Community Small Grants Program 2017-18


Hunter Local Land Services, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program (NLP), Catchment Action (CA) NSW and Hunter Catchment Contributions levy (HCC), has funding available to support community groups in promoting and increasing knowledge and awareness of natural resource management (NRM), Aboriginal traditional land management practices, sustainable agriculture, biosecurity (plant and animal diseases, pests and weeds), and emergency management.

Program Objective
Support community groups to deliver a range of awareness raising and on-ground projects that will increase engagement and participation of the community in sustainable natural resource management.
Program Information
Applications Open 1st September 2017
Closing date for applications 30th June 2018 or- until all funding is allocated
Final date for completion of projects 31st August 2018
Funding Availability Maximum $1,500 per project

There is $30,000 total available across the Hunter Local Land Services region

Eligibility Criteria Maximum of  1 application per group/organisation

The group/organisation must have been in   operation for at least 6 months

Your organisation/ community group must either be incorporated OR auspiced by an organisation that is incorporated or has an ABN. Unincorporated groups can access financial assistance; however, a tax invoice from a supplier (e.g. caterer, guest speaker) must be issued for payment directly to Hunter LLS.

Your project must involve community organisations or local communities

Your project can seek funding of up to $1,500 for Community engagement and participation and or small-scale on-ground activities (see activities table below)

All Projects must be completed and a final report submitted prior to 31st August 2018

Proudly supported by the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program, Catchment Action NSW and Hunter Catchment Contributions

Ineligible Activity/ Criteria Activities that have already been funded

Activities that are of personal or private benefit   e.g. Landscaping, administration activities and expenses

Your   organisation/group is subject to an Independent Commission Against Corruption   (ICAC), Local Land Services (LLS), Department of Primary Industries (DPI) or   other legal investigation

Activities   that do not fit within NRM, Aboriginal traditional land management, sustainable   agriculture, biosecurity (diseases, pests and weeds), and/or emergency management

Who can apply (but not limited to) Community groups

Landcare groups


Local Aboriginal Land Councils (LALCs)


Not for profit organisations

Industry/producer groups

Further information Lower Hunter (Cessnock, Maitland, Port Stephens, Newcastle, Dungog LGAs)

(02) 4938 4930 eva.twarkowski@lls.nsw.gov.au

Upper Hunter (Upper Hunter, Muswellbrook, Singleton LGAs)

(02) 6540 2413 maria.cameron@lls.nsw.gov.au

Manning Great Lakes (Midcoast LGA)

(02) 6551 8997 reegan.walker@lls.nsw.gov.au

Lodging applications Email: admin.hunter@lls.nsw.gov.au

or post to

Attn: Hunter Local Land Services Community Small Grants Program

Hunter Local Land Services

816 Tocal Road                                      2 Flemington Drive                            98 Victoria Street

Paterson NSW 2421                              Scone NSW 2337                                Taree NSW 2430

Examples of activities that can be funded
Awareness raising events
Small-scale on-ground works
School programs
Resources and Products
Other activities aimed at increasing community engagement and participation in sustainable natural resource management (NRM, Aboriginal traditional land management, sustainable agriculture, biosecurity and emergency management)