• Last updated:
  • 10 Jan 2019


Assessment is based on both general partnerships criteria and environment specific criteria.

General Partnerships Assessment Criteria

Applications are assessed on the following program priorities:

Council priorities

  • strength of alignment with council’s priorities as described in current council strategies, plans and policy positions

Community need and benefit

  • demonstrate a clear and identified community need for the operations and services
  • demonstrate lasting impact and broad community benefit
  • proven engagement with the community

Planning and delivery

  • demonstrate collaborative approach to the delivering the operations or service
  • a well-planned and achievable strategic, operational or business plan for delivery
  • a clear evaluation process which identifies what will be delivered and how it will be measured and reported to council

Organisational capacity

Demonstrated capacity to deliver for the duration of the partnership with evidence of:

  • sound financial management
  • sustainable budgeting
  • effective business planning processes
  • risk assessment practices
  • principles of good governance
  • working towards or maintaining self-sufficiency


  • realistic budget reflecting the partnerships scope and scale

Environment Specific Assessment Criteria

Applications must also address the environment specific priorities:

  • contribute to landscape protection, monitoring and rehabilitation of biodiversity and address major ecological threatening processes (e.g. rural & urban runoff, clearing of vegetation, riparian corridors and linkages, pest management)
  • promote waterways and catchment health and reduce erosion and sediment runoff into waterways
  • establish partnerships and links with external agencies and residents which improve the protection, restoration and/or management of the region’s environment (particularly on lands adjoining or lying within the immediate vicinity of existing conservation areas, Land for Wildlife properties, conservation/vegetation protection covenants and Volunteer Conservation Agreement properties) and extension activities, e.g. property vegetation management planning
  • facilitate investment by state government and/or regional bodies for natural resource management, research organisations, community groups and industry in priority environmental projects in the region
  • environmental research projects that are directly relevant to improving the protection, restoration or management of the region’s environment and are guided by existing environmental strategies

How will my application be assessed?

Environment Levy Partnerships are assessed by panels which include council staff with expertise in natural area management.

Panel recommendations for Environment Levy Partnerships are reported to council for endorsement.


Applicants will be notified in writing of council’s decision.

Outcomes will also be published to council’s website.

Funding decisions

Funding decisions in this program are determined by council and cannot be appealed.

If you believe there has been an administrative error in the assessment of your application, please contact a Grants Officer.


Environment Levy Partnerships and Grants Program Guidelines[2512KB]

Community Grants Policy

Environment Levy Policy