Community Litter Grants

Funding for Community Groups and Volunteers in your Area

Are you fed up with litter in your local area? Or maybe you’re part of a group who are already doing something to clean up your neighbourhood, but could do with some extra funds to help out?

Community Litter Grants, a project by Keep NSW Beautiful (KNSWB) and supported by the NSW EPA, encourages and nurtures grassroots-led action; KNSWB is on-hand to offer project advice at every turn.

Grants of up to $5,000 are available for community groups who are keen to tackle litter in their area and have the local knowledge to make a difference.

Any community group can apply for a litter grant: school groups, youth groups, scouts and guides, surf clubs, pony clubs – not just your usual environmentally-focused teams. These are projects designed to connect groups with the world they live in and the community they love.

The grants give everyone involved a sense of ownership of the land and space around them, and the tools to make them better.

The grants are easy, accessible, and can be a fun bonding opportunity for groups. All groups or organisations applying for a grant must first conduct a Local Litter Check, which uses specific methodology to collect information on a litter ‘hotspot’ and compare it with a clean area. The comparison allows you to drill down what will be most effective in your community. Your community group will receive $500 reimbursement for completing your local litter check.

Groups can then apply for a grant to create a project that will reduce litter long-term in their chosen public space.

This is the third year in which the Community Litter Grants are being rolled out, but the first year a perpetual application period is being introduced. Groups can apply anytime.

To date, 190 community groups across NSW have received funding from the grants program.

For more information:


OR Call: Madeleine (Keep NSW Beautiful) on 02 8594 4000.

Apply now!

Applications open until April 2nd 2017.

This project is a NSW EPA Waste Less, Recycle More initiative funded by the waste levy.