Community Environment Grants

Round one 2020-2021 is open from Monday 17 August and will close 5pm, Monday 21 September 2020.

The Lake Mac Community Environment Grants Program, formerly known as Environmental Sustainability Grants Program, is designed to support community-initiated projects that improve our local environment or inspire environmentally sustainable behaviour in Lake Macquarie City.

Not-for-profit community organisations are eligible to apply including school Parent and Citizen groups, community based pre-schools, service clubs, bush regeneration or conservation groups and Sustainable Neighbourhood Groups. Grants of up to $5000 per application are available for projects located in Lake Macquarie City. The number of grant applications funded per round is limited. These grants are offered twice a year.

Successful applicants in this round will receive project funding in late December 2020.

Here's how to apply:


Step 1.Consider your project

Sustainability is not just about veggie gardens and compost bins. Think broadly about what your group could do to:

  • encourage sustainable community behaviour, like reducing resource consumption or increasing participation in active transport
  • reduce food or general waste, or encourage the community to recycle, upcycle or swap
  • educate, enrich and inspire the community through sustainable activities
  • reduce the carbon footprint of the Lake Macquarie community
  • improve biodiversity and local ecosystems
  • environmental education and training workshops (including engaging expert presenter(s) to run a workshop)

Step 2.Review our guidelines

Familiarise yourself with the grant guidelines(PDF, 721KB) to ensure your application has the best chance of success. We have prepared an example budget(PDF, 64KB) to assist with your application.

Step 3.Attend an information session

An information session is held during each round, giving interested applicants an opportunity to learn more about the grant program and application process. These information sessions are optional but attendance is encouraged. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the information session for this round will be held online via Zoom on Tuesday 1 September 2020 at 5.30pm. Bookings are essential.

Step 4.Apply

Council uses SmartyGrants to manage its grants program. Applications must be submitted via the Lake Macquarie City Council SmartyGrants webpage by 5pm Monday 21 September 2020. Applications must meet the eligibility requirements and no late applications will be accepted.

Apply now

Need help with your application?

Contact Council's Sustainability Engagement Officer on 4921 0333 to discuss your project before you apply and for help with your application.