Community Sustainability Grants Program 2020/2021


The Community Sustainability Grant provides financial assistance to eligible not-for-profit community groups and organisations to implement renewable energy, energy efficiency projects, waste and climate change related projects. A total of $20,000 is available in this current grant round.

Applications open: Monday 14 December, 2020

Applications close: 5pm Sunday 7 February, 2021

Funding announcements: Late March, 2021


This grant stream supports the strategic objective in the Indigo Shire Council Plan 2017-21: We support the reduction of carbon emissions and climate change adaptation and mitigation actions, as well as core themes outlined within Council’s Environment Strategy and Climate Emergency Strategic Action Plan.

The intention of the funding is to support:

  • Projects which reduce  greenhouse gas emissions in the community and work towards a zero emissions future through; improved sustainability, energy efficiency, renewable energy, and supporting emerging emissions reduction technology.
  • Capital projects that reduce the energy costs for community facilities and strengthen their long term financial sustainability and climate adaptation.
  • Building capacity of community groups working towards sustainability outcomes aligned to Indigo Shire’s policies, plans and strategies.
  • Events and engagement activities that increase awareness and education within the community and promote a transition towards a zero emissions future, including:
  • Raising community awareness of the relevance of climate change, the impacts it will have on our environment and way of life, and the opportunities it will present.
  • Encouraging participation in sustainability activities and events that enable a transition towards a zero emissions future.
  • Enabling community members to acquire or develop new skills in relation to increased sustainability and emissions reduction.


Guidelines can be viewed or downloaded below.

Community Sustainability Grant Guidelines(PDF, 281KB)

Note: You must contact Councils Environment and Sustainability Team on 1300 365 003 (during Business hours) or email to discuss project concept.

Applications - SmartyGrants - Online Grants Management Portal

In 2020/21 we will be using SmartyGrants, an online grants system to manage and streamline the application process. It is through the online portal that applications and all supporting documentation will be submitted, processed, and acquitted

If for any reason you need assistance with submitting online, please contact the Environment and Sustainability Team on 1300 365 003 or email

Please note that if you need a paper copy of the application form you can download it below, or collect a copy from Customer Service locations across the Shire.

Community Sustainability Grant Application Form(PDF, 197KB)

For more information please contact Councils Environment and Sustainability Team on 1300 365 003 (during Business hours).

The Community Grants Program

The Community Grants program has closed for 2020/2021.

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Please note: For more information on Council's two event grant programs, Tourism and Community please visit the events section.