Grants available

Learn which types of projects are funded by the Environmental Trust and what grants are available.

The NSW Environmental Trust provides funding to a range of community, government and industry stakeholders to deliver projects that conserve, protect and rehabilitate the NSW environment, or that promote environmental education and sustainability.

The Trust provides this funding through a range of contestable grant programs and strategic investments. We administer both long-standing annual programs and one-off, issue-specific programs.

Our programs support:

  • action in conserving and restoring natural ecosystems
  • protecting threatened species
  • undertaking priority environmental research
  • building community skills
  • knowledge and capacity through education
  • promoting cultural awareness
  • dealing with pollution.

We also deliver many grant programs concerned with managing waste. These programs are part of the NSW Government’s Waste Less, Recycle More (WLRM) initiative.

WLRM programs support and complement each other, and together form a comprehensive approach to improving the management of waste materials in NSW. We administer WLRM jointly with the NSW Environment Protection Authority.

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Environmental Trust

Ongoing Environmental Trust programs

Name

Description

Eligible groups

Funding available

Anticipated announcement dates
Next round opening
Closing date

Community recycling centres

Aimed at establishing a network of community recycling centres for householders to recycle and remove problem wastes.

State and local government

Private industry

Not-for profit organisations

Up to $200,000 per project

December 2019
TBA
 

Eco schools

Funds environmental management projects run by schools

Schools

$3500 per project

($280,000 total)

November 2019


Environmental Education – Tier 1

Supports projects that develop knowledge, skills, commitment to, and ongoing participation in protecting the environment

Community groups

Non-profit organisations

State and local government

Up to $60,000 per project

($1 million total)

 February 2020
 
Environmental Education – Tier 2 Supports projects that develop knowledge, skills, commitment to, and ongoing participation in protecting the environment Community groups

Non-profit organisations

State and local government
Up to $250,000 per project

($1 million total)
February 2020    

Emergency pollution clean-up program

Funds emergency clean-ups of hazardous materials

State agencies

Emergency services

Local government

Now managed on behalf of the Trust by the NSW Environment Protection Authority

     

Environmental research

Supports applied research for local environmental problems

Research institutions

Collaborations

Up to $200,000 per project

($1 million in total)

October 2019
February 2020  

Landfill consolidation and environmental improvements

Provides funding for the consolidation, closure and the environmental improvement of landfills.

Local government

Up to $200,000 per project

August 2019 TBA  

Lead environmental community groups

Builds community capacity to care for the environment

Peak environmental community organisations

$600,000 in total

Stream 1 (smaller community non-government organisations): up to $30,000 per year (maximum $90,000 over 3 years)

Stream 2 (large peak non-government organisations): $30,000–$70,000 per year (maximum $210,000 over 3 years)

TBA    

Major resource recovery infrastructure

Accelerates and stimulates investment in waste and recycling infrastructure and increases resource recovery

Local government

Private industry

Not-for-profit organisations

$1–5 million per project for industry and non-profits

$1–10 million per project for local government

 

Organics collections (formerly Local government organics collection systems)

Supports new or enhanced household kerbside collection services for garden, food or combined food and garden organic waste.

Local government

Waste and recycling collection businesses

$10,000–$500,000 per project for services to businesses

Up to $1.3 million per project for services to households.

December 2019 TBA
 

Organics infrastructure – processing infrastructure

Funds infrastructure and equipment to reduce food and garden organic waste going to landfill

Local government

Waste-management businesses

$25,000–$3 million per project

 

December 2019 TBA  

Organics infrastructure – business organics recycling

Supports on-site processing or pre-processing of organics

Private industry

Local government

Not-for-profit organisations

Universities, prisons, TAFE colleges and other government institutions

$75,000–$500,000 per project for businesses and local councils

$135,000–$500,000 per project for not-for-profit organisations and government agencies

December 2019 TBA  

Organics infrastructure – food donation

Funds Infrastructure to facilitate the collection and redistribution of food waste from businesses to people in need.

