Sustainability Grants

Community Sustainability Grant

Bring your project to life with a Community Sustainability Grant from Cairns Regional Council.

Not for profit groups operating in the Cairns local government area, can apply for up to $5,000 to deliver projects with a range of sustainability outcomes- from resource efficiency, sustainable travel and food production to biodiversity improvements or community education.

Applications for 2017/18 are open between 1 June and 31 July.  For more information, refer to the Community Sustainability Grant guidelines and application form. ( DOCX, 0.21 MB )

It is strongly recommended to discuss project ideas with the Sustainability Team before making an application. Initial contact is best made by emailing

Nature-based Learning Grant

Council’s Nature-Based Learning Grant provides up to $2,000 for school excursions that connect children with nature in a way that results in a greater awareness and appreciation of sustainable living and the natural world.

In 2016/17, 13 schools (1389 students) received grant funding for a range of excursions including trips to the reef and rainforest. See downloads section for more detail.

In 2017/18, grant applications are invited between 1 July and 31 July. For more information, refer to the Nature-based Learning Grant Application. ( , 0 MB )

Council’s Sustainability Team invites you to discuss your project ideas before you make an application. Initial contact is best made by emailing

Last updated: 23 June 2017