Catchment & Citizen Science Grants Program

The grant funding for this program is to encourage community participation in on-ground actions that improve the condition of water environments across the Gold Coast.

The Catchment and Citizen Science Program allocates funding each financial year to:

  • foster community understanding about water catchment health
  • encourage community participation in activities that improve the condition of water environments across the Gold Coast.

Funding for Catchment and Citizen Science Grants is made in accordance with the Community Grants Policy. Community organisations are asked to review the Policy prior to application to ensure they meet eligibility and requirements.

Who can apply

Applicants must:

  • be a community organisation
  • operate within the Gold Coast
  • have an adequate level of public liability insurance for the project (where appropriate)
  • not be an ineligible applicant.

Ineligible applicants are defined under Council's Community Grants Policy.

Project requirements

Applicants must be able to:

  • propose a project that falls within one of the following four categories:
    • citizen science
    • landcare activities
    • environmental events
    • waterway litter clean-ups
  • demonstrate a public interest benefit for the project
  • demonstrate that the project has a defined outcome that will benefit residents of the Gold Coast
  • complete the project within 12 months of the date of remittance of funds.

Acquittal requirements

All grants provided under this program must be acquitted by 30 June in the financial year that the grant is awarded or in accordance with the funding agreement.

Any unspent or unacquitted funds must be returned to Council along with the acquittal report(PDF, 104KB)

How to apply

Applications for Catchment and Citizen Science grants are received via one round each year.

Opening date Closing date
Round 1 1 July 31 July

Applications from $500 to $30,000 are welcomed.

Please review the Community Grants Policy prior to application to ensure you meet eligibility and requirements.

Applications now open. Apply online via City of Gold Coast SmartyGrants. Applications close on 31 July 2022. Late applications will not be accepted.

Apply now

Details of allocation will be published following determination of applications.

Contact us

Catchment & Citizen Science Program
Catchment Management Unit