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Catchment and Citizen Science Grants Program

The Catchment and Citizen Science Program is allocated funding each financial year to foster community understanding about water catchment health and to encourage community participation in on-ground actions that improve the condition of water environments across the Gold Coast.

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), and
  • not be an ineligible applicant.

Ineligible applicants are defined under Council’s Community Grants Policy as:

  • Council’s controlled entities
  • Placemakers Gold Coast Ltd.
  • Gold Coast Education and Training Network Incorporated
  • Gold Coast Tourism Corporation Ltd.
  • community organisations that receive funding raised via any special rate, separate levy or charge of Council (e.g. Volunteer Fire Brigade Charge) in the same financial year in which an application for grant funding is received under this policy
  • political advocacy groups or those who provide political donations
  • government bodies (excluding primary and secondary schools)
  • political parties, chambers of commerce, industry association or body corporate
  • any community organisation that has an outstanding acquittal for grant funding received under this 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.

Program opening and closing dates

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

  Opening date Closing date
Round 1 1 July 31 July

Notice of allocation

2020-21 Catchment and Citizen Science grant applications have been decided. This page will be updated when applications open for the 2021-22 Catchment and Citizen Science grants in mid-2021.

Funding available

Applications from $1,000 to $30,000 are welcomed.

Acquittal requirements

All projects funded by the Catchment and Citizen Science Program must be acquitted within eight weeks of project completion or 12 months from the date of remittance of funds (whichever is earlier).

Any unspent or unacquitted funds must be returned to Council along with the acquittal report.

More information

Contact us at:

Catchment and Citizen Science Program
Catchment Management Unit
Email: catchmentmanagement@goldcoast.qld.gov.au

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