Community litter grants

Program snapshot

Eligible bodies: NSW community groups

Contact:  (02) 9995 5000 or

Managed by: Department of Planning, Industry and Environment

The Community Litter Grants are funded by the nine-year $802 million Waste Less, Recycle More initiative. The Community Litter Grants program started in 2012 and has run over four rounds. 

Round 5 Community Litter Grants are closed

Grant applications closed at 10am on Monday 2 September 2019 and applications are no longer being accepted. Applications will be processed and reviewed with successful grants expected to be announced by early October.

For enquiries about the Community Litter Grant program, please contact the  

The aim of the Community Litter Grant program is to help deliver the NSW Government target to reduce litter by 40% by 2020. All funded projects must include direct community leadership and participation in the development of litter prevention activities.

Program streams

Grant funding is available in two streams

Stream 1: Local single-community group projects - $4,000 to $10,000

This stream is for a community group to conduct a litter prevention project at a single littered location. It is intended for groups who are taking their first steps in the litter prevention journey.

Stream 2: Multi-site and/or multi-organisation - $20,000 to $70,000

This stream is for larger organisations that are able to work across multiple sites and involve multiple groups. It is intended for groups with the capacity to engage in litter prevention at scale and over the long term. 


To apply for funding, a community group must be a non-government, not-for-profit organisation. You must have your own constitution and be incorporated under the law of a state of territory of Australia as an incorporated association, company or cooperative society. Stream 1 projects must be completed by June 2020, and Stream 2 projects must be completed by March 2021.

The Local Litter Check

The EPA Local Litter Check is a free online tool that is available on the EPA website. All projects developed under the Community Litter Grants program use the Local Litter Check to plan, monitor and evaluate project outcomes.

The EPA Litter Prevention Kit (PDF 2,315 KB) provides free practical guidance for using the EPA Local Litter Check to develop effective litter prevention projects.

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