before March 2019) and can demonstrate how they will endeavour to use the grant funds, in an innovative, creative and adventurous way to showcase the power of adventure to affect change. The grant recipient within each category (Expeditions for Change; Adventure Film & Photography; Young Adventurers; Women Adventurers over 50) will receive:

  • $5000 cash;
  • Technical gear specific to their particular adventure from Jack Wolfskin & our partners;
  • Mentoring and ongoing support from Ambassador Hanny Alston and the Travel Play Live team; and
  • Media coverage via Travel Play Live Magazine and online channels, plus exposure via our partners. Under 18 recipient will also receive coverage in Bella Rae Magazine.

Shortlisted recipients will be invited to be a part of the mentoring process and introduced to our partners to support them in reaching their goals. They will also receive media coverage via Travel Play Live Magazine and online channels. Applications close 28 February 2018.

Women's Adventure Grant Website

Churchill Fellowships

A Churchill Fellowship can offer Australian citizens an opportunity to travel overseas to investigate a topic or an issue that they might be passionate about. It is for anyone who has exhausted alternatives within Australia and would like to see what other countries are doing successfully in a similar space to inspire new ideas, innovation, and excellence. No prescribed qualifications are required in order to apply for a Churchill Fellowship, however, the Fellowship is NOT designed to enable applicants to complete tertiary qualifications. The subject of your proposed project is limitless provided a benefit to Australia is evident and a willingness to share the knowledge gained with Australia is displayed. 100 Fellowships are available for award in 2018. 

The Churchill Trust, in partnership with your local Churchill Fellows' Association (CFA), is on the road throughout February and March to deliver a National Roadshow of Information Sessions about the 2018 Churchill Fellowship opportunity. Listen to some of the extraordinary Churchill Fellows share their Fellowship experiences, impart insights on their fascinating projects and motivate you with what they have achieved since returning to Australia. Discuss your project ideas and gain helpful advice on how to apply! It is free to attend these sessions but bookings are essential. Register for the Armidale Information Session on Tuesday 6th March, 5:30 - 7:30 pm here: 

Applications close 27th April 2018

Churchill Fellowships Website

Women's Environmental Leadership

Women's Environmental Leadership Australia is a program which aims to address the ways in which women’s crucial leadership is undervalued and often not reflected in formal positions in the environment movement. The program includes residential retreats, mentoring sessions, small group action learning projects and more. The 2018 program will run from April to October. The deadline for applications is 21 February 2018. For queries, email or phone India on 0403 198 959. 

Women's Environmental Leadership Website

Layne Beachley Aim for the Stars Foundation

​The Layne Beachley Foundation’s Scholarship Program provides grants, mentoring and inspiration to young Australian women who dream and dream BIG! Scholarships are awarded annually in many areas including environment and sustainability, leadership and community. Applicants must be at least 12 years of age (no upper age limit), with applications closing 31 March 2018.

Layne Beachley Aim for the Stars Foundation Website

Public Reserves Management Fund Program

The 2018–19 Public Reserves Management Fund Program is now open. The NSW Government will make $17 million available in funding and loans to crown reserve managers for repair and maintenance projects, pest and weed control, new recreational infrastructure or environmental initiatives. Managers of any NSW Crown reserve, as well as freehold showgrounds, may be eligible to apply for funding. Third-party organisations can also apply for funding, but must obtain a letter of authority from the reserve manager supporting their application. Applications close Friday 9 March 2018.

Public Reserves Management Fund Program Website

FRRR Small Grants for Rural Communities

More than $350,000 is available in grants of up to $5,000 to enable local not-for-profit groups to implement projects and activities that strengthen their communities. Priority is given to projects in communities of 10,000 people or fewer. Applicants should carefully review the guidelines, and apply through their Grants Gateway. There are also links to case studies of previously funded projects on their website. Applications close 28 March 2018

FRRR Small Grants for Rural Communities Website

Sunsuper's Dreams for a Better World Program

Every day, thousands of Australians give up their time to make the world a better place for people and causes close to their hearts. Dreams for a Better World was created to help them and the grassroots causes they work so hard to support.

There are three rounds in 2018, and each round has a different theme. So if you have a dream that fits the criteria, tell them about it and you could be in the running to receive up to $50,000 in grants to help a cause close to your heart.

  • Round 1: Better Living - submissions close 13 April 2018
  • Round 2: Brighter Futures - submissions close 29 June 2018
  • Round 3: Active Community - submissions close 14 September 2018

Grand Finalists are normally announced in November and People's Choice voting closes in December.

Sunsuper's Dreams for a Better World Program Website

Volunteer Support Grant

The Grants Hub is committed to a strong and vibrant community and admires the dedication of volunteers, who generously give their time and talent to support worthy causes. They are excited to announce a Volunteer Support Grant to the value of $500 available to a person acting in a regular volunteering role.

Any person, anywhere in Australia, acting in a regular volunteer role for a period of 6 months or more is eligible to apply for funding to cover travel costs, training, equipment or other costs related to supporting your role as a volunteer. Applications close Thursday 15th March 2018.

