Funding Program 4: Implementation of a Coastal Hazard Adaptation Strategy (CHAS), under QCoast2100 2.0, will provide funding through a grant program to support implementation actions recommended in a CHAS through coastal hazard adaptation implementation projects. 

The first stage of the program is a call for expressions of interest for projects that meet the selection criteria. An expressions of interest approach provides a quick and low-cost way to present a project for funding consideration. Projects that demonstrate innovative solutions, nature-based approaches and benefit to other councils are encouraged so as to maximise the benefit of available funding.

Program objective

The objective of the program is to assist councils to commence implementation of adaptation actions identified in a CHAS developed under the QCoast2100 program, with a focus on projects that:

  • demonstrate innovative and cost-effective solutions 
  • emphasise nature-based solutions that preserve the natural character of the coast
  • benefit other councils across the State through joint projects, shared learnings or actions that can inform or provide leading practice examples for other councils
  • provide leverage for QCoast2100 funding through partnerships, joint projects, and high co-contributions

Eligible councils 

To be eligible to apply, councils must:

  • have developed a CHAS through the QCoast2100 program, which has been endorsed or adopted by the council; and
  • commit to providing a funding co-contribution

Any applications that don’t meet these criteria must be discussed with the Program Manger and approval will be at the discretion of the QCoast2100 Board.

Eligible projects

Projects must be:

  • related to the actions or recommendations in a CHAS or in the Implementation Plan forming part of a CHAS
  • expected to be able to gain development approval requirement under relevant legislation, if required
  • identified in a CHAS under development, where a critical need is identified for immediate implementation

Projects may include, but are not limited to:

  • works or planning for defence of assets and the community from coastal hazards
  • nature based solutions to address emerging coastal hazards or improve resilience, e.g.  beach nourishment, mangrove restoration, wave, and current attenuation
  • evaluation of new approaches and designs to inform future works
  • community engagement work to refine CHAS actions especially where communities are facing short term hazard threats and solution development is complex or contentious
  • tenure transition and the asset relocation plans or actions; or
  • monitoring or data collection programs which support trigger-based CHAS actions

Project assessment criteria

The Project Team and the QCoast2100 Board will assess applications against the following assessment criteria, meeting multiple criteria will be of benefit in project assessment:

  1. Progresses actions in a CHAS ‘Recommendation’ or ‘Implementation Plan’
  2. Provides a benefit of asset protection and community safety from coastal hazards
  3. Demonstrate innovative design or new concepts in adaptation
  4. Demonstrates efficiency in the application of QCoast2100 grant funding through, for example, high co-funding contribution, increased funding contribution through partnerships or it is demonstrated that early adoption will lead to future cost savings
  5. Adopts ‘nature based’ solutions that maintain the natural character and processes of the coast as opposed to hard engineering solutions such as seawalls
  6. Supports the community to progress solutions including through bespoke engagement and planning for communities at near term risk
  7. Commences a pathway for other sequential adaptation projects; or
  8. Provides a benefit to other councils in term of shared learnings, demonstration of new or novel approaches and transferrable solutions.

Application Process

The program is a competitive grant funding program. Councils that meet the eligibility criteria are invited to provide an Expression of Interest (EOI) application for project funding by 25 February 2022. EOI will be assessed, and preferred projects will be invited to submit a full application.

The application and assessment process are described below:

  1. Councils are invited to submit an EOI 
  2. EOI’s reviewed by the Project Team and presented to the QCoast2100 Board to approve shortlist of projects for further development.
  3. Project Team works with the shortlisted councils to prepare and submit a full funding application.
  4. Applications presented to the QCoast2100 Board to approve the projects to be funded.
  5. Project agreement outlining agreed project deliverables drafted and signed and the project commences.
  6. Grant funding is paid throughout the project, or as agreed upon the successful completion of deliverables
  7. Project completion and acquittal report submitted to LGAQ by 31 May 2023

Should additional funding become available, previously unsuccessful applications may be considered or a new round of applications may be open to councils.

The Project Team may seek technical assessment from the QCoast2100 expert panel at any phase of the above process.

Download the EOI template

Project management and reporting

Councils will be required to set milestones for the project and provide progress updates throughout the project.

A final report and acquittal for the projects will be required by the project completion date.

Progress updates may be based on:

  • milestones included in individual applications; and/or
  • monthly activity

The final report will summarise outcomes of the complete project while the acquittal will summarise administrative / financial details of the project.

Project key dates

The closing date for submitting an Expression of Interest is 25 February 2022

This funding program’s completion date is 31 May 2023. All project deliverables must be completed and acquitted by this date.