Step 4. What region, issues and people do you want to focus on?

Giving Green: Guide to grantmaking

This is step 4 of 10 of the Giving Green grantmaking guide. For a hard copy of this guide, email

It’s now useful to think of an issue and/or region in which you are interested.

Or it might be that you have a specific group of people in mind. At this stage, the scale doesn’t matter: it could be a national issue or confined to your local neighbourhood; you may want to focus on a whole region such as northern Australia or a single species like the numbat or a particular group of people like youth. You may have already articulated this in Step 3 because it is something about which you are passionate.

What is important is that you decide on something and make this explicit. See below for examples of issues. Alternatively, you might be interested in people and how they are affected by environmental issues.


The environment and issues you can fund can be categorised into the following:

The above links contain an overview of each issue, followed by a downloadable PDF covering each issue in more depth.

For each issue, the AEGN is progressively developing grantmaking frameworks to help you develop an effective approach, and funding tables that break down each issue and suggest actions that funders can take. View an overview of the resources currently available on the nine environmental themes.

What groups of people might you fund?
  • Youth
  • Australians living in rural and regional areas
  • The sick and elderly
  • Those suffering the burden of poverty and other forms of social disadvantage
  • School children
  • Farmers
  • Scientists
  • Volunteers
  • Activists
  • Media
  • Environmentalists
  • Indigenous Australians
  • Women’s groups
  • People with disabilities
  • Migrants
Worksheet questions
  1. Summarise the region and/or issues you want to focus on.
  2. Are there particular groups of people you would like to assist or fund?

Download and print out a copy of the  pdf icon Worksheet (PDF 123kb).

Proceed to Step 5.