Lead Environmental Community Groups Program

Call for applications

The Environmental Trust is now calling for applications under the 2016 round of the Lead Environmental Community Groups (LECG) Program, with a change in timing and structure. Applications close on 11 March 2016.

In previous rounds the LECG program provided grants for up to 12 months, which required a call for applications every year. To reduce the administrative burden on applicants of applying each year and to provide longer term security of funding, the 2016 round has been combined with the 2017 and 2018 rounds to offer grant funding for three years through one application process.

Aim of the LECG grants 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.

Grants awarded in 2014–15

A total of $600,000 was offered under the program in the 2014–15 round. A total of 22 applications were received, requesting $1,161,021. The Trust awarded 15 one-year grants totalling $600,000. 

For information on grants awarded in previous years, please select the relevant year from the side navigation menu.


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.

Guidelines and application forms

Before you begin, you must read the guidelines, taking note of the submission checklist. 

 Each stream has its own forms and guidelines.

  • The application form is an Adobe Smart Form (PDF). You will need to download the latest Adobe Reader, which is free.
  • Do not use Acrobat Pro to complete your form as it will not save the document with your typed responses.
  • Open the application form, complete the questions and then save the document as organisation name only.
  • Application and budget forms can then be emailed as attachments.


Stream 1: Grants between $20,000 and $80,000 per year


 StageOpening dateClosing dateForms
(one-stage process)
1 February 2016 11 March 2016

2016 Program Guidelines

(301 KB)

2016 Application Guide

(243 KB)


Application Form - Stream 1

(429 KB)


Application Budget

(386 KB)

Stream 2: Grants up to $20,000 per year

 StageOpening dateClosing dateForms
(one-stage process)
1 February 2016 11 March 2016

2016 Program Guidelines

(301 KB)

2016 Application Guide

(243 KB)


Application Form - Stream 2

(351 KB)

Program evaluation

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.

Further information

For further information please contact the Environmental Trust:

Environmental Trust
Level 6, 10 Valentine Avenue, Parramatta
PO Box 644, PARRAMATTA   NSW  2124
Phone: (02) 8837 6093
E-mail: info@environmentaltrust.nsw.gov.au

Page last updated: 09 February 2016