The Australian Government has allocated $3M toward the Climate Change Grant Program . The Climate Change Grant Program aims to help the Australian public understand the need to act on climate change and reveal the opportunities and benefits of a clean energy future.
The Climate Change Grant Program opened on 30 June 2011 and provides organisations with the opportunity to apply for grants of up to $250,000 to highlight activities that demonstrate the opportunities associated with Australia moving to a clean energy future.
Australia currently releases more pollution per person than any other country in the developed world. The Australian Government is committed to reducing Australia’s carbon pollution emissions. A clean energy future means lasting security and prosperity for all Australians through innovation and transformation of our energy supply, strong energy efficiency measures, smart agricultural and land usage and a market mechanism that will enable and motivate the changes Australia needs to make.
The Climate Change Grant Program guidelines and application form are now available:
Climate Change Grant Program Guidelines – 30 June 2011
Climate Change Grant Program Application form (Word 328 KB)
If the Climate Change Grant Program guidelines or application form are required in any alternative format please contact [email protected].
Grant Program details
The Climate Change Grant Program will operate as a single call for proposals.
Eligible organisations may submit a single proposal seeking grant funding from a minimum of $50,000 (GST inclusive) up to an indicative maximum of $250,000 (GST inclusive) for a budgeted project of activities.
Grant Program goals
The Climate Change Grant Program aims to achieve the following Goals:
- Increased public awareness of a clean energy future.
- Awareness of the opportunities created by the move to a clean energy future.
- Increase the level of the Australian public’s positive engagement with action underway across Australia by government, business, industry and community organisations etc. to reduce carbon pollution through energy efficiency, renewable energy, carbon pricing and land/agriculture measures.
Grant Program objectives
The aim of the Climate Change Grant Program is to fund projects that meet one or several of the following objectives:
- Create innovative and positive ways of reaching disengaged audiences with messages on the elements of a clean energy future and what it may mean for Australia.
- Raise awareness of activity that is reducing carbon pollution, particularly in the areas of energy efficiency, renewable energy, carbon pricing and land/agriculture.
- Demonstrate activity helping to build a clean energy future.
- Profile opportunities created by a clean energy future.
Full details of eligibility criteria are provided in the Climate Change Grant Program Guidelines. Key criteria are listed below.
To be eligible for funding under the Grant Program, the applicant must be a legal entity and one of the following:
- A private sector corporation, incorporated association or trust corporation.
- A non-profit corporation or incorporated association.
- Other organisations deemed by the Program Manager to be an eligible recipient under this program.
- Grants are not available to individuals.
- Applicants must be registered for GST.
To be eligible for funding under the Climate Change Grant Program, the proposed project must be consistent with the goals and objectives of the Climate Change Grant Program as identified in the Grant Program Guidelines.
How to apply
Full details of how to apply are provided in the Climate Change Grant Program Guidelines. Applications must include:
- A completed application form—available to download above.
- Proposal —in addition to the application form, applicants must submit a proposal outlining their project in the context of the program selection criteria, explaining how it aligns with the programs goals and objectives.
- Support material—Applicants may choose to provide relevant supporting material to assist in the assessment of a proposal. If submitting supporting material, please discuss its content with the Grant Program contact to determine suitability prior to submitting an application.
Applications must be received by the Department electronically by email. Applications received after the closing deadline will not be accepted.
The Department will not accept faxed or hard copy applications.
The Department will acknowledge receipt of applications by email.
Applications are to be sent to the following email address:
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
The Department has compiled the following FAQs to assist Climate Change Grant Program Applicants with preparing their proposals.
- Can local governments, local or city council or local government entities apply for funding under the Grant Program?
- Can an organisation that has been operating for less than the three-year period specified in the guidelines be considered for funding?
No. However, the Grant Program Guidelines do not rule out consortium proposals. Accordingly, Applicants could partner with another organisation that does meet the eligibility requirements.
- Can funding include some capital expenditure?
Yes. The Department may consider (at the assessment stage) capital expenditure as eligible expenditure if it is specific to the project and not a day-to-day expense of the organisation. However, the Department will only approve capital expenditure on a case–by-case basis, taking into account the relevance of the proposed capital expenditure to the project outcome and the costs.
- Are all staff costs ineligible for funding?
No. The Department may consider some staff costs as eligible expenditure provided that they are additional to day-to-day costs. The Department will make a decision as to whether the claimed costs are eligible at the assessment stage, on a case-by-case basis.
- Section 3.2 of the Grant Program Guidelines states that proposals should ’reach a large number of people within a particular audience’ – what does this mean?
The Department considers that a large number of people within a particular audience equates, roughly, to reaching 350 – 450 people for a grant of $50,000. However, the reach required for any given grant will be a sliding scale relevant to the nature of the proposal and the amount of funding requested.
- Are State Governments eligible for funding under the Grant Program?
State Governments are not eligible to receive funding under the Grant Program. This includes organisations that are run by the States.
- Are TAFEs, Registered Training Organisations (RTOs), School Groups or other State-funded (private) organisations eligible to apply for funding under the Grant Program?
Yes, provided that they are not run by the State.
- Are sole traders with a registered business name, ABN, and registered for GST eligible to apply for funding under the Grant Program?
Yes, provided that they meet all the other eligibility criteria.
- Will the Department accept more than one proposal from a large organisation or university?
Yes. The Department will consider more than one proposal from a large organisation or university provided that they are distinct both in terms of organisational unit and material.
- Must organisations have the requisite insurance at the time of making their application?
No. Organisations are not required to have the specified insurance at the time of making the Application. However, organisations will need to obtain the insurances prior to any funding agreement being signed with the Department.
- Must organisations be registered for GST at the time of submitting their proposal?
No. Organisations are not required to be registered for GST at the time of making the Application. However, organisations will need to be registered prior to any funding agreement being signed with the Department.