Environment Levy Grants Program

Sunshine Coast Council

Relevent Country: Australia

The Sunshine Coast Council is pleased to launch the Environment Levy Grants for not-for-profit community based organisations to fund projects that make a positive and ongoing contribution to the region’s biodiversity and waterways.

Sunshine Coast Council has a strong history of partnering with the community to achieve the environmental goals set out in council’s strategies, plans and policy positions, including:

  • Sunshine Coast Council Corporate Plan 2020-2024
  • Environment & Liveability Strategy 2017
  • Sunshine Coast Council Local Government Area Biosecurity Plan 2017.


Priority is given to non-recurrent projects that:

  • Contribute to landscape scale protection, monitoring and rehabilitation of biodiversity, which include native plants and animals and waterways
  • Build community capacity, engagement and participation in biodiversity, waterways and pest management
  • Adapt and respond to environmental challenges, e.g. pest plants and animals.
  • Funding Information
  • Not-for-profit community based organisations can apply for up to $5,000 to assist with projects that make a positive and ongoing contribution to the region’s biodiversity and waterways values.

Eligible Projects

To be eligible for funding, applications must:

  • Demonstrate a purpose that is in the public interest
  • Be consistent with council’s Environment Levy Policy
  • Link to council’s Corporate Plan and environmental strategies, specifically Environment and Liveability Strategy 2017 and Sunshine Coast Local Government Area Biosecurity Plan 2017
  • Adhere to the specific terms and conditions of this funding program.

Eligibility Criteria

Community organisations which meet all of the following criteria:

  • Operate within the Sunshine Coast Local Government Area (LGA) or are able to demonstrate that the project or program will benefit residents and environment of the Sunshine Coast LGA
  • Have appropriate insurance and adhere to sound Workplace Health and Safety practices are able to demonstrate viability
  • Have no debt to council, or have entered into scheduled payment arrangements with council which are being adhered to
  • Have met acquittal conditions for previous council grants.
  • If a community organisation is not a legal entity or recognised by the Australian Taxation Office as a not-for-profit type, then the application must be auspiced and administered by such a group.
  • Applicants may submit only one grant application per round.


  • Government agencies or departments of local, state or federal government
  • Educational, religious or medical organisations, where the application is for the organisation’s core business
  • Businesses
  • Individuals.

Source: https://www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/Living-and-Community/Grants-and-Funding/Grants-Programs/Environment-Levy-Grants/Environment-Levy-Grants