Community Environment Alliance Grants Program

The Community Environment Alliance grants program supports local, non-profit organisations and groups to reduce their carbon emissions and preserve the Borough’s natural environment.

Successful grants will support, enhance and improve environmental sustainability in the local community. Projects may include environmental education, waste reduction and recycling initiatives, energy efficiency upgrades, revegetation and water conservation within the Borough of Queenscliffe municipality.

Plese note that the 2019 grant application period closed at 4:00pm on Friday 15 March 2019.

All projects must be completed by Tuesday 31 December 2019.

What type of project will receive funding?

Funded activities will educate the community and result in more environmentally sustainable operations and decision-making, such as:

  • Information sessions, workshops and other education activities;
  • Energy efficiency upgrades (e.g. LED lighting, exterior shading, solar PV, draught proofing) and water conservation measures (e.g. rainwater tanks, shower heads); and
  • Improving waste, recycling and food waste bins and signage.

How much can I apply for?

The maximum grant available in 2019 is $2,000. Applicants must match the grant amount on a $ for $ basis, either in cash and/or through in-kind contributions.

The program is fully funded by the Borough of Queenscliffe.

How do I apply?

Interested groups should read the grant guidelines below and discuss their project with Council’s Sustainability Officer to determine their eligibility.

Download the 2019 Community Environment Alliance Grant Guidelines here.

For more information, contact Council’s Sustainability Officer on 03 5258 1377 or via email at info@queenscliffe.vic.gov.au.

2018 CEA grants program recipients

Organisation Grant Purpose
Queenscliffe and District Neighbourhood House $2,500 Boomerang Bags
St Aloysius Catholic Primary School $2,000 Kids Teaching Kids Local Conference 2018
Swan Bay Environment Association $2,300 Gardens for Wildlife – A Targeted Approach

The 2018 CEA grants program funded three local projects:

  • Boomerang Bags, conducted by the Queenscliffe Neighbourhood House;
  • Kids Teaching Kids Local Conference 2018, conducted by St Aloysius Catholic Primary School; and
  • Gardens for Wildlife – A Targeted Approach, conducted by the Swan Bay Environment Association.

The three successful projects encouraged participation from a wide cross-section of the community, built knowledge, awareness and understanding of environmental issues, and supported individuals to connect with the environment.

Boomerang Bags

Led by project coordinator Jane Rodwell, Queenscliffe Neighbourhood House volunteers have created 170 Boomerang Bags since the project commenced in July 2018. The project has been a true community collaboration, bringing people together and providing an opportunity to share knowledge and learn new skills while working to reduce plastic waste.

The free, reusable Boomerang Bags are available from the Queenscliffe Neighbourhood House, the Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale IGAs, and the Point Lonsdale Market. Upcoming making sessions and projects updates are communicated on the ‘Boomerang Bags 3225’ Facebook page and the Neighbourhood House website, www.qnhouse.com.au.

2018 Kids Teaching Kids Local Conference

For the 2018 Kids Teaching Kids local conference, St Aloysius students from grades four, five and six designed a variety of workshops about local marine science and environmental issues and presented these to over 100 students from local and regional primary schools. The conference, entitled, ‘Inspiring Young Marine Scientists – Stewards of Swan Bay’, was held at The Pavilion in Princess Park, Queenscliff, highlighting the potential of their immediate environment as a learning space.

Organised by the Student Environmental Leadership Team, the conference involved support and contributions from various local community groups and businesses. Participant feedback indicated a high level of enjoyment, enthusiasm and engagement. The St Aloysius students developed presentation and teamwork skills and a passion for environmental leadership through their participation, with a group of the leading students proceeding to the subsequent Melbourne Water Kids Teaching Kids Conference.

Gardens for Wildlife – A Targeted Approach

The Swan Bay Environment Association (SBEA) contacted approximately 250 residents in the areas targeted for the project and visited 23 gardens, distributing 214 indigenous plants between June and November 2018. Residents were able to schedule visits at a convenient time using Eventbrite, an online booking system.

Participants in the program reported a high level of learning, reporting that they discovered how the existing features of their garden can attract wildlife, and what changes they could make to attract wildlife to their garden, as well as learning about the indigenous vegetation in their area and the names of plants in their gardens.

The SBEA has already begun to apply learning from the targeted program so far, and expect to extend the ‘Targeted Approach’ into 2019.

Click here to read Council's media release about the 2018 CEA grants recipients.