Reef Guardians Grants Program

Reef Guardians is an initiative of the Australian government’s Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. It provides activities and support to enable the community to work together today, for a healthier Reef tomorrow.

The Reef Guardians Grant Program replaces previously existing granting activities run by the Authority including the Ripples of Change Grants, the Local Marine Advisory Committee Project Funds and the Science for Management Awards.

The Program encourages Reef Guardians, Local Marine Advisory Committees, and the scientific and wider community to collaborate on locally relevant projects that will positively influence the values of the Great Barrier Reef. These activities are a component of our investment in on-ground stewardship actions that support the Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan outcomes and targets.

The objective of the Program is to support locally relevant stewardship and research projects which provide accessible opportunities for the community to contribute to caring for the Reef. Successful projects will not only contribute to positive environmental outcomes, they will assist in building pride and confidence, and strengthen the local community’s capacity for further stewardship of the Reef.

Program aims

  • Foster a culture of community stewardship of the Reef;
  • Stimulate and empower communities to take local action, to enhance health and resilience of the Reef;
  • Develop partnerships and networks within Reef communities, extending to management agencies, Traditional Owner Groups and Indigenous Ranger Programs and partner institutions;
  • Influence social and environmental drivers affecting the Reef, its catchment and communities; and
  • Enable research that informs future management of the Reef.

Information about available grants, how to apply and selection criteria can be found in our Grants Guidelines.

You can also see what activities were undertaken by previous grant recipients.