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Community Sustainability Action grants

The Community Sustainability Action grants provide grant funding to eligible community groups and individuals for innovative projects which seek to address climate change, conserve Queensland’s natural and built environment and protect our unique wildlife.

The program supports locally based, community driven projects which encourage real change in Queensland communities.

For more information, please email csagrants@des.qld.gov.au or call the grant program office on 3330 6360.

Current rounds open for applications

Round 7—Wildlife Carers Assistance

Applications for Round 7—Wildlife Carers Assistance of the Community Sustainability Action grants program is now open.

Funding is available for eligible wildlife carers and wildlife care organisations to directly assist with rescue and rehabilitation services for sick, injured or orphaned wildlife.

Funding will be provided under one of the following categories:

  • Category 1: Grants of up to $5,000 (excluding GST) are available to individual wildlife carers
  • Category 2: Grants of up to $10,000 (excluding GST) are available to wildlife care organisations.

Applications will be accepted from individuals and not-for-profit organisations that:

  • have held a current Queensland rehabilitation permit as an individual wildlife rehabilitator or wildlife care group for at least 12 months; and
  • are undertaking rehabilitation activities in accordance with their rehabilitation permit issued by the Department of Environment and Science.

More information is available in the Round 7 Wildlife Carers Assistance guidelines (PDF, 486 KB) .

All applications must be submitted using the online SmartyGrants application system.

Applications close at 4pm on Tuesday 24 January 2023.

Round 7—Community Climate Action

Applications for Round 7—Community Climate Action of the Community Sustainability Action grants program is now open.

Funding is available for community-led projects that deliver climate action and deploy renewable energy solutions in Queensland.

Grants of up to $100,000 (excluding GST) will be provided for eligible projects that enable community organisations to reduce emissions, boost renewables and reduce energy bills that come with running facilities and services.

Applications will be accepted from:

  • properly established incorporated associations (incorporated under the Associations Incorporation Act 1981)
  • Australian charities registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC)
  • not-for-profit organisations registered under the Corporations Act 2001
  • Indigenous corporations incorporated under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006(Commonwealth)
  • natural resource management (NRM) bodies.

More information is available in the Round 7 Community Climate Action guidelines (PDF, 1.0 MB) .

All applications must be submitted using the online SmartyGrants application system.

Applications close at 4pm on Wednesday 7 December 2022.

Successful grant recipients

To date, a total of over $21.2 million has been allocated to 526 projects under the Community Sustainability Action grant program.

View a list of the current and previous Community Sustainability Action grant recipients.

Closed rounds

Round 7—Queensland Threatened Species Recovery

Applications are now closed for Round 7—Queensland Threatened Species Recovery of the Community Sustainability Action grants program.

More information is available in the Round 7 Queensland Threatened Species Recovery guidelines (PDF, 842 KB) .

Round 6—Community Climate Action

Successful applicants under Round 6—Community Climate Action have been announced.

A total of 39 projects have been successful in applying for more than $1.1 million in grant funding. See details of the successful projects.

More information is available in the Round 6—Community Climate Action guidelines (PDF, 573 KB) .

Round 6—Conservation—Community Engagement on Queensland’s National Parks and State Forests

Successful applicants under Round 6—Conservation—Community Engagement of Queensland’s National Parks and State Forests have been announced.

A total of 43 projects have been successful in applying for more than $779,000 in grant funding. See details of the successful projects.

More information is available in the Round 6—Conservation—Community Engagement on Queensland’s National Parks and State Forests guidelines (PDF, 805 KB) .

Round 5—Heritage Conservation

Successful applicants under Round 5—Heritage Conservation have been announced.

A total of 48 projects have been successful in applying for more than $1.21 million in grant funding for heritage conservation. See details of the successful projects.

More information is available in the Round 5 – Heritage Conservation guidelines (PDF, 683 KB) .

Round 5—Litter and Marine Debris Clean up and Prevention

Successful applicants under Round 5—Litter and Marine Debris Clean Up and Prevention have been announced.

A total of 28 projects have been successful in applying for more than $1.1 million in grant funding for projects which seek to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill and/or litter and marine debris in our environment. See details of the successful projects.