Volunteer Support Grant Website

ANZ Staff Foundation Grants

The ANZ Staff Foundation provides grants of up to $5,000 to community projects that relate to specific areas, including:

  • Urban sustainability - examples of suitable projects may include environmental education programs or revegetation programs.

Closing dates for applications are 5pm on the 15 January and 15 July each year. Applications are made online using SmartyGrants:

Environment Small Grants (National Landcare Program)

This grants program will provide a total of up to $5 million in grants in 2017-18 to community, environment, and other groups to undertake eligible natural resource management activities that improve the quality of the local environment. The program will support projects that address the following objective: to protect and conserve Australia’s water, plants and animals and the ecosystems in which they live and interact, in partnership with local communities.

Funding is available for grants of between $5,000 to $50,000 for up to a 12 month project. Like help to prepare an application? Contact your local network and they can help you! Applications close 19th March 2018.

Environment Small Grants (National Landcare Program) Website

Available Drought Assistance

Financial drought assistance is currently available for farmers struggling with the seasonal conditions, including 100% of the cost of transporting donated fodder, animal welfare transport subsidies, household allowances, and concessional loans. 

Support and advice services are also available, including DroughtHub, Drought Feed Calculator and Rural Financial Counselling Services. Check out the flyer at the link below for more details.

Available Drought Assistance Website

Conservation Tender Program

Do you have native vegetation on your farm? Could you benefit from some additional income to manage this land? The newly-established Biodiversity Conservation Trust (BCT) has a new program that could be of interest. They are calling for expressions of interest (EOI) from people interested in earning annual payments to conserve biodiversity on their property. To be eligible, you need to be in priority areas within Armidale Regional, Glen Innes Severn, Inverell and Uralla Local Government Areas. A map of eligible areas is available on their website. If you are interested – the first step is to submit an EOI for a site visit by their local staff. You need to submit an EOI by 13 April 2018. These can be lodged using the EOI form online or by calling 1300 992 688.

For more information, contact the BCT on: 1300 992 688 or by email: 

Conservation Tender Program Website

Expressions of Interest for On-Farm Projects

Northern Tablelands Local Land Services is calling for EOIs to fund on-ground projects that achieve improved natural resource management on-farm. These include fencing waterways, planting shelterbelts, fencing remnant native vegetation and soil management activities. Applicants must make an equal or greater contribution (in-kind or financial) to the project. Contact your local LLS Office or complete the EOI Form online.

Expressions of Interest for On-Farm Projects Website

Investing in Women Funding Program

Investing in Women Funding supports organisations with initiatives that promote pathways to leadership and reduce barriers for women entering their chosen fields. The program funds NSW organisations to develop and implement projects that support:

  • the economic opportunity and advancement,
  • participation and empowerment, and
  • leadership of women in NSW.

Check out the website for more information. Applications close 22 April 2018

Investing in Women Funding Program Website

FRRR ABC Heywire Youth Innovation Grants

The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) and ABC Heywire are inviting community groups to apply for grants to implement one of seven ideas developed by some of regional Australia’s brightest young minds and make rural, regional and remote Australia an even better place for young Australians to live. 

FRRR and its partners are again offering grants of up to $10,000 to rural not-for-profit groups to adopt one of the seven projects developed by 50 young leaders who attended the 2018 ABC Heywire Regional Youth Summit in Canberra. Together they identified the most pressing issues facing them and conceived unique solutions to tackle them. The project ideas are detailed in this booklet.

Community groups should read the guidelines carefully, and then apply via the FRRR Grants Gateway. 

FRRR ABC Heywire Youth Innovation Grants Website

Rural & Regional Scholarships

In a step to strengthen rural and regional communities, the Institute of Community Directors Australia is providing one hundred $1000 scholarships towards Diploma of Business (Governance) enrolments from Australian's contributing to regional communities. Further details about this course, including a course outline, upcoming course dates around Australia, a FAQ and student testimonials can be found at

Scholarships will be awarded through an online application process. Applicants must demonstrate:

  • Their involvement with a rural / regional body or community organisation
  • The challenges their community is facing and how this course might help them respond
  • Reasons for wanting to improve their governance skills

Rural & Regional Scholarships Website

Jack Peattie Research Grant

In recognition of one of the cofounders of Tamworth Birdwatchers Inc., they offer a grant of up to $500 to a researcher carrying out field research on Australian native birds, preferably within the Tamworth Region. Applications must be in writing and be received by the club no later than June 30 each year. Conditions apply.
Click here for further information or please contact the club, in writing at PO BOX 2091 TAMWORTH NSW 2340, or by phoning the President, Bruce Terrill on 02 67609894.

Jack Peattie Research Grant Website

2019 Nuffield Farming Scholarships

Primary producers can apply now for the 2019 Nuffield Farming Scholarships which support overseas travel and study to help develop current, emerging and future agricultural leaders.

