Catalysing action grants program

The Catalysing action grants program provides funding to support‘on-ground’ projects that demonstrate the delivery of carbon abatement alongside measurable environmental, social and economic co-benefits.

The program provides up to $4 million in funding, with up to $750,000 available per project.

Applications for this program will involve a two-stage process: an Expression of Interest with shortlisted proposals invited to submit a full application.

Applications have now closed.

Eligible projects

Priority projects which will be considered for this funding round include:

  • riparian restoration contributing to improved water quality outcomes (through reduced sedimentation or nutrient loss)
  • agriculture sector resilience, such as strategic plantings, soil health and remediation, and riparian restoration that may contribute to climate resilience while delivering a carbon benefit
  • restoration of threatened species habitat, such as koalas, cassowaries, or other threatened species listed under the Nature Conservation Act 1994
  • social and economic development benefits for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander communities
  • restoration of low productivity coastal agricultural lands to natural systems.

Examples of the types of projects that could be funded include:

  • environmental plantings projects that deliver co-benefits for example, koala habitat planting
  • wetland/riparian restoration projects
  • regrowth method projects outside of the mulga lands
  • projects securing Category X vegetation, using existing carbon farming methods
  • habitat restoration projects for koalas, and other threatened species
  • carbon farming projects that demonstrate ways to reduce participation costs.

How to apply

  1. All applications must be submitted online through the SmartyGrants.

    New users will need to set up a free online SmartyGrants account. If you already have a SmartyGrants account you can login using your existing details.

  2. Please read the program guidelines (PDF, 653KB) before starting your application.
  3. Submit an Expression of Interest for Catalysing action grants program.

Key dates

Applications have now closed.

Shortlisted applicants will be notified by email following the assessment process and will be invited to submit a full application.

Further information

Email Department of Environment and Science at