Reef Guardian Stewardship Grants

Up to $6,000 is available from Reef Guardian Stewardship Grants to support locally relevant stewardship projects which provide accessible opportunities for the community to contribute to caring for the Reef.


Reef Guardian Stewardship Grants

The Reef Guardian Stewardship Grants fund small projects that help build a network of informed, connected and empowered environmental stewards working to protect and conserve the Reef.



The objectives of the grant opportunity are to support initiatives that:

  • recognise and foster leadership in Reef stewardship to encourage people to care for and respect the Reef, its catchment and community
  • enable people to learn about the Reef, its catchment and build knowledge and skills so they can help look after these
  • provide opportunities for others to get involved in action to minimise environmental impacts and conserve resources
  • promote a culture of community stewardship of the Reef by sharing knowledge, facilitating partnerships and collaborating.



The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority has allocated up to $200,000 per year until June 2021 for the Reef Guardian Grants Program.

For the Reef Guardian Stewardship grants, up to $54,000 per year is allocated until 2021.

  • The minimum grant amount per successful application is $1000.
  • The maximum grant amount per successful application is $6000.

The annual Reef Guardian Stewardship Grant budget is notionally allocated across the 12 Local Marine Advisory Committee regions, with a minimum of $2000 allocated to projects delivered in each region. There may be multiple projects supported in any one region. If there are no suitable projects in any region, the grant funding is reallocated to another region within the same grant round.

The maximum grant period is one year. An acquittal report will be required by the end of the grant period. This applies to completed and ongoing projects.


Eligible Projects

Eligible activities must directly relate to the project and can include:

  • Activities that build knowledge, including:
    • events and awareness raising initiatives
    • citizen science – monitoring, collecting information
    • development of innovative communication tools and products
  • Activities that promote and develop leadership including:
    • skill development through immersive or experiential learning
    • training or workshops
    • professional development for stewardship leaders
    • case studies and other means to showcase leadership
  • Activities that provide or enable on-ground stewardship action, including
    • beach, creek, wetland or ecosystem clean up events
    • Reef or coastal ecosystem restoration
    • control of sediment loss or water pollution
    • innovative waste management
  • Activities that build networks and facilitate partnerships, including:
    • establishment of committees and working groups to develop and implement stewardship action
    • networking and planning to support or enable stewardship
    • community engagement activities

Eligible expenditure items are:

  • travel and transport costs to the project or event site
  • business catering (however no alcohol is to be provided)
  • fee for services arrangements for experts or consultants
  • advertising, marketing and promotion (including printing costs)
  • personal protective equipment such as sun shirts, uniforms, water bottles, sunscreen or hats
  • signage for the project or event site
  • hire of project staff or equipment or venue
  • purchase of small consumables (under $500 and excluding computers and electronics) including reference and historical literature
  • Reef focused community events equipment hire (e.g. marquees, audio systems, catering and sanitation facilities and chairs/tables).


Eligible Applicants

To be eligible you must:

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • have an account with an Australian financial institution
  • undertake the project in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and/or its catchment

and be one of the following entity types:

  • a company incorporated in Australia
  • an incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust
  • an incorporated association
  • a joint (consortia) application with a lead organisation
  • a not-for-profit organisation
  • an Australian local government body
  • an Australian state or territory government body
  • an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Corporation registered under the Corporations (Aboriginal and /or Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006.



Applications close 28 October 2019.


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