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Community Conservation Grants in Australia

The Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife invites grant applications for conservation projects. The purpose of our Community Conservation Grants is to assist in the protection of our native species, habitats, landscapes and cultural heritage.

Grants are available for both field projects and education programs that have a direct outcome for nature conservation in Australia. All proposals are evaluated by FNPW’s Projects Committee based on funding priorities, funds available and quality and quantity of projects submitted.

FNPW may support approved projects through untied funds that belong to FNPW, or it may choose to run a targeted public appeal or seek third party sponsorship for the project.

FNPW Community Conservation Grants aim to fund urgent and high priority projects in the following Focus Areas:

  • Healing our Land – Protection, restoration, rehabilitation and revegetation of degraded habitats to ensure their ability to sustain native species.
  • Saving Species – Scientific research with tangible conservation outcomes and on-ground works to conserve Australia’s threatened species.
  • Indigenous Heritage – Conserving and celebrating Australia’s indigenous heritage as part of the gift we leave to future generations.
  • Growing Parks – Improving National Park facilities for the enjoyment of all, to foster and encourage the appreciation of nature.

FNPW considers proposals for funding from:

  • Federal and state National Park agencies
  • Agencies working with National Park agencies to increase the amount of protected high conservation value land or for the benefit of Australia’s natural and cultural heritage
  • Individuals
  • Not-for-profit and for-profit organisations with an ABN
Applicants will not be eligible for this round if they are:

When Can You Apply?

Applications open on Friday January 1, 2021 and must be submitted by 8pm AEST* on Friday February 26, 2021 for this round.

Closing times for applications by state are provided below. No extensions to these times will be permitted.

  • NSW, ACT, VIC, TAS: 8:00pm
  • SA: 7:30pm
  • QLD: 7:00pm
  • NT: 6.30pm
  • WA: 5:00pm
Please note this is a sample form only. Applications will only be accepted via the online applications portal.

Evaluation & Selection Criteria

All evaluation and selection criteria are outlined in the grants guidelines. 

PDF DOWNLOAD: FNPW Community Grants Guidelines 2021


Priority will be given to projects and organisations that:

  • show a co-contribution through either cash or in-kind support
  • support collaboration with traditional owners and indigenous organisations
  • have not been previously funded by FNPW

Your application should provide information on how your project will:

  • Address a need/problem that aligns with one of the FNPW focus areas
  • Demonstrate tangible outcome(s) to meet the identified need/problem
  • Create opportunities for community involvement and participation
  • Create awareness in the community through media, education, displays etc
  • Have benefits that extend beyond the life of the project i.e. provide ongoing benefits rather than one-off events, and not require ongoing support for lengthy periods
  • Provide value for money
  • Provide demonstrable expertise and experience in project management and implementation
  • Include project monitoring and evaluation
  • Have activities, a budget and timeline that are realistic in scope
Fund allocation

The 2021 Community Conservation grants round is a small grants round with a total pool of $75,000 for allocation. Grants made through this program are one off and cover activities/projects that are carried out over a 12 – 18 month period of time.

Applications seeking up to $10,000 that show value for money and include co-contributions will be given preference. In some instances part-funding may be offered.

  • Projects requiring more than $10,000 may be eligible for this round. Please complete your application and contact FNPW to discuss your project prior to the closing date for applications.
  • Projects requiring more than $25,000 may be eligible for co-funding or fundraising appeals outside of this round allocation. Any project application for funding over $25,000 must be discussed with FNPW prior to submission and a letter of invitation from FNPW must be included with your submission.

Projects requiring more than $10,000 may be eligible for future co-funding or fundraising appeals. Please contact the FNPW Projects & Education Manager to discuss these projects.

Selection process

Community Conservation Grant applications are assessed by FNPW’s Projects Committee and approved by the FNPW Board.

The application process and estimated timeline is as follows:

  • Applications open online: January 1, 2021
  • Applications close: February 26, 2021
  • Applications collated and applicants contacted if further information required: March 1, 2021
  • The Projects Committee assessment & recommendations for approval by FNPW Board: March 24, 2021
  • Applicants notified of the outcome of application: March 31, 2021

Please note: Assessment times may vary due to the number of applications received. Any applicants who have submitted prior to the closing date will be notified of any changes.

Note: Not all projects will be funded as FNPW may not be able to secure a sponsor or may not be able to allocate sufficient free funds. Part funding may be provided for some projects that are assessed and recommended for funding through this round. Projects may be assessed as a potential for other funding. If your project is assessed as potential for other funding it will be kept on file for one year in case funding is secured at a later time.

Related Projects

Warddeken Mayh Project

The project will see the work of the indigenous rangers of the Warddeken IPA developed to include on-ground monitoring and management of over 13 threatened species populations (including the Djabbo or Northern Quoll).

Seagrass Collaboration

Currently, a wealth of data on seagrass exists in various formats and is held by a multitude of stakeholders across the state. There is a need for coordination and collation of these datasets to optimise their use throughout research, monitoring and management.