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Looking after Country Grant program 2021

This is a preview of the LACGP 2021 - Application Form - Stage 1 form. When you’re ready to apply, click Fill Out Now to begin.


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Important - please read the following information before commencing your application online


Welcome to the Department of Environment and Science's (DES) online grant application service for the Looking after Country Grant program.

The grant program provides funding to First Nations groups to undertake projects that conserve environmental and cultural values on Country.

Please note that the funding is provided through a competitive application process. Each year,  applications are received for many more projects than there are available funds for (with about seven projects funded each year). You are encouraged to put in an application that is as clear and complete as possible, in order to have the best chance of being successful.

A limited number of stage 1 applications will be short-listed by an assessment panel. If your stage 1 application is shortlisted, you will be invited to complete a more detailed Stage 2 application which will again be assessed by a panel, using the assessment criteria listed in the guidelines. 

You are required to read the guidelines before proceeding with your application. 

You are strongly encouraged to save every 5 to 10 minutes to reduce the risk of loss of information.

This is the stage one form. If you're short listed for stage two, you will be provided with advice on progressing an application form.

Stage one applications need to be received by midnight on Thursday 9 August 2021.



If a technical error occurs, staff at SmartyGrants are available and ready to help. Contact them on 03 9320 6888 during business hours or email and quote your application number.


For queries about the guidelines, deadlines, or questions in the form, please contact the program team on 07 3330 5553 or email

If you need more help using this form, download the Help Guide for Applicants or check out Applicant Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)


On the left hand side of every screen, there is a box which links directly to every page of the application. Click the link to jump directly to the page you want.

You can also click 'next page' or 'previous page' on the top or bottom of each page to move forward or backward through the application.


If you wish to leave a partially completed application, press 'save' and log out. When you log back in and click on the ‘My applications’ link at the top of the screen, you will find a list of any applications you have started or submitted. You can reopen your draft application and start where you left off.

You can also download any application, whether draft or completed, as a PDF. Click on the ‘Download’ button at the bottom of the application navigation panel.


You will find a ‘Review’ button at the bottom of the navigation panel. You need to review your application before you can submit it.

Once you have reviewed your application you can submit it by clicking on 'Submit' at the top of the screen or on the navigation panel.  You will not be able to submit your application until all the compulsory questions are completed.

Once you have submitted your application, no further editing or uploading of support materials is possible.

When you submit your application, you will receive an automated confirmation email with a copy of your submitted application attached. This will be sent to the email you used to register.

If you do not receive a confirmation of submission email then your submission has NOT been received. 


A number of people can work on an application using the same log in details as long as only one person is working at a time. Ensure you save as you go.

Please ensure that the person who submits the application is the first point of contact for the application and will be available to respond readily to any questions If this person leaves the organisation it is important that they provide someone else in the organisation with their log in and password details.


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