Improving Your Local Parks and Environment
At a glance
The Improving Your Local Parks and Environment program will provide grants to 24 projects identified during the 2016 election campaign to support communities to revitalise, maintain and improve local parks, nature reserves, rivers, coastal areas and community facilities.
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The Australian Government will provide grants for projects identified in the 2016 election campaign to support communities to revitalise, maintain and improve local parks, nature reserves, rivers, coastal areas and community facilities. The Program aims to build environmental awareness and ensure communities have better and more accessible green spaces.
The program is open to applicants for identified projects. A list of these projects is provided at Appendix B of the Improving Your Local Parks and Environment program guidelines.
Who can apply?
Only organisations undertaking a project identified in Appendix B of the program guidelines are eligible to apply. If your project is listed you must also have an ABN, and be one of the following:
- an incorporated entity or association
- an incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust
- a publicly funded research organisation (PFRO) as defined in Appendix A of the program guidelines
- a not for profit organisation, including community groups with voting or financial membership of at least five individuals
- a local government agency or body
- an Australian state/territory government agency or body.
If you do not meet these requirements, you must partner with an eligible organisation.
Joint applications are acceptable, provided you have a lead applicant who is the main driver of the project and is eligible to apply.
What are the merit criteria?
Merit criterion 1
How will your project contribute to the program objectives (10 points).
Merit criterion 2
The value for money offered by your project (10 points).
Merit criterion 3
Your capacity, capability and resources to carry out the project (10 points).
How do I apply?
To apply for a grant you need to complete the online application at the I’m ready to apply tab.
The online form became available on 14th February 2017. Applications closed on 6th April 2017.
If you are unable to complete the online application form, call us on 13 28 46.
How will you assess my application?
Applications that meet eligibility criteria will proceed to a merit assessment. AusIndustry will prepare a report that examines the claims you have made against the merit criteria.
The Minister for the Environment and Energy will make the final decision.
How will I know if I am successful?
If you are successful, you will receive a written offer. If you are unsuccessful, we will notify you in writing and give you an opportunity to discuss the outcome with us.
How will payments be made?
The grant agreements will state the maximum grant amount.
For grants up to $60,000, grant funding will be paid as a single payment within 30 days of you signing the approval letter or grant agreement.
For grants over $60,000, we make an initial payment on execution of the grant agreement covering up to 6 months of eligible expenditure. We will make subsequent payments progressively based on your progress reports and your eligible expenditure. We set aside ten per cent of the total grant funding for the final payment. We will pay this when you submit a satisfactory final report.