Not-for-profit community groups are invited to apply for Council’s Community Environment Grants.
The Lake Mac Community Environment Grants Program, formerly known as Environmental Sustainability Grants Program, is designed to support community-initiated projects that improve the local environment and/or inspire environmentally sustainable behaviour in Lake Macquarie City.
- Grants of up to $5000 are available for projects in Lake Macquarie City.
Not-for-profit community organisations can apply including community groups, school Parents and Citizens groups, community based pre-schools, service clubs, bush regeneration/conservation groups, and Sustainable Neighbourhood Groups.
- Grants are only available to incorporated bodies. If your group is not incorporated, you must arrange for an incorporated organisation to sponsor your group. This means they accept and administer funding on your behalf. The sponsoring body is responsible for financial expenditure, project progress, and reporting. The sponsor may charge an administration fee.
- Projects must be located in Lake Macquarie City and completed within 12 months from receipt of grant funds.
- Applicants must demonstrate, at a minimum, matching dollar-for-dollar investment in the project. The applicant’s contribution may include cash, donated goods and volunteer labour (calculated at $40 per hour per person). Tasks and calculations must be shown in the application.
Note: State and Commonwealth agencies are not eligible for funding.
Ineligible Funding will not be provided for the following:
- Activities that are considered the core business of Commonwealth, State or Local government;
- Ongoing operational or administrative costs of an organisation. This includes purchase of capital equipment, for example, solar panels;
- Projects that have commenced or already taken place;
- Projects that include modifications to leased buildings or land where written approval from the property owner has not been provided;
- Projects where half or more of grant funds pay for labour (except to engage expert presenters);
- Beautification projects without an environmental outcome;
- Individual projects that include planned tree removal; and
- Gifts and prizes.
For more information, visit Lake Macquarie.