More information is available in the Round 5 – Litter and Marine Debris Clean up and Prevention guidelines (PDF, 1.2 MB) .

In 2021-2022, an additional $1.6 million was made available to 17 community groups under this category to assist with the clean-up of debris and litter in flood-affected communities between the Gold Coast and Wide Bay.

Round 4—Koala Applied Research South East Queensland

Successful applicants under Round 4—Koala Applied Research South East Queensland have been announced.

A total of seven projects have been successful in applying for more than $600,000 in grant funding to undertake practical and applied research projects to support the long-term conservation of koalas in South East Queensland. See details of the successful projects.

More information is available in the Round 4—Koala Applied Research South East Queensland guidelines (PDF, 556 KB) .

Round 4—Threatened Species Recovery and Resilience

Successful applicants under Round 4—Threatened Species Recovery and Resilience have been announced.

A total of 19 projects have been successful in applying for more than $1.3 million in grant funding for projects that will directly benefit threatened flora and fauna species negatively impacted by bushfire and drought (in 2019–2020) and projects to build threatened species resilience to climate change. See details of the successful projects.

More information is available in the Round 4 – Threatened Species Recovery and Resilience guidelines (PDF, 509 KB) .

Wildlife Carers Assistance Grants

Successful applicants under the Wildlife Carers Assistance Grants have been announced.

A total of 43 projects have been successful in applying for nearly $130,000 in grant funding for projects which benefit Queensland’s wildlife carers. See details of the successful projects (PDF, 472 KB) .

More information is available in the Community Sustainability Action grants – Wildlife Carers Assistance Grants program guidelines (PDF, 241 KB) .

Round 4—Heritage Conservation

Successful applicants under Round 4—Heritage Conservation have been announced.

A total of 23 projects have been successful in applying for nearly $960,000 in grant funding for heritage conservation projects. See details of the successful projects.

More information is available in the Round 4—Heritage Conservation guidelines (PDF, 1,015 KB) .

Round 3—Protecting Queensland’s Threatened Species

Successful applicants under Round 3—Protecting Queensland’s Threatened Species have been announced.

A total of 29 projects have been successful in applying for nearly $1.5 million in grant funding for projects which benefit Queensland’s threatened flora and fauna species. See details of the successful projects.

More information is available in the Round 3 – Protecting Queensland’s Threatened Species Guidelines (PDF, 338 KB) .

Round 3—Heritage Conservation

Successful applicants under Round 3—Heritage Conservation have been announced.

A total of 30 projects have been successful in applying for nearly $950,000 in grant funding for heritage conservation projects. See details of the successful projects.

More information is available in the Round 3 - Heritage Conservation guidelines (PDF, 769 KB) .

Round 2—Environmental Conservation

Successful applicants under Round 2—Environmental Conservation have been announced.

A total of 55 projects have been successful in applying for nearly $2 million in grant funding for environmental conservation projects. See details of the successful projects.

More information is available in the Round 2—Environmental conservation guidelines (PDF, 546 KB) .

Round 2—Heritage Conservation

Successful applicants under Round 2—Heritage Conservation have been announced.

A total of 31 projects have been successful in applying for more than $1 million in grant funding for heritage conservation projects. See details of the successful projects.

More information is available in the Round 2—Heritage (PDF, 552 KB) .

Round 1—Koala Research

Successful applicants under Round 1—Koala Research have been announced.

A total of 10 projects have been successful in applying for almost $600,000 in grant funding for koala research projects. See details of the successful projects.

More information is available in the Round 1—Koala Research guidelines (PDF, 503 KB) .

Round 1—Conservation

Successful applicants under Round 1—Conservation, have been announced.

A total of 102 projects have been successful in applying for more than $1.74 million in grant funding for projects which seek to improve the eco-efficiency of community facilities and mitigate the impacts of climate change on Queensland’s natural landscapes. See details of the successful projects.

More information is available in the Round 1—Conservation guidelines (PDF, 486 KB) .

Round 1—Heritage

Successful applicants under Round 1—Heritage have been announced.

A total of 18 projects have been successful in applying for more than $700,000 in grant funding for projects which seek to restore and conserve Queensland’s heritage-listed buildings. See details of the successful projects.

More information is available in the Round 1—Heritage Guidelines (PDF, 251 KB) .