Small Environmental Grants Scheme

Norman Wettenhall Foundation

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Grant amount: A $1,000 - A $10,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Individuals Organizations

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Research, Project / Program

Location of project: Australia

Location of residency: Australia

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The objectives of the Small Environmental Grants Scheme are to support Australian biodiversity projects that are concerned with one or more of the following:

  • monitoring and recording data
  • community education
  • community capacity building (training)
  • research and science

At the moment we are looking for projects around flora and fauna conservation, threatened mammal conservation, and landscape restoration and education. 

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Projects must be about flora and fauna conservation, threatened mammal conservation, or landscape restoration and education.
  • We fund all around Australia, but only in Australia
  • Academic applicants can apply for up to AUD$5,000. 
    • You must be partnering with an "on ground" group.
  • Equipment and travel may be funded
    • To be considered for funding, it must be a necessary part of a project that is concerned directly with biodiversity preservation. 


  • We don't fund: 
    • Advocacy    
    • On-ground works including tree planting, fencing or pest plant or animal control (traditionally and currently available through various government agencies, local councils, and other landcare programs)    
    • Waterwatch or other programs no longer funded by government unless negotiated with the Executive Director    
    • Workshops alone – we’re not that keen on ‘talk fests’, any workshops need to be a part of a larger project with an ‘action’ component    
    • Invasive monitoring    
    • Landcare Coordinators    
    • Whole farm planning    
    • Educational programs involving the curriculum in primary and secondary schools.
      • Any projects involving schools must be primarily about biodiversity conservation, and not be isolated to the school grounds or school community    
    • Bush food gardens, sensory gardens, veggie gardens, chicken houses, water tanks, arboretums etc (particularly in kinders and schools) – we’re too small to fund all these projects around Australia so please don’t apply    
    • Animal or wildlife refuges and their activities    
    • Pure academic research – academic applicants need to show how their research is directly linked to a community group doing conservation work.
      • Research needs to be of benefit to those groups working on habitat or species conservation
      • eg I won’t accept applications for research on how climate change will affect a particular species without the research being done in conjunction with a group that can work towards conserving that species on the ground.