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Environment and Sustainability Community Grants

Caring for the environment is a significant theme of the Advance Ipswich Plan. The Environment and Sustainability Community Grant Program cares for the natural environment by providing assistance for community-led initiatives that contribute to the protection, enhancement and sustainability of the environment within the Ipswich City Council area. Council aims to encourage community involvement in the achievement of environmental sustainability, such as sediment reduction into waterways, riparian restoration, environmental awareness, tree planting, land restoration and bush regeneration.


Grants are available to not-for profit community groups, schools, childcare centres or wildlife carers. Organisations, groups and wildlife carers must outline how the proposed initiative will provide a benefit to the environment and improve biodiversity. Recipients must be able to carry out and complete the requested project.

Available Funding

Groups and organisations are eligible to apply for grants up to $2,000 per application and wildlife carers are eligible to apply for grants up to $1,000 per application.

Eligible Applicants Maximum Grant
Not-for-profit community groups (i.e. landcare groups, wildlife centres, Girl Guides, Scout groups). $2,000 per application
Schools or childcare centres $2,000 per application
Wildlife carers $1,000 per application
  • Council may fund the full amount requested under the initiative or a partial amount.
  • Council funding should make up no more than 50% of the expected project costs.
  • Funding can be in the form of in-kind contributions such as provision of trees, or as cash outlays for the purchase of materials.
  • The group, organisation or wildlife carer contribution can be in the form of cash, other funding assistance or 'in-kind' support, such as voluntary labour.

Grant Guidelines

  • All grant applications must be approved before any initiatives or purchases are undertaken.
  • An acquittal must be completed within 12 months of receiving a grant.
  • The grant guidelines provide further information on the grant including the types of projects that will be funded, how the grants are assessed, requirements for successful applicants and terms and conditions. These guidelines need to be read before submitting an application.

Environment and Sustainability Community Grant Application Guidelines (PDF, 11.6 MB)

Current Grant Recipients

The projects supported by the 2018/19 Round 1 Environment and Sustainability Grants are:

  • Ipswich State High School: introducing a new recycling program to reduce waste
  • Queensland Trust for Nature: undertaking a weed removal program
  • YMCA Springfield Lakes Community Centre: creating a native garden and bush tucker education
  • Bremer Catchment Association and the Garden of Eden Group: undertaking stabilisation and rehabilitation of the riverbank at Cribb Park.

Application Process

  • There will be two grant rounds per year, each with $10,000 funding available.
  • The next round for 2019 will open in August.
  • Applications are submitted online through the Smarty Grants System via the button below:

For further information regarding environmental grants contact Council on (07) 3810 6666.