About the grants program
The Reef Guardian Stewardship Grants fund projects that help build a network of informed, connected and empowered environmental stewards working to protect and conserve the Reef. The objectives of the grant opportunity are to support initiatives that:
- recognise and foster leadership in Reef stewardship to encourage people to care for and respect the Reef
- enable people to learn about the Reef and build knowledge and skills to assist in its protection
- involve others in minimising environmental impacts and conserving resources
- promote a culture of stewardship for the Reef by sharing knowledge, facilitating partnerships and collaborating.
Applying for a grant
The current round of Reef Guardian Stewardship Grants opened on 27 September 2019. Applications for this round will close 6am 28 October 2019. The grants will offer financial assistance ranging from $1,000 to $6,000 for successful projects. For more information, see the grant guidelines.
To apply for a grant, you will need to register with the online SmartyGrants portal. Further information about the application process and how to register can be found on the SmartyGrants website.
The theme of this grant round is 'Connecting People to the Reef and each other'.
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority recognises that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Traditional Owners have long and continuing connections with the Great Barrier Reef, its natural resources, and each other. They have observed, understood and shared the changes and movements of plants and animals since the Great Barrier Reef formed. Stories, song lines, totems and local languages continue to be used to pass this knowledge on.
The Reef Guardian Stewardship Grants will further promote people’s connections to the Reef and conceive new ways to share this knowledge at locally-meaningful scales. For example, merging traditional governance with mainstream initiatives, or bringing people or community’s together to learn from each other, to create avenues of social and environmental influence for the health, protection and conservation of the Great Barrier Reef.
- Map the values in your local areas, beaches, islands and reef. For example, data may include coastal (migratory sea birds arrival), marine (stingray nursery areas, significant corals or whale movements) or island-based (when and where butterflies occur on mass which is an Outstanding Universal Value for the World Heritage Area).
- Grantees may wish to include historical data, such as dive logs or bird watchers' notebooks. Data may also include old photographs by using dates and locations on digital photographs.
- Bring your local community together to learn and create a seasonal calendar or collaborate to capture ecological knowledge, like this Torres Strait Islander Seasonal Calendar.
- We encourage everyone to post sightings using the Eye on the Reef app. Get your community together and begin capturing sightings data for your patch of the Reef. We can provide this data back to you to help with your project development or mapping exercise.