Applications Now Open - Community Grants Program 2023-24

As of Monday, September 4, 2023 the Responsible Wood 2023-24 Community Grants Program is open for applications. The funding available per project is between $2,000 and $15,000.

Applications close on Friday, November 3 2023 with successful projects required to be completed by 31st May 2024.

This is the program’s fourth year, following the successful 2020-21, 2021-22, 2022-23 programs.

About Our Community Grants Program

Responsible Wood and our certificate holders are committed to supporting sustainable Australian forests and their communities. At Responsible Wood, we believe that communities are stronger, healthier, and happier when they can connect, understand, access, and enjoy their local forests. We want to continue to support building this connection through our Responsible Wood Community Grants Program.

The Responsible Wood Community Grants program supports regional and rural Australian communities in creating and completing local forest-based projects that suit both communities and the forests’ needs. Funding can be used for many different types of forest based projects, and may include; the construction or upgrade of recreational facilities, interpretive signage, forest rehabilitation or habitat improvement projects, bushfire-related commemorations, and forest based art installations and other events.

Responsible Wood encourages groups such as registered charities, Landcare or local environmental organisations, Men’s sheds, locally incorporated groups, sporting clubs, art groups, councils, education institutions, registered bike or bushwalking clubs and or Indigenous organisations to apply with creative ideas about how to better access or enjoy forests and submit a grant application.

The funding available per project is between $2 000 and $15 000 and the applications close on Friday, November 3 2024 with the project to be completed by 31st May 2024.

Application process

To apply for the grant, you need to complete four steps:

  1. Check your eligibility by completing the Eligibility Checklist.
  2. Seek support from your local Responsible Wood certified forest manager or certified Chain of Custody supplier for your project. Click here to search the list of Responsible Wood certified organisations.
  3. If your project is eligible, please download and complete the Application Form.
  4. Submit your application, by emailing both the completed Application Form and the Eligibility Checklist to [email protected] by the 3rd of November 2023.

If you have questions regarding your project application, please review the FAQ and if still unsure, contact Responsible Wood at [email protected]

Previous Grant Recipients

In February 2023 we announced the successful recipients of our Community Grants – you can check out the story here.

You can read about the previous 2021-22 recipients by clicking here.


What are the aims and objectives of the Responsible Wood Community Grants program?

The Responsible Wood Community Grants Program aims to enhance the connection and build positive long lasting relationships with local community groups and their local forests and the forest managers, by

  • Supporting communities undertake projects or activities that better enable physical connection of people and forests or wood products.
  • Providing an opportunity for communities to leverage funding from a variety of sources to complete forest access or timber utilisation projects that otherwise would not be possible.
  • Supporting certified forest growers and chain of custody producers to build their relationships with their local communities.
  • Linking community with Responsible Wood certified forest growers or timber product producers who have Responsible Wood Chain of Custody certification.
  • Providing an opportunity to promote to local communities the value and benefits of sustainably managed certified forests and wood products.
  • Supporting the forest industries through promotion of Responsible Wood certification.

Is there a Key Selection Criteria?

Yes, there is a Key Selection Criteria. It is important that you carefully consider and provide answers to the Key Selection Criteria in your application.

Key Selection Criteria

  • Project idea – What is your idea?
  • What value does your idea bring, to your group and or the wider community?
  • What is the name of the local certified forest that you want to either; access, support, improve or promote?
  • Has the local Responsible Wood certified forest grower or Chain of Custody producer supported this project? If so, please describe their support.
  • Why do you want to undertake this project?
  • Are you able to complete your project by May 31st 2024?
  • Is your project likely to develop any Intellectual property or products?
  • How will you promote the project to your community and beyond?
  • Budget – please list all budget items.
  • Are you working with any other community groups to deliver this project? If so, please describe.
  • Is this grant part of a co-contribution from another funding source, if so, please describe.

How will my application be judged?

The grant will be judged in a competitive process by three leaders in the forest and timber industries. Each judge will assess each application and score them based on how your application meets the Responsible Wood project aims. The scores will be compiled, and the highest-scoring projects will be awarded the grant funding. The judges’ decision is final. The judges will score each application using the following Judging Rubric.

Is there an eligibility checklist?

Yes. Providing a completed signed and dated application checklist is a requirement of the application process. It must be completed and signed by the individual or if an organisation, the organisations president, treasurer or secretary. Click here to download the Eligibility Checklist.

What are the Terms and Conditions of the project?

Successful project applicants will need to accept and abide by the project Terms and Conditions. They are included in the Application Form.

How are any conflict of interests managed?

A judge must disclose any potential conflict of interest when assessing applications to the other judges. The conflict may include a current membership of the group or living/working close to the forests/communities that may benefit.

A judge who declares a potential conflict is excused from assessing that application as well as the group discussion of that applicant. Where this occurs, the final combined score will be based on the average score of the remaining judges and weighted accordingly so that the applicant will not be disadvantaged.

Who owns any Intellectual Property or other property which is created from the prize?

Any intellectual property or other property which is created from the grant will be owned by the project applicant.

Are projects that can attract funding from other sources encouraged?

Yes, projects that can attract a co-contribution are encouraged.

What can’t be funded?

There are a number of items that can’t be funded, and these are included in the Application form.

What happens if I don’t have the support of the local Responsible Wood certified Forest Grower or Chain of Custody certificate holder?

Support from either your local Responsible Wood certified Forest Grower or Chain of Custody certificate holder is one of the Key Selection Criteria and is important and will be included in the judging of your application. For a list of the Forest Growers and Chain of Custody producers, please refer to the Responsible Wood website. We encourage you to get in touch with your local Forest Grower or Chain of Custody certificate holder early in your project planning phase. If you are unsure of who this is, please get in touch with [email protected]

Are there any additional requirements that successful applicants must adhere to?

The successful grant winners will be required to provide evidence of the project’s completion and photographs that can be used by Responsible Wood and the forest growers to promote the project and Community Grants Program through their marketing channels.

Any intellectual property or actual property / items created through the program will remain the property of the group or individual and not Responsible Wood. Responsible Wood will reserve the right to promote the project and market any project outcomes.

Any promotion of the project must acknowledge Responsible Wood and the certified forest grower or chain of custody certificate holder.

Need more information?

If you’d like more information on the Community Grants Program, or to speak with us directly about your project idea or application, please contact us using the form below.

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Successful Grant Recipients Details




Planting Seeds
Installation of nesting boxes in New South Wales primary schools as part of the B&B Highway – Bed & Breakfasts for Birds, Bees and Biodiversity program.
Cumberland, New South Wales
Friends of the Heysen Trail
Friends of the Heysen Trail The restoration of the popular Rossiter’s Hut, a 19th century shepherd’s hut located along the 1,200 km hiking Heysen Trail.
Pewsey Vale, South Australia
Gippsland Forestry Hub
A forestry career pathway program, working with the local education sector and employment agencies to train, up-skill and promote opportunities for employment.
Gippsland, Victoria
Human Projectile MTB Club Inc
Installation of bespoke timber furniture in the popular Fox Creek Bike Park located in the Adelaide Hills.
Adelaide Hills, Adelaide
Green Skills
Improvements to the farm forestry and wetland site at Denmark.
Denmark, Western Australia