Community litter grants

Program snapshot

Eligible bodies: NSW community groups

Contact:  (02) 9995 5000 or

Managed by: NSW Environment Protection Authority

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

Applications for Round 5 will open in May 2019. 

Expressions of Interest from contractors to assist with development of Community Litter Grant projects closed 18 February 2019.


The principle aim of the Community Litter Grant program is to help deliver the Premier’s Priority to reduce litter by 40% by 2020. All funded projects must include direct community participation in the development of litter prevention activities.


Grant funding will be available in two streams

Stream 1: Local single-community group projects - $4,000 to $10,000
This stream will be for any 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. Expert help will be available to support groups to plan and carry out effective litter prevention.

Stream 2: Multi-site and/or multi-organisation - $20,000 to $70,000
This stream will be for larger organisations that are able to work across multiple sites and involve multiple groups. It is intended for groups that have the capacity to engage in litter prevention at scale and over the long term.


To apply for funding, community groups must be non-government, not-for-profit organisation. They must have their own constitution and be incorporated under the law of a state of territory as an incorporated association, company or cooperative society. Groups must be able to complete their litter project within an agreed timeframe – by June 2020 for Stream 1 projects, and by March 2021 for Stream 2.

The Litter Expert Panel

To support community groups in litter prevention, the EPA is establishing the Litter Expert Panel. This will be made up of people across NSW who have the demonstrated ability to assist community groups to plan and implement their litter prevention projects. This will be a part-time contracted role with the EPA. To find out more or to register your interest in the role, please visit NSW Government eTendering website.

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