Environment grants for schools and communities

Grants are available annually for activities that help communities and schools promote the sustainable management of our natural resources.

Schools can access grants of up to $2000 and communities can access grants of up to $10,000.

All projects should align with the goals and targets of the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management (NRM) Plan. Please refer to Volume 1 of the NRM Plan for more detail.

You can email us for more information about action grants.


The 2018-19 Community Environment Grant round is now open.

Community Environment Grants promote the sustainable management of our natural resources and deliver projects that improve community capacity, awareness and education of the natural resources in our region.  

 For the first time, applicants will be eligible to apply for a grant of up to $5000 or $10,000 (GST exclusive), with projects focusing on one of five categories:

  1. information, education and training
  2. coast, estuarine and marine environments
  3. sustainable living
  4. biodiversity protection
  5. water for life. 

Please refer to the grant guidelines for more information.

Applications must be submitted electronically by midnight Wednesday 19 December 2018 via the Department for Environment and Water's Grant Management System - external portal (for access outside of the government network) and internal portal (for access within the government network - Statenet).

Please refer to the department's Grant management system application guide for step by step help on submitting your application.

View the 24 successful community projects funded in the 2017-18 for ideas.  

If you have any queries, please email the Volunteer Program Coordinator Sheralee Cox or phone 08 8273 9134.


The 2018-19 School Environment Grant round is now open.

Schools and preschools within the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges are invited to apply for grants of up to $2000 (GST exclusive) to deliver projects that enable exploration of environmental sustainability in learning programs and management practices.

Using an Education for Sustainability approach, we are looking for projects that build the capacity of a school and its community, leading to an ongoing sustainable approach in one of both of the following areas:

  • youth voice; students leading sustainability projects and initiatives
  • outdoor learning environments; connecting with nature through biodiversity projects and outdoor learning.

Schools must already be, or be willing to become, an AuSSI-SA school and meet with an NRM Education Officer to plan the project prior to submitting an application.

Please refer to the grant guidelines for more information.

Applications must be submitted by Friday 1 March 2019, electronically by email.

Late applications will not be accepted.

An application form can be downloaded here.

If you have any queries, please contact Volunteer Project Coordinator Sheralee Cox on 8273 9134 or by email, or your local NRM Education Office.

Grant writing workshops for schools

Increase the success of your grant application!

To coincide with the opening of the School Environment Grants, come to a grant writing workshop for tips on writing a strong application and seeing your applications from an assessor's perspective. Hear about projects that other schools have successfully delivered.

This will be a practical workshop, so bring your ideas and questions with you.

Refreshments and certificates will be provided.

Southern Vales Christian College Morphett Vale - 4 February 2019, registration essential

Related links

Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges