Australian Marine Parks

The Our Marine Parks Grants Program supports organisations to engage in the management of Australian Marine Parks.

Our Marine Parks Grants – Round Two

The second round of Our Marine Parks Grants is now open.

Would your organisation like to play a role in helping us to look after Australia’s marine environment?

We’re offering grants of up to $500,000 to support innovative and inspiring projects connect Australians to their incredible marine environment, deepen our understanding of marine parks and help us look after these important places.


To find out if your organisation is eligible to apply, read our Grant Opportunity Guidelines.

Your project

In designing your project you should consider how it will directly contribute to the outcomes of our management programs.

We want to support projects that help us deliver marine parks that are healthy, resilient and well managed. This means ensuring that:

  • their natural, cultural, socio-economic and heritage values are understood, appreciated and conserved
  • our parks support jobs and businesses, providing multiple benefits to regional communities and the economy
  • people have opportunities to enjoy our parks
  • visitors and tourists can enjoy world-class nature-based experiences
  • Indigenous people and marine park users are partners in park management.

To ignite your imagination, we have suggested a few project ideas below:

  • Work alongside traditional owners and elders to improve our understanding of cultural, social and spiritual connections with sea country and to build their capacity to take an active role in park management.
  • Design and create immersive video presentations, installations or signage at key locations or attractions (e.g., visitors centres, museums, ferry or cruise ship terminals, look-outs, airports or other key coastal points of interest adjacent to Australian Marine Parks).
  • Connect communities with Australian Marine Parks through hands-on citizen science projects that improve our scientific understanding or provide public outreach opportunities.
  • Build our understanding of habitats, ecological communities and species across Australian Marine Parks and the pressures acting upon them, for example through multi-beam sonar mapping or biological surveys.
  • Address pressures in or adjacent to Australian Marine Parks such as marine debris, ghost nets, water quality and invasive species.
  • Trial innovative and effective new ways of monitoring and understanding the use of marine parks.

This list is not exclusive and there are many other eligible grant projects that could contribute to the outcomes of our management programs.


We look forward to receiving your project ideas!

Apply now

Applications close 11 pm on 28 February 2020.

Past Grants opportunities

Our Marine Parks Grants – Round One

Twelve projects worth $5 million have been selected for funding under the first round of the Australian Government’s Our Marine Parks Grants Program. The grants are to be delivered through fishing industry peak organisations around Australia and will improve the long-term sustainability of fishing in ways that support the objectives of Australian Marine Parks.

The successful grant recipients are:

Find out more about the twelve projects here.