Lead Environmental Community Groups Program
The LECG Grants Program aims to assist eligible lead environmental community organisations build the capacity of the NSW community to protect and conserve our environment.
The program provides grants to assist eligible lead environmental community organisations in NSW to deliver community education and/or capacity building activities that:
- actively involve the community in projects to protect and enhance the natural environment
- raise community awareness, understanding and information-gathering of environmental issues with a view to bringing about behavioural change across the community
- empower the local community to take an active role in decision-making by building community skills and capacity and providing a greater sense of community ownership of our environment
- assist the community to deliver activities that support the government’s environmental objectives.
The program will support new or existing educational activities that develop or widen the community’s knowledge, skills, and participation in protecting the environment and undertaking sustainable behaviour.
The LECG Grants Program has very specific eligibility criteria, that limits funding to ‘peak’ or ‘lead’ environmentally focused community organisations. These organisations are either the peak community representative of a specific field of environmental activity across NSW or an umbrella organisation providing the full spectrum of activities expected of a peak environment organisation within NSW. They must be a non-government, not-for-profit organisation, with a full-time presence in NSW, and have the protection and enhancement of the environment as one of their primary objectives.
The program has two streams of funding for organisations of different sizes. Each stream has specific eligibility requirements. For more detail on eligibility requirements, please see the Program Guidelines.
Sample guidelines and forms - Stream 1
Stream 1: Grants between $20,000 and $80,000 per year
Sample guidelines and forms - Stream 2
Stream 2: Grants up to $20,000 per year
The Environmental Trust has in place a rolling program of independent evaluations of all of its contestable grant programs. These evaluations explore the strengths and weaknesses of the respective program and establish the objectives, value and scope of future funding rounds. The LECG program was evaluated in 2012-13 by Aegis Consulting.
For further information please contact the Environmental Trust:
Level 6, 10 Valentine Avenue, Parramatta
PO Box 644, PARRAMATTA NSW 2124
Phone: (02) 8837 6093
Page last updated: 26 July 2016