• Last updated:
  • 20 Jan 2016

Priority is given to one-off projects that:

  • contribute to landscape protection, monitoring and rehabilitation of biodiversity including native plants, animals and waterways
  • build community capacity, engagement and participation in biodiversity, waterways and pest management
  • adapt and respond to environmental challenges, for example, pest plants and animals.

 Who can apply

Community organisations which meet all of the following criteria are eligible to apply.

  • Operate within the Sunshine Coast Local Government Area or are able to demonstrate that the project or program will benefit residents and environment of the Sunshine Coast Local Government Area.
  • Have appropriate insurance and adhere to sound Workplace Health and Safety practices.
  • Are able to demonstrate viability.
  • Have no debt to council, or have entered into scheduled payment arrangements with council which are being adhered to.
  • Have met acquittal conditions for previous council grants.

If a community organisation is not a legal entity or recognised by the Australian Taxation Office as a not-for-profit type, then the application must be auspiced and administered by such a group.

Applicants may submit only one grant application per round.

 Who cannot apply

  • Government agencies or departments of local, state or federal government.
  • Educational, religious or medical organisations, where the application is for the organisation’s core business.
  • Businesses.
  • Individuals.
  • Organisations where the application is connected to political activities.

Projects eligible for funding

To be eligible for funding, applications must:

  • demonstrate a purpose that is in the public interest
  • be consistent with council’s Environment Levy Policy
  • link to council’s Corporate Plan and environmental strategies
  • adhere to the specific terms and conditions of this funding program.

Projects not eligible for funding

  • The development of privately-owned facilities.
  • Projects run solely for commercial profit.
  • Activities that have already started prior to a grant application being submitted.
  • Payment of debt.
  • Political activities.
  • Core business of educational, religious or medical organisations.
  • Items included in another council grant application.
  • Ongoing operational or recurrent costs including salaries, rent and fuel.
  • Funding for prize money, prizes or trophies.
  • Projects run solely for fundraising purposes, without broader community benefit.

 Lower priority is given to:

  • applicants who have been funded within the previous 12 months
  • projects or events that have previously received council funding.