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Project Grants

2016-2017 Project Environment Grants Now Open

Project grants are available to community groups, industry associations, incorporated organisations and local government for environmental projects benefiting the Northern Territory. Funding opportunities are available for projects that engage the community and provide benefits to the environment through direct action.

Amount Available

Up to $20 000 though higher levels of funding may be considered where projects can demonstrate exceptional benefits to the community. Higher levels of funding can also be attained by working together with other organisations.

Eligibility

Project grants are available to any incorporated organisation that wishes to conduct a project that is beneficial to the Northern Territory. Types of organisations include community groups, industry associations, local governments, not for profits and commercial enterprises. If an unincorporated body or person has an idea for a project they will need to get an incorporated body to act as their administrative body. In this case the administrative body will apply on behalf of the unincorporated body or person and will have ultimate responsibility for the grant. For more information on this type of application call the grant manager on (08) 8924 4002.

Application Process

Applications for Project Environment Grants open 3 May 2016. To lodge an application for the Project environment grants your organisation needs to be registered with the online grants management system called Grants Tracker. If you are unsure whether your organisation is already registered or have forgotten your password please contact the grants manager on (08) 8924 4002. As there is no technical support outside office hours and weekends it is prudent to organise your logon details as soon as possible. To find out more about the online grants management system refer to the Grants Tracker page on this website.

Once you have the logon details you can begin. There are potentially two stages in the Project Environment Grants application process.

1. Expression of Interest (EOI)
2. Full Application

NOTE: The EOI stage is not a culling process but an opportunity to get feedback from the assessment panel that make the final funding recommendations. The EOI comprises of a few questions and a perspective budget that give an overview of the project you wish to undertake. From this the assessment panel will provide suggestions on how the application may be improved and the type of information they expect to see in the final application. If you wish to receive feedback from the panel you must submit an EOI by Monday 11 July 2016

In the full application you have the chance to expand on the proposed project and perhaps address feedback provided by the panel. Applicants that have missed the EOI cut off still have the opportunity to lodge a full application but will not have the benefit of receiving feedback from the panel. Full applications are due by Monday 5 September 2016. After the closing date all applications will be assessed by an independent panel and recommendations will be made to the NT EPA whom will make the final funding decision.

Before starting the application it is recommended that you read the Project Guidelines . This document details what we are looking for in an application and goes through the assessment criteria which the projects are assessed against.

Categories

In 2016-2017 the grant program will be focused on three broad categories:

1. Waste
2. Pollution
3. Stormwater

The focus areas for the 2016-2017 grants round are issues that affect everybody on some level. Fortunately there are ways to minimise the impact they have on our environment and to help preserve the Territory’s unique environment for generations to come.

Some areas of focus and possible projects are outlined below. Note these are suggestions, applicants are not limited to these options:

Waste

Focus Area Possible Projects
Landfill Management
  • Educating the community in regards to waste streams that their local landfill or transfer stations can accommodate
  • Upgrade waste facilities to minimise impact on the environment such as leachate control and handling of listed wastes
Litter
  • Clean up days
  • Education programs addressing the negative impacts of litter and facilitate behaviour change
  • Develop infrastructure to better deal with litter in the community
Illegal Dumping
  • Identification and cleaning of illegal dumping sites with appropriate safe guards
  • Community education on the negative impacts of illegal dumping
  • Campaign to report illegal dump sites to NT EPA
Community Engagement
  • Community engagement  projects that identify roadblocks and solutions to waste management
  • Education campaign to increase the level of recycling
  • Projects that engage the community on how they can reduce waste in their homes
  • Community engagement and education activities that highlight issues surrounding waste and recycling
Waste minimisation / reduction
  • Setting up infrastructure to encourage recycling in the community
  • Creating incentives to promote waste reduction among the business and domestic community
  • Projects using materials that would otherwise go to landfill
  • Setting up composting/recycling stations at schools and community centres
  • Waste audits of businesses designed to identify ways they can reduce waste
Remote waste
  • Projects that address the logistics of dealing with waste in the remote communities
  • Education on waste management in remote areas and the effects of bad management
  • Waste solutions in areas with little or not waste removal services
Container Deposit Scheme (CDS)
  • Community education and about the CDS scheme
  • Set up collection points to facilitate access to the scheme for the community that will provide fundraising dollars
  • Project facilitating the rollout of the Container Deposit Scheme to remote areas
Waste data collection
  • Collection of reliable data that will help communities, local and Territory Governments and the NT EPA establish more effective waste management plans, including:
    • Type and amount of waste for specific generated in specific areas
    • Waste trends in specific areas
    • Number, nature and location of waste services provider operation in the Northern Territory
    • Logistics surrounding the disposal of waste in particular areas
Improve management of listed wastes
  • Education programs surround the dangers of these kinds of waste and how they should be dealt with
  • Projects that make the collection and disposal of listed wastes easier, safer and greener
Product Stewardship
  • Facilitation and expansion of existing product stewardship schemes ie. E-Waste, tyres, paints

Pollution

Focus Area Possible Projects
Prevention
  • Establishing prevention measures that reduce/stop the level of pollution entering the environment in a specific area or for a specific industry
Education
  • Education industry or the public about best practice activities to avoid creating pollution
  • Raising public awareness on pollution issues through seminars, art, displays, public demonstrations etc.
  • Erecting signage near waterways
Management
  • Implementing improved infrastructure to monitor and manage pollution
  • Research into better pollution management processes
  • Collection of reliable data or monitoring programs that will help communities, local government and the Territory Government establish more effective pollution management plans

Stormwater

Focus Area Possible Projects
Prevention
  • Installation of infrastructure in public areas that prevent pollutants from entering the ecosystem via stormwater channels
Education
  • Information for residential occupants regarding harm minimisation eg. fertiliser use, car washing and disposal fo chemicals
  • Information / seminars for business addressing stormwater issues such as runoff on their sites
Management
  • Monitoring of Stormwater and identification/management of pollution
  • Mapping urban creeks and identifying points or entry for stormwater and potential pollutants
  • Identification and management of areas where stormwater pools and stagnates
  • Management of natural drainage systems and riparian vegetation