FNPW funds conservation all around Australia.

The conservation of habitat, threatened species, and cultural heritage are priorities for us, as are accessible National Parks and environmental education.


Volunteers taking part in the marine debris clean up.


FNPW Grant Funding

The Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife invites grant applications for conservation projects. The purpose of our Community Conservation Grants is to assist in the protection of our native species, habitats, landscapes and cultural heritage.

Grants are available for both field projects and education programs that have a direct outcome for nature conservation in Australia. All proposals are evaluated by FNPW's Projects Committee based on funding priorities, funds available and quality and quantity of projects submitted.

FNPW may support approved projects through untied funds that belong to FNPW, or it may choose to run a targeted public appeal or seek third party sponsorship for the project. 

FNPW Community Conservation Grants aim to fund urgent and high priority projects in the following Focus Areas:

FNPW supported monitoring and conservation efforts on WA's Penguin Island.


Who is Eligible to Apply?

FNPW considers proposals for funding from:


Applicants will not be eligible for this round if they are:


When Can You Apply?

Applications open on Friday January 1, 2021 and must be submitted by 8pm AEST* on Friday February 26, 2021 for this round.

Closing times for applications by state are provided below. No extensions to these times will be permitted.

  • NSW, ACT, VIC, TAS: 8:00pm
  • SA: 7:30pm
  • QLD: 7:00pm
  • NT: 6.30pm
  • WA: 5:00pm


Applications for the next round of Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife Community Grants will be available through the FNPW Smartgrants portal when applications open.

Sample application form (pdf)
Please note this is a sample form only. Applications will only be accepted via the online applications portal. 


Evaluation & Selection Criteria

All evaluation and selection criteria are outlined in the grants guidelines. 

Download grants guidelines (pdf)


Priority will be given to projects and organisations that: 

Your application should provide information on how your project will:


Download project risk assessment template (word)

Download sample grant agreement (pdf)


Fund allocation

The 2021 Community Conservation grants round is a small grants round with a total pool of $75,000 for allocation. Grants made through this program are one off and cover activities/projects that are carried out over a 12 – 18 month period of time.

Applications seeking up to $10,000 that show value for money and include co-contributions will be given preference. In some instances part-funding may be offered.

Projects requiring more than $10,000 may be eligible for future co-funding or fundraising appeals. Please contact the FNPW Projects & Education Manager to discuss these projects.


Selection process

Community Conservation Grant applications are assessed by FNPW's Projects Committee and approved by the FNPW Board.   

The application process is as follows:

  • Applications open online: January 1, 2021
  • Applications close: February 26, 2021
  • Applications collated and applicants contacted if further information required: March 1, 2021
  • The Projects Committee assessment & recommendations for approval by FNPW Board: March 24, 2021
  • Applicants notified of the outcome of application: March 31, 2021



Note: Not all projects will be funded as FNPW may not be able to secure a sponsor or may not be able to allocate sufficient free funds.

Part funding may be provided for some projects that are assessed and recommended for funding through this round.

Projects may be assessed as a potential for other funding. If your project is assessed as potential for other funding it will be kept on file for one year in case funding is secured at a later time.



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