Protecting the Great Barrier Reef - Community Stewardship Program Round 1

The program will fund large community based on-ground Reef protection projects that contribute to at least one of the Reef Trust Outcomes.
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Closes in 29 days

Closing date: Wednesday 19 June 2024 5:00pm AEST Wed 19 Jun 2024 5:00pm AEST

What do you get?

A grant of up to $6.5 million, to cover up to 100% of eligible expenditure.

Who is this for?

Organisations with projects that will build long-lasting community stewardship to protect and care for the Reef.

Overview

The objectives of the grant opportunity are to:

  • improve the health and resilience of key Reef habitats
  • enhance the commitment and participation of local communities, including traditional owners, to protect and care for the Reef through environmentally responsible practices
  • strengthen coordination and delivery of Reef protection activities by local communities across the Great Barrier Reef Catchments.

The program will deliver the objectives by funding large coordinated, community based on-ground Reef protection projects that:

  • target key habitats for ecosystem and species health
  • build long-lasting community stewardship and enhanced commitment to protect and care for the Reef.

The grant opportunity will fund project activities that contribute to at least one of the following Reef Trust Outcomes:

  • Reef Trust Outcome 1: Improve the quality of water entering the Great Barrier Reef from broad-scale land use to increase the health and resilience of the Great Barrier Reef
  • Reef Trust Outcome 2: Improve the health and resilience of coastal habitats
  • Reef Trust Outcome 3: Improve and protect marine biodiversity.

Check if you can apply

You can apply if you meet the eligibility criteria. The eligibility criteria are a set of rules that describe who we can consider for this grant. You can apply if you:

  • are an eligible entity
  • have an eligible project
  • have eligible expenditure.

The rules are in the grant opportunity guidelines.

You can apply if you:

  • have an Australian business number (ABN)

and are one of the following entities:

  • an entity, incorporated in Australia
  • an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation registered under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (Cth)
  • an incorporated association
  • an incorporated not for profit organisation
  • a publicly funded research organisation (PFRO) as defined in section 14 of the grant opportunity guidelines
  • an Australian local government agency or body as defined in section 14 of the grant opportunity guidelines
  • Queensland state government agency or body.

You can’t apply if you are:

  • an organisation, or your project partner is an organisation, included on the National Redress Scheme’s list of Institutions that have not joined or signified their intent to join the Scheme
  • an employer of 100 or more employees that has not complied with the Workplace Gender Equality Act (2012)
  • an individual
  • a partnership
  • an unincorporated association
  • an entity not included in section 4.1 of the grant opportunity guidelines
  • trust (however, an incorporated trustee may apply on behalf of a trust).

Partner with other organisations

You can partner with one or more other organisations that also meet the eligibility criteria. But you must decide who the lead organisation is.

The lead organisation must fill out the application form.

If we give your group the grant, the lead organisation:

  • signs the grant agreement
  • is responsible for making sure your group follows the rules in the grant agreement.

For further information on joint applications, refer to section 7.2 of the grant opportunity guidelines.

You must complete your project by 3 years from the agreed start date.

Your project must:

  • be aimed at building long-lasting community stewardship across the Great Barrier Reef Catchments, to enhance commitment to protect and care for the Reef through environmentally responsible practices and strengthen coordination of delivery of protection activities by local communities
  • support a coordinated approach to community-based on-ground projects across the Reef that deliver tangible and reportable benefits, outcomes and improvement for key habitats for Reef ecosystem and species health, including refugial waterholes, wetlands, seagrass, bird habitats and fish nursery habitats
  • support the outcomes and objectives of the Reef 2050 Plan, one or more of the Reef Trust Outcomes, and the outstanding universal values of the GBR World Heritage Area
  • have at least $500,000 in eligible expenditure.

Your project may be an extension of or build on an existing project, however you must clearly demonstrate the project is additional to any existing projects or grant activities.

Eligible activities must directly relate to the project and may include:

  • on-ground community stewardship actions that support improving the health and resilience of key Reef habitats for ecosystem and species health (including refugial waterholes, wetlands, seagrass, bird habitats and fish nursery habitats)
  • on-ground enabling activities for community stewardship such as community engagement (including development of action plans, training, education, communication) that support improving the health and resilience of key Reef habitats for ecosystem and species health (including refugial waterholes, wetlands, seagrass, bird habitats and fish nursery habitats). On-ground enabling activities may include:
    • knowledge building activities including events, awareness raising initiatives and citizen science activities
    • promotion and development of leadership including skills development and training or workshops
    • networking and facilitation of partnerships including establishment of committees and working groups to develop and implement stewardship action, networking and planning to support or enable stewardship, and community engagement activities.

You can apply for a grant of up to a maximum $6.5 million.

You can use this grant funding for items that are directly related to the project:

  • labour and on-costs for personnel directly employed in delivering the project activities (this should be calculated on a pro-rata basis relative to their time commitment).

This excludes project management or project co-ordination costs which are covered under administrative support, including:

  • contractor costs for the delivery of eligible project activities. All contractors must have a written contract prior to starting any project work. Invoices from contractors must contain a detailed description and breakdown of the work including hours and hourly rates
  • costs associated with administrative support activities up to a maximum of 10% of total eligible expenditure incurred through the delivery of eligible project activities
  • costs associated with purchase, lease or hire of equipment where needed to undertake eligible activities
  • costs associated with monitoring and reporting (excluding grant reporting) activities up to a maximum of 5% of total eligible expenditure
  • domestic travel limited to the reasonable cost of accommodation and transportation required to conduct agreed project activities in Australia
  • staff training that directly supports the achievement of project outcomes
  • costs you incur in order to obtain planning, environmental or other regulatory approvals during the project period. However, associated fees paid to the Commonwealth, state, territory and local governments are not eligible
  • the cost of an independent audit of project expenditure up to a maximum of 1% of total eligible project expenditure.

How to apply

Check if you’re ready to apply for a grant

Finding a suitable grant opportunity is just the start of the process to get funding. The application process can take time and effort. Understanding the entire process will help you be grant ready and may improve your chances of getting funding.

Use our checklist to find out what it takes to apply for a grant.

When you're ready to apply

Apply using our online portal:

  1. Create or log into your portal account.
  2. Follow the instructions to complete your application.
  3. Submit your application before the close date.

Make sure you include enough detail and supporting evidence in your application to help us decide whether to award you the grant.

Don’t submit the application until it’s complete. You can’t correct a mistake.

First we check that you meet the eligibility criteria. Then we assess your application against the assessment criteria.

The assessment criteria are a set of rules that describe how we must assess each application.

We give each criterion a certain number of points.

We’ll decide whether to award you the grant based on the total number of points we give your application.

  • Assessment criterion 1: Alignment with program objectives (50 points)
  • Assessment criterion 2: Capacity, capability and resources to deliver the project (50 points)

The amount of detail and supporting evidence you provide should be relative to the project size, complexity and grant amount requested.

The program delegate makes the final decision

Apply now

Apply for the Protecting the Great Barrier Reef Community Stewardship Program Round 1 now.

Before you apply, make sure you:

  • read and understand the grant opportunity guidelines
  • other crucial steps.
Apply now

Sample applications

The best way to understand what information you need to provide is to start an application. We have also provided a version to download at the bottom of this page.

Technical help

See our customer portal's frequently asked questions to help with your queries. If you can't find your answer, contact us for assistance.

If you submit your application before the close date you can retrieve it any time to make changes. But you must submit it again before the close date.

We can’t consider the application you submit after the close date under any circumstances.

Contact

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Key documents

Grant opportunity guidelines

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Sample application form

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Sample grant agreement

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