Environmental sustainability grants
The Lake Macquarie Environmental Sustainability Grants Program is designed to support community-initiated projects that improve our local environment and inspire environmentally sustainable behaviour within Lake Macquarie City.
The next round of grants
The grants are offered twice a year. Applications for the next round of grants (2017-2018 round two) will open in late January and close in early March.
An information session will be held in February and funds will be paid to successful applicants by the end of June 2018.
Please check this webpage regularly for updates. If you are considering submitting an application, you are encouraged to phone Council’s the Sustainability Engagement Officer on 02 4921 0333 for further information.
Who can apply
Not-for-profit community organisations such as groups, clubs and schools located or operating within Lake Macquarie are eligible to apply.
How much money is available
Up to $3000 is available per grant application. The number of grant applications funded each round is limited.
What types of projects can receive funding
Community based sustainability projects that meet the grant guidelines and benefit the local environment and the community are eligible for funding.
Sustainability is not just about veggie gardens and compost bins, think broadly about what your group could do to:
- encourage sustainable community behaviours
- reduce food or general waste
- educate, enrich and inspire the community through sustainability-related activities
- encourage the community to recycle, upcycle or swap
- reduce the carbon footprint of the Lake Macquarie community.
Priority will be given to projects that:
- demonstrate sustained reduction in resource consumption
- assist community groups to enhance local ecosystems
- reduce the community's exposure to environmental risks, such as natural disasters
- demonstrate clear education and/or community engagement outcomes
- involve the wider-community
- have a clear, well-balanced budget and include a cash contribution
- have undertaken consultation with relevant Council staff
- assist schools to implement sustainability activities identified in a relevant Management Plan
- assist Sustainable Neighbourhood Groups to implement projects identified in their Sustainable Neighbourhood Action Plan (SNAP)
- assist community groups to implement actions identified in a regional or local environmental or sustainability management plan.
Key dates and timeframes
The grants are offered twice a year.·Applications for 2017-2018 round one grants will open Monday 3 July 2017 and close Monday 14 August 2017, 5pm.
|Applications open||Applications close||Successful applicants notified and funds made available||Project timeframe|
|3 July 2017||14 August 2017, 5pm||November 2017||November 2017 - November 2018|
Wednesday 19 July 2017 from 5.30-6.30pm.
Lake Macquarie City Council Chambers
126 -128 Main Road
This session will include:
- tips on completing the application form and budget
- an outline of the type of projects that can be funded (including examples of past projects that have been successfully funded)
- insight into how applications are assessed
- an opportunity for you to ask questions.
To reserve your spot, RSVP online or call 4921 0333.
Past projects funded
|Toronto High School Parents and Citizens||Outdoor Learning Space to incorporate native cottage and bush tucker gardens to enhance habitat, Aboriginal cultural heritage and knowledge of sustainable water management.||$3,000|
|Dudley Community Garden||Dudley Community Garden is established and active. This project seeks to value-add to the garden by developing, promoting and holding workshops to engage and educate the wider community.||$3,000|
|Redhead, LT Creek, Dudley and Toronto Areas Sustainable Neighbourhood Groups||Research, design, production and distribution of a brochure Out and About with your Dog in Lake Macquarie City to promote responsible dog care across the Lake Macquarie City.||$946|
|Awabakal Heritage Eco Village Indigenous Corporation||Installation of water tank to maintain bush tucker garden, within an indigenous heritage education site.||$2,735|
How do I apply
- Carefully read the Guidelines for applicants and In-kind contribution information
- Attend the information session (optional but encouraged)
- Complete the application form and return to Council by 5pm on Monday 14 August 2017 by
- Delivering in person to Council’s Administration Building, 126-138 Main Rd, Speers Point
- Posting to LMCC, Box 1906, Hunter Regional Mail Centre, NSW 2310
- Emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information regarding the Lake Macquarie Environmental Sustainability Grants Program, please contact the Sustainability Engagement Officer on 02 4921 0333.
Page last updated: 06 December 2017