Environmental research grants
The Lake Macquarie Environmental Research Grants program is design to support projects that will assist Council and other environmental managers to develop appropriate land use practices, plan remedial and preventative works as well as adjust management strategies.
Since 1987, Lake Macquarie City Council, with assistance from sponsors, has provided over 145 grants to support environmental management of Lake Macquarie City.
Sponsors of the Lake Macquarie Environmental Grants for 2017-2018 included Delta Electricity, Origin Energy, and Hunter Water Corporation.
Who can apply
Potential researchers from universities - students and academics - or other research-based organisations are encouraged to apply to undertake environmental research projects
How much money is available
A successful applicant can expect to receive up to $8,000. Higher sums have been approved under special circumstances.
What do grant funds cover
Grant funds are to cover consumables and costs incurred during field works including travel expenses. It can also cover laboratory works, computing, printing etc.
Payments of wages, purchasing of durables, or living allowances, are not eligible grant components.
The Environmental Research Grant program will not fund university administration charges or any overheads (on-costs) if charged by your institution.
What types of projects can receive funding
This year, more funds are available to encourage projects that have been identified as warranting research and include:
- air quality;
- diffuse pollutant sources and their effects;
- lake water pollution;
- health impacts of exposure to heavy metals including lead and black slag;
- estuarine habitat;
- resource consumption;
- alternative sources and efficient use of energy and water;
- sustainability metrics and reporting; and
- effectiveness of environmental management strategies.
When are funds made available
The grants are offered once a year and funds are made available in July.
Applications for 2018-2019 are now open, closing Tuesday 8 January 2019, 5pm.
How to apply
Download the Information Package for more information. Complete the 2018-2019 application form and specify the following details:
- your qualifications and experience.
- name and contact details of the supervisor nominated for the proposed project
- names and contact details of two referees.
- proposed project - including aims, objective, reason for research, method, benefit to the city, project timeline, and funding.
Restrict it to a maximum of 10 pages. Collate all information in a single document – pdf format preferable.
Email your application to EnvResearchGrants@lakemac.nsw.gov.au
Enquiries about the environmental research grants
If you have any enquiries, contact our Sustainability Risk Officer on 02 4921 0333.
Page last updated: 21 February 2019