Small Environmental Grant Scheme

Where do you fund?

  • All around Australia, but only in Australia

What do you fund?

  • Native flora and fauna conservation, threatened Australian mammal conservation (Australia wide), landscape restoration and education (Victoria only)

Is there a maximum grant limit?

  • Grants are usually under $10,000. We also grant on behalf of donors, and their programs can be over $10,000 e.g. the landscape restoration and education grants. If you have a project over $10,000, check with me first. Universities and academics can only apply for up to $5,000.

When can I apply for a grant?

  • See the Dates for applying page for a list of opening dates for each of our four grant rounds in the year.

How do I apply?

  • Using the on-line form. It only appears on-line when the grant round opens.
  • If your project is about biodiversity conservation, and you meet the funding criteria, then you can submit an Expression of Interest. You may email me first to check if you are eligible to apply, saving you the effort of filling in the form if you’re not on the right track.
  • If you are accepted, you then have a limited time to upload some additional information including reference letters. If this information is not uploaded by the due date, then your application cannot be accepted.  You must read the section on Can You Apply? before submitting your EOI.

How do I access the EOI form before the round opens?

  • You can’t. The form will appear on-line when the grant round opens. This chart here has a list of the questions that will be asked (Application Process) – only two questions at the EOI stage, and the rest when your EOI is accepted.

What if I’m not sure if I can apply?

My EOI will not submit

  • The most common mistake is if you put $ sign in front of your requested funds, or a comma in the figure.  Just enter the straight number with no comma. Still won’t submit? Email me beth@nwf.org.au (no problem is too big or too small and I am happy to answer any questions)

What are the reference letters?

  • The reference letters support your full application if your EOI is accepted.  The letters are not just contact details of referees.  They are letters that groups need to write for you to show that your project is worth undertaking. A reference letter from a group you’ve worked with before can show support for your organisation; and a reference letter from a group who will benefit from your project will show why your project is needed.
  • Your reference letters need to show how you are connected in with land managers, or agencies or the community. The Trustees really value the reference letters on an application.

Can I apply more than once?

  • If you weren’t successful in receiving a grant, you can apply again for the same project. However, this does not necessarily increase your chances as there is a scoresheet used by the Trustees when assessing applications, it is not a random exercise. If you didn’t get it the first time, applying over and over won’t help and the Executive Director may chose not to accept your application. Speak to the Executive Director before applying a second time. You may apply for a different project.
  • If you were successful in receiving a grant you may apply again for a different project.

Do I need DGR status, an ABN or to show other certificates?

  • No. As an environment group with charitable status, The Norman Wettenhall Foundation is able to give grants to anyone or any group, as long as they meet the criteria for funding.

When do I know about my application?

  • The Trustees meet four times a year to decide on applications.  If you apply in December, you find out in February.  If you apply in March, you’ll hear in May. If you apply in June, you’ll hear in August. If you apply in September, you’ll hear in November.  See the Dates for applying page for dates. We can’t fund retrospectively so make sure you get the dates right.

How do I find out about the success of my application?

  • You will get sent an email. It is sent to the email address that was used in your on-line application. The Executive Director cannot provide feedback, particularly as to why you weren’t funded. This is to protect staff.

Who gets the larger funding?

  • These are our landscape restoration projects. This area is not open for application and you won’t be able to apply for grants of $30,000 under the Small Environmental Grants Scheme. But if you are doing landscape restoration, there is the opportunity to apply for educational projects under SEGS.

Do you fund equipment?

  • Yes. However, the equipment must be a necessary part of a project that is concerned directly with biodiversity preservation.

Do you fund travel?

  • Yes. However, this travel must be a necessary part of a project concerned with biodiversity preservation.

Do you fund school gardens or arboretums?

  • No. Sorry, we haven’t enough money for all the requests for developing kitchen, bush, sensory, Indigenous or similar garden projects or arboretums either in schools or elsewhere in the community.

Do you fund fencing, weed and pest control and tree planting?

  • No.  There is funding for this kind of on-ground work available from government bodies.  We are too small to be able to support this kind of work all the way around Australia.

Do you fund buildings?

  • No.  We’re too small for that kind of capital outlay.

Anything else?

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