Environment & Climate Change Grants

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Noosa Council's Environment and Climate Change grants are intended to help organisations and individuals to meet environmental and climate change needs, build community skills and resilience and develop and maintain community infrastructure.

The Environment and Climate Change grants are open to not-for-profit incorporated organisations who can establish their need for a funding contribution to projects which would benefit the Noosa community or environment. 

These grants typically contribute to projects and events which align with the Noosa Environment Strategy and Climate Change Response Plan.

The Environmental Grants Program is funded by the Environmental Levy and intends to support the implementation of the Noosa Environment Strategy, as well as Council’s other key environment strategies and plans.

There are three main funding streams under the Environment Grants Program:

  1. Environment Project Grants
  2. Environment Organisation Alliance Grants
  3. Multi-year Environment Collaborative Projects

The Climate Change Program is designed to enable collaboration with the community in initiatives that work towards the outcomes and targets identified in the Noosa Climate Change Response Plan.

Climate Change Program Guidelines and Eligibility Criteria

Sample application form - CCR round 3

  • Environment Grant Program Environment Projects - Round 18 Climate Change Projects - Round 3 MEC - Multi-year Collaborative Projects - Round 2  Environmental Organisation Alliance 2023-2026
    Round Opens 9am, March 1, 2023 9am, March 1, 2023 9am, March 1, 2023 9am, March 20, 2023
    Round Closes 12 noon, April 12, 2023 12 noon, April 12, 2023 12 noon, April 12, 2023 12 noon, 1 May, 2023
    Results Announced Mid June, 2023 Mid June, 2023 Mid June 2023 Mid June 2023
    Project Delivery Period July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2024 July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2024 July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2026 July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2026
    Acquittal Period Within 30 days of project completion Within 30 days of project completion 30 days after last Friday of each financial year 30 days after last Friday of each financial year


  • The Environment Project Grants are for projects, programs or events that align with the Noosa Environment Strategy, as well as Council’s other key environment strategies and plans, and have a positive impact on the environment.

    For further information read the Environment Projects Grants Guidelines and Eligibility Criteria.

    Sample application form EPG round 18 - This is for reference purposes only - Applications will only be accepted if submitted online through SmartyGrants.

  • Noosa Council recognises that solving the big issues confronting our local environment needs constructive partnerships over an extended period of time. The Multi-year Environment Collaborative (MEC) Grants have been established to support the implementation of the Noosa Environment Strategy and the other strategies and plans that sit under it.

    The MEC grants are designed to encourage collaboration between different community groups, as well as with Council. Projects will typically have multiple community stakeholders, working together towards a common goal, and delivering clear, measurable, environmental outcomes.

    The ability to run grants over several years allows support of larger-scale, strategic initiatives, that provide for significant, long-term positive impacts on the Noosa environment. Grants can be available for up to 3 years.

    MEC Grants were advertised in late 2019 and the five successful projects began in early 2020.

  • Expressions of Interest are invited from eligible not for profit community organisations whose services provide significant benefit to the Noosa community (beyond their membership); demonstrate value for money; and closely align with Council’s strategic goals and identified key initiatives. 

    Here are the Community Alliance Agreement Guidelines and a sample of the Expression of Interest form.

    Council will establish funding amounts for the individual Three-Year Community Alliance Agreements as part of its annual budget process. Recipients will be required to provide an annual acquittal (including audited financial statements) and a progress report demonstrating delivery of agreed outcomes.

  • If a grant application is successful, the recipient is required to acknowledge Noosa Council's contribution to the activity that is being funded.

    The relevant Deed of Funding Agreement clause says: 'To acknowledge assistance from Noosa Council in media releases and promotional material, using Council's logo and the words 'Our project has been supported by Noosa Council'. The Council's logos and instructions are here. The logos are to be used in any promotional material, media advertising and signage relating to the proposal during the funding period except for infrastructure projects which should be acknowledged for the life of the funded infrastructure.

  • All grant recipients are obligated to acquit grants on time. The due date for the acquittal is on the front page of the funding agreement however it is within 30 days of the completion of the project, event or end of funding/project delivery period, whichever happens first.

    At the appropriate time you will be asked to complete the acquittal online (SmartyGrants). For any questions call the Grants Officer on (07) 5329 6437 or via email.

  • Grant Account Creation-Change Form [212KB] - Successful grant applicants will need a Grant Account set up in Noosa Council's financie system before they can receive a grant payment. If you have not received a Noosa Council grant before or your organisation’s bank details have changed then you will need lodge a Grant Account Creation-Change Form. To verify the bank account details you must also provide a bank statement showing the relevant section identifying BSB, Account Number & Name or a stamped and signed certified letter from your bank detailing your BSB & Account Number. These are compulsory fraud prevention measures.

    Valid Invoice Check List - Noosa Council cannot pay invalid invoices. Please use this check list to ensure your invoice for your grant is valied.

    Doing building works on Council owned or controlled land? Find out more here. To proceed complete the form Checklist for New Works - Community Organisations

    Council recommends your organisation completes a Risk Management Plan.  An example of a simple Risk Management Plan can be found Sample Risk Management Plan.

  • Environment Grant Officer at 5329 6543 or Environment@noosa.qld.gov.au