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

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2016 Program Guidelines
(PDF 301KB)

2016 Application Guide
(PDF 243KB)


Application Form - Stream 1
(PDF 429KB)


Application Budget
(XLS 386KB)

Sample guidelines and forms - Stream 2

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

 StageOpening dateClosing dateForms
(one-stage process)
Closed Closed

2016 Program Guidelines
(PDF 301KB)

2016 Application Guide
(PDF 243KB)


Application Form - Stream 2
(PDF 351KB)

Grants awarded

Grants awarded in 2015-16

The program has an annual available budget of $600,000. For the 2015-16 round a total of 24 applications were received, requesting over $3,500,000. The Trust awarded 15 two-year grants totalling $1,224,900. 

A list of successful projects and project summaries is available on the 2016 project summary page.

Past recipients

2013 project summaries

2012 project summaries

2009 project summaries

2007 project summaries

2006 project summaries

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: 26 July 2016