Coastal Community Participation Grants

The Coast Protection Board’s Coastal Community 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 communities in coastal management.
  • Enhance community skills and knowledge in rehabilitation, restoration and conservation of the coast and marine environment.
  • Facilitate partnerships in coast and marine 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 is managed by the Coast Protection Board with the support of the Department for Environment and Water.  

In accordance with the Coast Protection Act 1972, the Board can provide grants of up to 80% of the total cost of approved projects. Applicants must contribute a minimum of 20% of the total project costs, which can comprise cash or in-kind support. 

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

To be eligible for a Coastal Community Participation Grant, volunteer group(s) will need to partner with a coastal council. The council will administer the grant on behalf of the volunteer group(s).  

Interested applicants are encouraged to view the Coastal Community Participation Grant Application Guideand to contact the Coast and Marine Branch to discuss their ideas and obtain an application form. 

Frequently Asked Questions can be viewed here

A sample application form can be viewed here

Applications are open now and will be accepted until all funding is expended. 

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