Improving Your Local Parks and Environment

At a glance


Provides organisations with grants to undertake 24 specified projects identified during the 2016 election campaign which support communities to revitalise, maintain and improve local parks, nature reserves, rivers, coastal areas and community facilities.

Who can apply:

At a minimum, you must:

  • be undertaking one of the 24 identified projects
  • have an ABN
  • be an eligible organisation or partnering with one.

Other eligibility requirements may apply.

Contact information:

13 28 46


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.

A list of the identified projects is provided at Appendix B of the program guidelines.

Eligibility criteria

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.

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 to apply

To apply for a grant, complete the online application.

The online form became available on 14th February 2017. Applications closed on 6th April 2017.

The Sample application form shows the questions we will ask you in the online form when you apply for the Improving Your Local Parks and Environment program. It will help you prepare your responses and the mandatory attachments you will need before you apply online. Do not use this document as your application form.

How we assess applications

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.

If your application is 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.

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 10% of the total grant funding for the final payment. We will pay this when you submit a satisfactory final report.

Key documents

  • Program guidelines
  • Sample application form

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