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Grants & Awards

Apr 30

Flying Fox Grants Program - Streams 1 & 2

Applications are invited for grants to assist councils to manage flying fox camps in their area. This $1 million program is funded through the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) and is administered by Local Government NSW.

Funding is available under three streams:

Stream 1 – Implementing emergency flying-fox camp management measures where there are significant community impacts.

·         Funding available: $0.5 million

·         Maximum grant size: $50,000

·         Applications can be made from 16 June 2016 up until 30 April 2017 and will receive funding if they are for eligible activities and meet the assessment criteria (subject to funding availability).

Stream 2 – Preparing flying-fox camp management plans.

·         Funding available: $0.2 million

·         Maximum grant size: $15,000

·         Applications can be made from 16 June 2016 up until 30 April 2017 and will receive funding if they are for eligible activities and meet the assessment criteria (subject to funding availability).

Grants are open to NSW Local Government organisations including Councils, County Councils and Regional Organisations of Councils (ROCs). Collaboration with other partners are encouraged, particularly where multiple camps are involved or the camp occurs across tenures.

Proposals require matching funds or in-kind contributions on a 1:1 basis. Proposals with higher matching cash contributions may be more competitive in the assessment process.

Streams 1 & 2 are open 16 June 2016 to 30 April 2017

All details in applying available at:

Mar 28


The $297.7 million Building Better Regions Fund supersedes the previous National Stronger Regions Fund. Running over four years, and only available in rural, regional and remote communities. 

This program provides funding for infrastructure projects and community investment that will create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future. Both streams will open on 18 January 2017. The Infrastructure Projects Stream will close at 5pm local time on 28 February 2017 and the Community Investments Stream will close at 5pm local time on 31 March 2017. 

An information session will be held at Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo on 31 January at 10.30am.



NSW Environmental Trust - Environmental Education Grants
Apr 10

NSW Environmental Trust - Environmental Education Grants

Environmental Education grants - now open to expressions of interest

The Trust is now calling for expressions of interest to the Environmental Education grants program. 

This year’s program will offer grants of between $10,000 and $100,000 for projects between 2 and 3 years in length. Grants are available for community organisations, non-profit organisations and government authorities to support educational projects that develop or widen the community's knowledge of, skills in, and commitment to protecting the environment. Projects will need to show collaboration and will need to result in a measurable tangible environmental outcome.

Expressions of Interest are due by Monday 10 April 2017.

Application materials

Guidelines, application forms and a range of resources are available on the Trust's website:


Contact the Trust Administration on (02) 8837 6093 or email

To find out about other grants programs delivered by the Environmental Trust, please visit the Trust website:

NSW Environmental Trust
PO Box 644, Parramatta NSW 2124
(Level 4, 10 Valentine Avenue, Parramatta NSW 2150) 
Phone 02 8837 6093
Fax 02 9895 6548

The NSW Environmental Trust is administered by the Office of Environment and Heritage

Small Grants for Rural Communities - Round 31
Mar 31

Small Grants for Rural Communities - Round 31

Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal are offering grants of up to $5,000 for projects and activities that offer clear public benefit for communities in rural, regional or remote Australia.  Priority is given to communities of 10,000 or fewer.

The program has the flexibility to address issues that make a difference to the sustainability of rural, regional and remote communities including projects that address the following:

  • Strong Leadership & Community Capacity: Investing and developing leadership, skills and capacity of individuals and organisations, enhancing inclusion and strengthening culture.
  • Sustainable Community Infrastructure: Projects focusing on improving local infrastructure, creating places which enable communities to connect and grow their identity.
  • Equitable Access to Opportunities: Ensuring equitable access to quality services and opportunities in the areas of culture, arts, education, health, wellbeing, communications, transport, food and the environment.
  • Vibrant Local Economies: Projects that enhance a sustainable economy, providing jobs, growth and wealth for the community.

For further information including the Program Guidelines and Application Form, please see the FRRR Website

Council Roadside Reserves Project
Apr 27

Council Roadside Reserves Project

The Council Roadside Reserves (CRR) Project is a three-year project funded by the NSW Environmental Trust and managed by LGNSW.  This project will provide $1.46 million in funding to NSW local councils through a contestable grants process to be implemented over 2017-2019.


The CRR Project has been established to build the capacity of councils to enable values of natural assets in roadside reserves to be embedded into the integrated planning and reporting systems of councils.

Council Roadside Environmental Management Framework  

LGNSW has developed the Council Roadside Environmental Management Framework (CREMF) which aims to streamline roadside environmental management in councils.

Grants are available for councils to be part of the statewide pilot program to trial the framework concepts to improve the management and long-term environmental value of their roadside reserve assets.  

