Reef Guardians Stewardship and Community Grants 2018

Applications will open soon for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s Reef Guardians Stewardship and Community Grants 2018 (previously called the Ripples of Change and LMAC projects) — from 1 March 2018 to 1 May 2018.

The grants support stewardship initiatives that address key risks and threats faced by the Great Barrier Reef. The grants provide an important avenue for schools, councils, community groups and environmental groups to contribute directly to an improved future for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

About the grants program

The objective of the Program is to support locally relevant stewardship 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, confidence, and will strengthen the local community’s capacity and motivation for further stewardship of the Reef.

Within this context, the aims of the Program are to:

  • 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

Applying for a grant

Applicants should complete the online Application form, via SmartyGrants and submit their completed application electronically. The link to this online application will be available here once the round opens.

Applications will be assessed in a competitive, merit-based process against the program’s assessment criteria. Following assessment of the applications, applicants will be notified in writing of the outcome in May 2018.

When applying for a Reef Guardian Community Grant, the applicant will need to seek endorsement from the relevant LMAC. The applicant should complete the project endorsement template and email to prior to the relevant LMAC meeting date.

Application preparation documents
Further information


Phone: (07) 4750 0700