Environment Grant

The purpose of the Environment Grants program is to provide funding assistance for community-led projects that enhance the environment within the City of Onkaparinga.  Funding assistance will be provided for a wide range of innovative projects as an investment into the environment sustainability of the region.

How to apply

Applications are currently closed and will open 20 January 2020

We encourage enquiries prior to starting your application.  Please contact the Grants Officer on (08) 8301 7387 or email grants@onkaparinga.sa.gov.au 

We encourage schools to work with NRM Education's southern team on (08) 8384 0666 to ensure students have the best opportunities to take action on local environmental issues, leading to improved educational and environmental outcomes linked to the Australian Curriculum and the Early Years Learning Framework.


Funding conditions

Funding available 

  • $1000 for up to 50% of total costs for demonstration sites or school projects conducted solely on school grounds.
  • $4000 (maximum) for up to 50% of total costs for any other projects (special conditions may apply).

Eligibility criteria

  • only one Environment Grant project will be considered for funding, per applicant, per year
  • project must commence after 1 July 2020 and be completed within 12 months of receiving funding
  • 50% matching contribution be met in the form of cash, materials or in-kind support
  • business innovation projects - the project will trial new products, techniques or solutions to environmental issues
  • schools and child care centres -  to be considered there must be a clear, identified benefit to the wider community and/or the project can be accessed by the wider community.

 We will not fund:

  • ongoing operational and administration costs
  • fundraising or sponsorship
  • events/projects that commence or have taken place prior to 1 July 2020
  • projects that focus solely on beautification, amenity or general landscaping
  • business projects solely for the purpose of meeting legal or compliance requirements.

Examples of completed projects

Examples of completed projects

  • waste minimisation e.g. worm farms, composting, recycling equipment 
  • biodiversity e.g. revegetation, habitat creation, promotional materials, expert advice, equipment
  • food security e.g. edible gardens, for schools this must be created as part of a wider environmental curriculum or plan such as permaculture, composting, teaching students to grow their own food, sustainable irrigation practices
  • natural play space creation for children
  • water conservation e.g. rainwater tanks
  • equipment that enables groups to undertake the above projects. 


2019-20 Environment Grants Evaluation report(DOC, 416KB)

Environment Strategy(PDF, 4MB)