Funding 2013-18

Caring for our Country is an ongoing initiative that will continue to offer multi-year funding to provide certainty for stakeholders. The Australian Government will commit more than $2 billion to continue Caring for our Country from 2013-14 to 2017-18.

Program delivery

The delivery of the second phase of Caring for our Country will be through two specific streams:

  • a Sustainable Environment stream delivered by the Department of the Environment, and
  • a Sustainable Agriculture stream delivered by the Department of Agriculture.

Some aspects of Caring for our Country will continue to be delivered jointly between the two departments, such as regional delivery for identified regional natural resource management organisations and Reef Rescue.

Program overview

This next phase of Caring for our Country will begin in July 2013. Information on funding opportunities under the next five years of Caring for our Country will be released progressively over the coming months.

Program Status

Innovation Grants

Innovation Grants ranging between $250 000 to $1.5 million (GST Exclusive) will help drive the development and adoption of innovative practices and technology across the agriculture, fishing, aquaculture and farm forestry sectors.


World Heritage Grants

Applications are sought from existing World Heritage property managers for projects to ensure that World Heritage property management is in accordance with the World Heritage Convention.


Reef Rescue

Applications are invited for funding for Water Quality Grants and Partnerships and the Systems Repair and Urban Grants components of Reef Rescue.

Water Quality Grants and Partnerships


Systems Repair and Urban Grants


Regional Delivery funding

Regional Delivery funding replaces 'regional base-level funding' provided during the first five years of Caring for our Country.


Community Environment Grants

Grants of between $5000 and $50 000 (GST exclusive) are available to help community groups and organisations to contribute to the sustainable management of Australia's environment.


Target Area Grants

Target Area Grants will provide funding of between $50,000 and $2 million for projects to maintain ecosystem services, protect our conservation estate, and enhance the capacity of Indigenous communities to conserve and protect natural resources across six target areas.

Proposals seeking between $1 million and $2 million.
(EOI process followed by full applications).


Proposals seeking between $50,000 and $1 million


Community Landcare Grants

Grants between $5000 to $50 000 to help local community-based organisations and groups take on-ground action and build their capacity and skills to manage their natural environment and productive lands.


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