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Grants and Awards

The South Australian Government has established a $2 million Citizen Science Fund. This will be used to encourage and support the community to carry out scientific research about environmental conditions.

The citizen science fund has been allocated to the citizen science grants and awards programs.


The Department for Environment and Water recognises the value that citizen science adds to our knowledge about the environment.

To encourage the community to engage meaningfully in science and engage with their local environment, grants are available to support and promote citizen science projects.

Environmental Citizen Science Small Grants

The Environmental Citizen Science Small Grants are for citizen science projects that address research questions or gather data about living things and the natural environment: plants, animals, fungi, species, ecosystems, ecological communities. This includes the key elements of our natural environment, including soil, water and air.

The grant program is focused on supporting new projects to become established, and supporting existing projects that may require additional funding to extend their lifespan or engage more participants.

Up to $50,000 in grants was made available in 2023 (up to $5,000 per project per year).

Applications have now closed for 2023.

Environmental Citizen Science Large Grants

Keep an eye out for the Environmental Citizen Science Large Grants coming later this year 2023. These will be aimed towards co-designed and longer-term citizen science projects research focused on key environmental questions which could inform conservation activities or policy decisions.

Citizen Science Awards

The South Australian Citizen Science Awards recognise the work of citizen science projects in producing excellent data and observations, engaging communities in diverse scientific activities, and helping to inspire and educate new generations.

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The South Australian Citizen Science Awards are an initiative of Inspiring SA, the South Australian Chapter of the Australian Citizen Science Association, and the Department for Environment and Water.

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