- Last updated:
- 10 Jan 2019
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.
- 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.