Small Environmental Grant Scheme

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The Small Environmental Grant Scheme will provide support for groups or individuals undertaking biodiversity conservation projects in Australia. We are looking for projects that are about one or more of the following:

  • monitoring, recording and sharing data
  • delivering community education
  • providing community capacity building (training)
  • research and science
  • landscape restoration and education (Victoria only)

The Norman Wettenhall Foundation board of Trustees will score applications with a set of criteria in mind. These are the things that they will look for in a project:

  • clear aims (SMART – specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time bound). NB Don’t apply if you’re not sure you can actually carry out the project
  • significance – is the project needed and will it make a difference?
  • outcomes – how will your project have long term benefits for the natural living environment
  • methodology – what methodologies will be used, describe clearly what you will do
  • evaluation – we will need to see how you intend to evaluate the success or otherwise of your project
  • innovation – we are happy to look at projects that are different or interesting or trying something new
  • budget – is your budget representing value for money, is it realistic and appropriate, and do you really need us? We won’t fund a small amount out of a vast million dollar project – we want to help small groups undertake valuable work that requires funds they don’t have.
  • partnerships and collaboration – you need to have partners as work done in isolation often has less of an impact on the environment

Have a look at the Can you Apply page to see more details on eligibility. Please don’t waste your time filling in the EOI – see if you are eligible first.

I also recommend you read the section on Frequently Asked Questions.

There are four grant rounds each year – see Dates for applying for a list of opening and closing dates.

The Small Environmental Grants Scheme is proudly supported by private donors, and the RE Ross Trust, The William Buckland Foundation, The Yulgilbar Foundation, and sub-funds at the Australian Communities Foundation.