Ipswich boasts a unique landscape with over 6,500 hectares of reserves and conservation estates. Working towards protecting and maintaining the natural environment of Ipswich and continually improving liveability within the city through sustainable practices, council supports community initiatives through Environment and Sustainability Community Grants and the Ipswich Enviro Awards.

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, 288.9 KB)

Application Process

  • There will be two grant rounds per year, in February and August, each with $10,000 funding available.
  • Applications are submitted online through the Smarty Grants System.

Current Grant Recipients

  • Queensland Trust for Nature: Riparian restoration of koala habitat
  • Rosewood State School: Science Garden Development
  • St Mary's Primary School: Community Garden
  • Springfield Lakes Nature Care Inc: Clean Up Australia Day

Previous Grant Recipients

  • Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School: An ongoing generation of sustainable gardeners
  • Ipswich Girls Grammar School: Grammar Greenies Operation Goose (growing our own sustainable environment)
  • Queensland Pathways State College: Sustainable garden
  • Bellbird Park State Secondary College: Startup recycling and sustainability program
  • Birdlife Australia: Powerful Owl South East Queensland project

Ipswich Enviro Awards

Ipswich City Council would like to recognise the hard work of community members, groups and organisations for their contribution to environmental and sustainability practices through the Ipswich Enviro Awards, which aims to recognise those in the community who have contributed to improving environmental and sustainability outcomes for the city.

Award Categories and 2019 Winners

  • Environmental Hero Award (individuals and/or groups) - Luise Manning
  • Sustainable Leadership Award (individuals and/or organisations) - Not awarded in 2019
  • Young Enviro Champion Award - Riley Hodgson
  • Enviro Organisation Award - Queensland Trust for Nature and Springfield Lakes Nature Care Group Inc

Examples of initiatives that nominees may have completed include:

  • Community greening activities/conservation works (tree plantings, clean ups, natural area rehabilitation)
  • Environmental and sustainability educational events and/or community advocacy
  • Individual greening activities benefiting the community
  • Corporate environmental initiatives above best practice operations
  • Sustainable initiatives that encourage increased sustainable living practices within the community
  • Volunteering activities which assist with environmental protection or increased sustainable living practices.

Nomination Process

  • Nominations for 2019 closed in August - the nomination period for the 2020 awards will be advised closer to the date.
  • Category nominations are sought from the community for any environmental or sustainability activities that have been undertaken throughout the year
  • Nominations are to be submitted through the Smarty Grants program and assessed against set criteria for each category
  • By submitting a nomination, nominees accept the terms and conditions of the awards


Once nominations are received, a panel of judges will assess the nominations and select a winner in each category and any nominations that deserve a special mention. The winners will receive a trophy and certificate, while special mention nominees will receive a certificate at the awards ceremony.

Nominee Guidelines

The award guidelines provide further information on the awards, including the categories and types of projects that are eligible, how the nominees are assessed, requirements for successful nominees and terms and conditions. These guidelines need to be read before submitting a nomination.

Ipswich Enviro Awards Nominee Guidelines   (PDF, 781.7 KB)

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