Food-relief agencies (not-for-profit)

$10,000–$500,000 per project

December 2019 TBA  

Organics infrastructure – product quality

Funds infrastructure to improve the quality of organics outputs above regulatory requirements

Businesses

Local government

$10,000–$500,000 per project

December 2019 TBA  
Organics infrastructure – transfer stations Supports the development of new, or upgraded, transfer stations in the metropolitan waste levy area to separate food or food and garden recovery.

Businesses

Local government

$10,000–$500,000 per project December 2019 TBA  

Protecting our Places

Funds protection and rehabilitation for culturally important land and water

NSW Aboriginal community organisations or groups

Up to $60,00 per project (over 2 stages)

($500,000 in total)

NAIDOC week
January/February 2020
Mid March 2020

Recycling innovation

Fosters innovative solutions for problem wastes

All organisations. Preference given to partnerships between industry, research institutions and commercial organisations

$100,000– $1 million for capital costs

$20,000–$200,000 for research and development

  TBA
 

Restoration and Rehabilitation

Funds rehabilitation of degraded areas

State and local government

Community groups

Up to $100,000 per project

($4 million in total)

May 2020
September 2019
2 December  2019

Past Environmental Trust programs

Some past programs have continuing projects. Contact us for more information about other past programs.

Name Description Eligible groups Most recent round Funding available

Building resilience to climate change

Addresses climate-change risks faced by NSW local government

Local government

2016 (funded by the Climate Change Fund). Rounds in 2014 and 2015 were jointly funded by OEH and the NSW Environmental Trust.

Program now administered by the Local Government NSW

Bush Connect

Supported conservation activities in the Great Eastern Ranges corridor

Community led collaborations

2017 – competitive supplementary funding round to extend existing projects

Original grants in 2015 of up to $500,000. Supplementary round in 2017 offering up to an additional $100,000 per project

($8 million in total)

Castlereagh Community (Quarantine) Fund – community grants

Provided benefits to community following closure of waste-management facility

Community groups near Castlereagh Waste Management Centre

2014

$1.1m (total for round)

Community bush regeneration

Supported restoration of degraded areas

Community groups

2011–2012 (one-off program)

$8 million (total for round)

Food gardens in schools

Fostered the growing and harvesting food in school gardens

Schools

2014 (closed and merged with Eco Schools program)

Rounds 2012, 2013 and 2014

Grants awarded and project summaries

$3500 per project

 

Love food hate waste

Raised awareness of food waste and provided households and businesses with simple actions to reduce the amount of edible food disposed of in NSW.

Local government

Community groups

Non-government organisations

Not-for-profit organisations

2016

Grants awarded and project summaries

$5000–$70,000 per project (2016 round)

Program now administered by the NSW Environment Protection Authority

Organics infrastructure – home composting

Funded compost bins and worm farms

Local government

2015

Grants awarded and project summaries

$5000–$75,000 per council

Resource recovery facility expansion and enhancement

Supported projects to boost recycling capacity

EPA-licensed resource-recovery facility owned or operated by state and local government or private industry

Not-for-profit organisations

Partnerships

2017

Now administered by the NSW Environment Protection Authority

$100,000–$1 million per project

Riverina red gum development

Part of the NSW Government's $97 million support package for timber industry workers and regional communities affected by the establishment of the River Red Gum protected areas in the Riverina.

Communities in NSW Riverina region

2012

Grants awarded and project summaries

$12 million (total for round)

Saving our Species (SoS) partnership grants

Supports conservation projects developed under the SoS program

Partnerships

2015 (round 2: landscape-managed species)

Two rounds (2014 and 2015) offering grants of up to $1 million per project

($10 million in total)

Saving our Species (SoS) contestable grants

Supports conservation projects developed under the SoS program

Partnerships

2018

Partnership program between the Environmental Trust and the Saving our Species program

Up to $350,000 per project

($9 million in total)

Innovation in shredder floc management

Supported new approaches to managing metal waste (shredder floc) produced during recycling

Metal recyclers

2014

Now merged with the Recycling Innovation grants program

$500,000–$1.6 million per project.