Consultation with councils highlighted challenges to the long-term management of roadside environments. This new framework aims to embed roadside environmental management into a council's Integrated Planning and Reporting (IP&R) framework and includes resources and tools to assist councils in the process.

How will implementing the framework assist councils?

The framework looks at councils' many complex road responsibilities holistically and aims to support councils in NSW to navigate complex legislation, meet regulatory requirements, minimise risk and make the process of improving roadside environments more efficient and cost effective.  Embedding roadside environmental management within IP&R has the benefit of streamlining the process by linking it with existing planning, reporting and asset management systems.

The framework provides tools to help councils assess and improve the value of roadside reserves.  It includes innovative solutions to manage roadside reserves as part of councils existing built assets and infrastructure processes. 

Apply for a grant 

Introduction to the CRR grants

For a brief overview of the available grants read Introducing the Council Roadside Reserves Environment Grants (PDF, 1.8MB).

How much is available?

A total of $1.46 million in funding is available to NSW local councils. Councils can apply for up to $50,000. Newly amalgamated councils will be able to apply for up to $80,000 in grant funding in recognition of the larger areas and the need to integrate systems.

Grants of up to $100,000 are available for projects involving two or more councils.

A competitive grant assessment process will be undertaken to determine successful applicants. 

How do I apply?

Refer to the Guidelines for Applicants and submit an application online. 

Attend an information session

LGNSW will hold grant overview sessions to provide councils with details on applying for grants and to introduce councils to the Council Roadside Environmental Management Framework (CREMF).

Sessions will be held in the following locations:

Hunter - 27 March

Albury - 30 March

Armidale - 4 April

Dubbo - 5 April

Register for an information session.


Applications due 27 April 2017.

Projects are expected to commence by 1 June 2017 and have a maximum of twenty (20) months.

All projects must be completed by 28 February 2019.

This project has been assisted by the NSW Government through its Environmental Trust. 

Regional Growth – Environment and Tourism Fund
Apr 6

Regional Growth – Environment and Tourism Fund

Established under the NSW Government’s Rebuilding NSW Program, the Regional Growth – Environment and Tourism Fund (RGETF) aims to increase tourist visitation by investing in regional environment and tourism infrastructure, particularly focusing on assets that will grow and further diversify NSW regional economies.

We have committed $300 million to the RGETF, with up to $100 million available in the first round of funding.

Expressions of Interest

We are inviting Expressions of Interest (EOIs) for funding from government, local councils, Aboriginal Land Councils and other Aboriginal groups, community groups and non-government organisations.

Applications  should clearly identify eligible environment and tourism infrastructure projects in regional local government areas (LGAs) that have the potential to create new jobs and regional growth from increased tourist visitation.

How can my organisation apply?

Eligible applicants should review the RGETF guidelines and ensure they meet all the program criteria before submitting an application.

Closing date

Completed application forms and all supporting material must be lodged with Infrastructure NSW by 6 April 2017.

Public Reserves Management Fund Program
Mar 24

Public Reserves Management Fund Program

The Public Reserves Management Fund Program (PRMFP) provides financial support for the development, maintenance and improvement of public reserves.Grant and loan funding can be applied for through the (PRMFP).

The PRMFP funds a diverse range of activities each year in the following categories:

  • General development, maintenance and protection activities on any eligible Crown reserve.
  • Pest and weed projects on Crown land.

The PRMFP is a self-sustaining program that is supported by income generated from loan interest, leases and licences on Crown land.


Managers of any NSW Crown reserve, as well as freehold showgrounds and schools of arts, may be eligible to apply for funding. Third party organisations can also apply for funding, but must obtain a letter of authority from the reserve manager supporting their application.


2017-18 Public Reserves Management Fund Program – Now Open

The 2017-18 Public Reserves Management Fund Program (PRMFP) funding round is now open.

  • Applications will be accepted from 9am on Monday 20 February 2017.
  • Applications must be submitted by 5pm on Friday 24 March 2017 (no extensions will be given).

Applications will be accepted through the Crown Reserves Reporting System.  Detailed instructions to assist in making an application including how to login to the online application form are available below.


Please note that guidance documentation has been updated from previous rounds. Please ensure that you review these documents prior to commencing an application.


PRMFP funded projects must be completed within 12 months of receiving the funding.

Reserve managers are required to submit a final report within 2 months of the project’s completion. Please download the latest report template (PDF, 82.36KB).


Reports which provide an overview of the Program and its achievements each financial year are available as follows.


For general enquiries relating to the PRMFP please contact the team on 1300 886 235 (option 7) or  We are here to help.


The PRMFP team appreciates your feedback to improve our program and the services we provide. Please complete a short survey on the 2017-18 PRMFP application process.