2019 Nuffield Farming Scholarships Website

NSW Eco Schools Grant Program

The Eco Schools Program is now open to applications and will close on 3pm Monday 18 June 2018. All NSW schools can apply for funding as long as they have not received funding under the previous 2017 round. The purpose is to fund environmental management projects that assist schools with environmental learning opportunities for students, teachers and the school community. Eighty individual grants of $3,500 are available to schools.

NSW Eco Schools Grant Program Website

Australian Ethical Community Grants

If you work with an organisation that protects or enhances the lives of people, the planet or animals, this is for you. Our grants of $10,000 and $20,000 will enable you to make a positive impact.

Applications are open from Tuesday 7 May - 6 June 2018. Check out the application guidelines by following the links at the website link below.

Australian Ethical Community Grants Website

Growing Good Gardens Grant

Yates Gardening and Life Education Australia are encouraging young people to get out into the garden to grow and learn healthy habits. Schools, pre-schools and community groups are invited to apply for one of 15 x $1,000 grants to help create a garden space where kids can learn healthy habits and improve their physical and mental well-being. Any school (primary, secondary or pre-school), kindergarten, childcare centre, or youth/community group (e.g. Scouts, sports clubs etc) seeking to educate young Australians about gardening and healthy living can apply.

Growing Good Gardens Grant Website

SUEZ Community Grants

At SUEZ, we are passionate about working with local communities to create a more sustainable future. Through the SUEZ Community Grants program, we partner with community organisations working to build local participation in environmental projects that contribute to a brighter tomorrow. In 2018, the SUEZ Community Grants program will provide individual grants of between $1,000 and $15,000 each to community groups, funding environmental projects that contribute to a stronger community and healthier environment.

SUEZ Community Grants Website

Young Social Pioneers Program

Young Social Pioneers backs young people leading responses to the most pressing social and environmental challenges of our time. Any young person living in Australia aged 18 to 29 years (as at May 2, 2018) with a social or environmental issue they care about and approach to address it may apply. We are looking for a diverse pool of applicants from a variety of backgrounds and industries. You might be a social entrepreneur, an advocate, a thought leader, an intrapreneur, a creative, a technologist, a producer or an academic — whatever your skill set or focus, we would love to hear from you!

The program is fully funded by our partners. Your flights to and from any Australian locations, hotel accommodation, lunch and breakfast are all included. The program is delivered by a team of expert facilitators who work with participants throughout the program, including three face-to-face Intensives across 3 months in either Melbourne or Sydney. We also provide ongoing support and mentoring once the program is complete to ensure the participants and their ventures continue to grow as part of a national FYA Network of Practice. All participants will have the opportunity to pitch to a panel of judges for $10K for your project or initiative. You will deliver both a board room and live pitch at the final Intensive. A total of $90K will be distributed to 9 participants.

Young Social Pioneers Program Website

Enhancing Country Health Outcomes

Enhancing Country Heath Outcomes (ECHO) is a grant program delivered by the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR), established with funds provided by Beyond Medical Education. Despite the many positive aspects of living in rural, regional and remote communities, there are also distinct challenges associated with distance and isolation which place these communities at greater risk of poorer health outcomes and management. Grants of between $50,000 and $150,000 are available for projects to be delivered over 24 months from late October 2018. 

Enhancing Country Health Outcomes Website

ANZ Seeds of Renewal

Through the Seeds of Renewal program, ANZ commits $250,000 which is distributed through grants of up to $15,000 to community organisations for projects that will help their community thrive. This year Lenovo is again supporting the program, with donations of '2 in 1’ Lenovo Miix 720 devices to eligible community projects. This means community groups can apply for a funding grant or for IT equipment.

Applications are invited from not-for-profit community based organisations with an ABN or Incorporation Certificate which contribute to the development of education and employment opportunities of communities with a population of 15,000 people or fewer. The 2018 ANZ Seeds of Renewal program opens 2 July - closing date TBC.

ANZ Seeds of Renewal Website

In a Good Place Program - FRRR

In a Good Place supports rural, regional and remote communities in their efforts to strengthen the mental health of at-risk and vulnerable members of their communities via projects, services or activities that are preventative or responsive in nature and which are designed to engage those less likely, unable due to distance and isolation, or ineligible to participate in mainstream mental health services. There are three objectives for this program:

  1. Reduce social isolation;
  2. Increase social participation and connectedness;
  3. Increase help-seeking.

The program will comprise of two open call grant rounds per annum, offering grants of up to $20,000 from an annual funding pool of $200,000. 

The ‘In a Good Place’ program opens 9 July and closes 20 August, 2018. Program guidelines and the link to the online application form will be available from 9 July.

In a Good Place Program - FRRR Website

The Pierce Armstrong Foundation Grant

The Foundation seeks to positively impact and enhance the lives of Australians and will support those organisations who demonstrate they can make meaningful and lasting contributions to our community. The Foundations' current areas of focus are: Education; Children & Youth; Health & Wellbeing; and Community Support. Although the Foundation does not specify a minimum or maximum funding amount, it generally provides small donations up to $20,000.

The Pierce Armstrong Foundation Grant Website