Money has been allocated from Council's Environment Levy to enhance the local environment through this grant program.
$50,000 has been allocated from the Bega Valley Shire Council's Environment Levy to enhance the local environment through the ‘Community Environment Grants Program’.
A maximum of $6,000 is available for any one project through a competitive process.
To be eligible for a Community Environment Grant, your group or organisation must:
Who can I speak to:
Grants Administration Officer
Bega Valley Shire Council
Phone: (02) 6499 2222
Background: Since 2011, the Environment Grants Program has provided funding and support to ‘not for profit’ community organisations and groups in protecting and enhancing our natural environment. The program aims at encouraging and assisting community involvement in the management of the Bega Valley Shire environment for the benefit of the whole region. Non-profit organisations and community groups play an increasingly significant role in environmental protection, enhancement and education and also benefit from this involvement.
The Community Environmental Grant aims to:
To be eligible for funding under Council’s Community Environment Grants Program, the community group or organisation and project must meet the following criteria.
Projects not eligible for grants
Funding will not be provided for:
Applicants are expected to contribute to the project through in-kind use of labour or materials. Labour hours provided by project participants should be estimated and costed at $41.72 per hour (Australian Buru of Statics 2018) (with specialist resources to be agreed in consultation with Council). As the grants program is competitive, the higher the level of in-kind contribution, the more competitive the application will be.
Grant Fund Conditions
Educational requirements and grant conditions
Successful applications may be required to display a grant sign (provided by Council) adjacent to the project site.
Every project funded will be identified by the Council in press releases and on Council’s web site.
It is a condition of grant that each project be available for a possible field trip by interested residents or the subject of a case study to highlight any educational aspects.
Letters of support for community projects
Community groups proposing to seek funding are recommended to obtain appropriate letters of support for their project. Letters of support strengthen your application because they show you have support from the broader community for your project and also emphasise the benefit your project will create. They are also critical if your group proposes to conduct work on any public or private land. Letters of support may be written by:
Informal community groups (unincorporated) are required to be sponsored by an incorporated body to ensure appropriate insurances are covered and work health safety obligations are fulfilled. Responsibilities of the sponsoring organisation can include the following;
BVSC will allow up to 10% charge (of total grant value) for administration costs by the sponsoring organisations to a maximum of $500.
BVSC expects a minimum level of service by the sponsoring organisation in regards to covering insurances including Public Liability and Personal Accident, financial reporting and having appropriate processes in place to meet obligations under the WHS legislation for the sponsored group as listed above in point 1.
If you are interested in receiving information about this grant or other upcoming community grants register your details to be notified when a grant becomes available.