Sustainable Community Grants

Sustainable Community Grants

Delivery Organisation
Wheatbelt NRM
Closing Date
Friday, July 28, 2017
Amount Available
Up to $20,000

These grants support projects that demonstrate efficient resource use and inspire environmentally sustainable behaviour in the Wheatbelt. This fund focuses on the community trialling, demonstrating and participating in Sustainability activities. Activities are sought that are innovative, engage their local community and can demonstrate its impact as well as the ongoing benefits.

  • Projects are sought that improve community services, products and quality of life; including the economical knock-on effect that the programme has created for the local community;
  • Quantified details of projects, outcomes, achievements and the effectiveness of the programme;
  • Evidence of innovation in scoping and developing the initiative and the overall impact of the project;
  • The use of awareness raising to promote.

 

Key grant themes:

  • Has a strong community component, works with multiple stakeholders.
  • Promotes sustainability, with a strong scientific underpinning.
  • Promotes efficiency in the use of Water, Energy and Waste resources.
  • Satisfies a community need and will generate interest in ongoing participation.
  • Measures the impact of improvements to Water, Energy and Waste efficiency.

 

Category A: Trial & Demonstrate

 

Applicants can apply for up to $20,000.

A total of $80,000 is available in the 2017 Category A grant round.

For projects demonstrating community scale efficiency in the use of Water, Energy and Waste resources; projects that can be trialled or demonstrated at the 2018 Sustainable Wheatbelt Forum.  Projects funded in this category must involve the community in sustainability efforts and have the potential to positively affect a large number of people.

 

Activities funded under this category will include:

  • Installation of community scale renewable energy systems (such as photo-voltaic systems, battery storage and small-scale wind power)
  • Installation of community scale water saving and harvesting infrastructure 

 

Category B: Improve & Inspire

 

Applicants can apply for up to $8,000

A total of $32,000 is available in the 2017 Category B grant round.

For projects improving the Water, Energy and Waste efficiency of local households, community organisations, local shires, schools and businesses. Projects funded in this category must demonstrate communiy benefit and an ability to achieve lasting benefits.

 

Activities funded under this category will include:

  • Installation of small-scale energy/water/waste efficiency systems and infrastructure 
  • Equipment or consumables that will reduce  consumption and increase energy/water efficiency

 

Category C: Participate

 

Applicants can apply for up to $2,000

A total of $8,000 is available in the 2017 Category C grant round.

For projects encouraging household participation in sustainable living practices that promote efficiency in the use of Water, Energy and Waste resources.

 

Activities funded under this category will include:

  • Up-cycling and creative re-use projects
  • Event to increase knowledge and/or skills training in sustainability
  • Awareness-raising activities around resource issues including artwork
Eligibility
  • Activities must take place in the Avon River Basin and directly benefit Avon River Basin communities.
  • Applicants (both individuals and group/organisations) must either provide an Australian Business Number (ABN) or have a legal entity auspice (administer) the fund and public liability insurance for the duration of the project.
  • Applications must comply with all the guidelines, conditions and criteria of the fund category.
  • Applicants must showcase their project at the 2018 Sustainable Wheatbelt Forum.
  • All project activities MUST be completed by 31st March 2018.
  • You must ensure that your activity has all necessary approvals, licences, permits, consents, etc. and that your activity complies with all relevant legislation (State Gov’t, Local Gov’t etc).
Assessment Criteria
  • Compliance with the criteria and requirements of the funding category;
  • How the project was scoped and developed to set new standards for innovation and creativity.
  • Awareness raising of the project to promote the project in their community. 
  • The measurement of overall impact on community in real terms: whether the scheme positively influenced change in the community resulting in quantifiable impact on individuals.
  • How the project shows long-term commitment to the community and growing benefits.
  • Value for money.
  • Well thought out planning and delivery.
  • Financial or in-kind commitment to the proposed project.
  • Diversity of community involvement.
  • Community support and consultation.
Support Material
Sustainable Community Grants Guidelines.pdf3rd May 2017