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Grants and funding

On-ground work or research to benefit Queensland National Parks

The National Parks Association of Queensland (NPAQ) is calling for applications for a grant worth $2,000 to undertake national park on-ground work or research. This grant is made possible thanks to a much appreciated bequest from Jim Cuthbertson, and initial matching funding from the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service.

The proposed project must address at least one of the following, listed below in order of priority:

  • improve the conservation value/resilience of one or a number of parks;
  • strengthen the science and evidence base of one or a number of parks or park proposals; or
  • advance community knowledge of, or connection to, Queensland's national parks.

Applicants may be Honours, Masters or PhD students, or volunteers.

Proposed projects shall take no longer than two years. Six monthly progress and a final report are to be provided by the recipient.

Applications will be assessed on:

  • the potential conservation outcome (40%),
  • relevance to current issues and/or the applicant's research (40%), and
  • any additional funding obtained by the applicant (20%).

Please complete the application form available here and return to no later than 5pm on 30 November. Any questions about the grant can be directed to Applicants will be informed of the outcome within one month the grant closing date.

NPAQ is a not-for-profit organisation that advocates for the protection, expansion and appropriate management of Queensland’s national parks, fosters an appreciation and enjoyment of nature, and supports the development and use of scientific knowledge in advancing national parks and nature conservation. 

James Cuthbertson (1912-1993) became associated with NPAQ in the 1940s. He had many interests, including bush walking and native plants, and was an honorary national parks protector. His generosity is much appreciated.

The Don Perrin Environmental Bursary

$2000 study grant available for environmental studies in 2019.

Applications for the 2019 Don Perrin Environmental Bursary are now open.

Don Perrin was instrumental in establishing the Redcliffe Botanic Gardens and continued to be involved in the gardens for more than 30 years.

About the study grant

Moreton Bay Regional Council offers the $2,000 study grant to assist a resident of our region with their tertiary education expenses during their first year of an environmental-based university degree.


The successful applicant will:

  • Reside in the Moreton Bay Regional Council area, and
  • Have graduated from year 12 within the last two (2) years, and
  • Have accepted an offer to study an environmental-based university degree commencing in 2019.

More information:

The Royal Society of Queensland Research Fund

The inaugural round of applications for grants of up to $5000 was announced on 5 June 2018 and closed on 31 July 2018. The Fund aims to support naturalists and early-career researchers in the natural sciences. One grant is available for research relevant to the management of koalas in central Queensland. Click on the Society's Research Fund web-page for further information. The Society has committed up to $5000 for each of 2019 and 2020. Although procedures for 2019 have not yet been announced, it can be expected that applications will close on 31 July 2019.