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Your Status

Are you a non-for profit or registered community group?

  • Yes… great! You can apply for a grant.

No… Are you affiliated with one? Do you have an ABN?

  • Yes… great! You can apply for a grant.
  • No… Perhaps your council or another group could act as financial trust? We have had a number of groups do this in the past and it is easy.

The Handbook

This outlines the two step process for the Community Litter Grants program and will provide lots of information and videos on past projects

Find it here


What is a Local Litter Check?

The local litter check is a simple form which your group fills out at what we call a “hot spot” or where you are hoping to complete your grant project. It involves counting the litter there, inspecting the area and talking to someone in the area. You also complete this at a “clean site” which is similar in size and usage to your hot spot. For completing this and sending it to us at Keep NSW Beautiful your group receives $500.

The local litter check is important as it provides the statistical baseline for your project.

I know the cause of litter in my area. Why do I have to do a Local Litter  Check?

The Local Litter Check will provide statistical evidence on the cause of litter in the area so that you can move to the next stage of developing a project to address the problem knowing your assumptions about the cause are correct.

It can also in some cases show you that what you thought was the cause of the problem is not always what you think it is. It’s best to be sure before you make a plan.

My community group does regular ‘clean ups’ – we just want some funding to keep working.

It is great that your group is so involved in the community.  However this program is first and foremost about counting the litter and coming up with the source of the litter so that your group, with support from your local council, can start to address the problem of the source of the litter.  If your group wants to turn the Local Litter Check into a ‘clean up’ afternoon that is great! but it is not the main reason for the local litter check methodology.

Why does the Local Litter Check have to be carried out on public land rather than private land?

To develop a project to deal with the source of the Litter will involve whichever organisation is responsible for waste collection on the land.  Private land may not have access to waste collection and may restrict you from actively completing your project.

My school wants the children to participate in a Local Litter Check but I have been told the school cannot apply for a grant.

The school can apply for a grant if your Local Litter Check is going to take place on public land.

What happens in Step 2 – the grant application?

Once the litter check is completed you are eligible to put in an application for up to $5000 to address the litter in your area.

This can including funding clean ups, education days in the community or schools, new infrastructure, creating partnerships… the list goes on.

Talk through your ideas with staff in the Waste Department in your local council who will give you good advice. Your application for a grant will need to be supported by the council to show that you have discussed your proposed project.

When KNSWB receives your application it will be sent out to an assessment committee.  We send out applications monthly to the committee so it can take up to six weeks to let you know whether your applications has been successful.

What do the assessors look for?

An integrated approach. We have five pillars to guide us and we look for elements across these:

  • Education
  • Infrastructure
  • Partnerships
  • Community Engagement
  • Enforcement (optional)
  • We also need at least one clean up.

When can I apply?

The program is taking applications throughout 2017 until the budget has been all allocated so it’s best to apply as soon as possible.

Any questions?

There is a lot of information and videos on past projects on this site.

Any questions please contact Madeleine Martin at Keep New South Wales Beautiful.

I would love to hear your ideas for dealing with litter in your area and any questions you have on the grants program.  Tel. 02 8594 4000 or email.

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