2019 Communities Environment Program Grant


What is the Gellibrand CEP? 

The 2019 Gellibrand Communities Environment Programme supports small scale, community-led environment projects that address environmental priorities in Melbourne’s West and give our community the resources, skills and knowledge to care for the environment.

For each project, the grant amount will be up to 100 per cent of eligible project costs though additional cash and/or in-kind contributions towards the project costs are strongly encouraged.

Up to $150,000 will be allocated to projects within Gellibrand.  Successful applications are then submitted to the Government for review and final sign off.

The intended outcomes of the program are better management of natural habitats and native species, reduced levels of threats and risks to the environment (litter, waste, pest animals, weeds, run-off) and increased community knowledge, participation and connection with the natural environment.

Examples of the kind of activities that can be funded under this grant include.

  • Citizens science projects to collect and contribute information
  • Activities that protect and enhance the natural environment and/or
  • support recovery of native species
  • Reduction of threats and risks to the natural environment
  • Reduction of waste and litter
  • Activities that encourage re-use and recycling and carbon sequestration
  • Educational activities that build community knowledge

Who can apply?

The organisation must be an incorporated not-for-profit including:

  • incorporated associations (P&C, P&F and equivalent)
  • non-distributing co-operatives
  • companies limited by guarantee
  • Indigenous not for profit corporations
  • An incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust responsible for community property
  • A local governing body as defined in the Act

Organisations that are unable to incorporate may nominate a project sponsor to apply.

Key project eligibility criteria

To be eligible the project must:

  • be a small scale, community-led environmental project
  • give communities the knowledge, skills and resources to care for the environment and address local environmental priorities
  • deliver positive environmental and social outcomes
  • include eligible activities and eligible expenditure
  • direct the majority of grant funding to an on-ground eligible activity
  • request a grant amount between $2,500 and $20,000
  • have at least $2,500 in eligible expenditure
  • carry out the majority of the project in the Gellibrand electorate. You can find more information here: 
  • be completed by 31 December 2020.

What is the process? 

After organisations have made an application we will compile a nomination shortlist. 

Organisations will then be informed if they are on the shortlist by mid-September.

Successful applicants will then be invited to apply for final funding approval from the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. 

How to apply? 

Applications can be completed in the form below and are open now until 5 pm Thursday 26 September, 2019. 

We encourage you to put as much detail in your application (up to the suggested limit) as possible. 

In addition to the below application, we ask all organisations send us a copy of a project plan.

The supporting documents can be sent to with the subject heading “CEP 2019 – [ORGANISATION NAME] Supporting Documents”  by the application closing date.

Who should I contact, if I have any questions? 

You can contact my office by phone at 03 9687 7661 or email if you have any questions about the program or the application process.