Coast participation grants (local community)

The Coast Protection Board’s Coastal Participation Grants support volunteer groups to partner with local government to undertake small-scale coastal management initiatives. 

The objectives of these grants are to:
•    Involve community participation in coastal and marine management.
•    Enhance community skills and knowledge in rehabilitation, restoration and conservation of the coast and marine environment.
•    Facilitate partnerships in coastal management.
•    Encourage environmental protection in the wider community.
•    Achieve practical management actions and on-ground works which enhance conservation values and/or tackle the causes of coast and marine degradation.

The grant funding will be delivered by the Coast Protection Board with the support of the Department for Environment and Water (DEW). In accordance with the Coast Protection Act 1972, the Board can provide grants of up to 80 per cent of the total cost of approved coastal projects. Applicants must contribute a minimum of 20 per cent of the total project costs, which can include cash or in-kind support. 

The maximum Board contribution per application is $10,000 (GST exclusive).

To be eligible for a Coastal Participation Grant, volunteer group(s) must partner with a coastal council.  In accordance with the requirements of the Coast Protection Act 1972, the council must administer the grant on behalf of the volunteer group(s).   

Interested applicants are encouraged to view the Coastal Participation Grant Application Guide (to be published soon), and to email the Coast and Marine Branch to request an application form.  

Applications are open now and will be accepted until the funding is spent.  

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