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Increasing resilience to climate change

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Increasing resilience to climate change


Round 1: Increasing Resilience to Climate Change

Round 1 applications are now being sought for Increasing Resilience to Climate Change (IRCC) grants being offered by the Office of Environment & Heritage in partnership with Local Government NSW.

Key points:

  • The IRCC grants program is a new $3.6M grants program that will be delivered over a minimum of three rounds that will run between 2017 /18 and 2021/22

  • The IRCC grants program is funded through the Climate Change Fund (CCF) and supports local government organisations improve resilience and adapt to climate change by providing financial support to adaptation projects and programs in the NSW local government sector

  • Local councils can apply for grants of up to $120,000 and joint organisations of councils are eligible for up to $300,000, with a total funding pool of $1,100,000 being offered in Round 1.

  • Round 1 closes Friday 1 March 2019

IRCC builds on the legacy of previous program Building Resilience to Climate Change (BRCC)

From 2013 to 2017, BRCC grants program provided a total of $1.4M to 21 projects involving 96 councils. The IRCC program will build on the legacy of the BRCC program and look to increase the resilience of local council’s assets, infrastructure and services to impacts of climate change.


Grants are open to NSW local government organisations including councils, Regional Organisations of Councils (ROCs), Joint Organisations, County Councils and other council alliances. Collaboration with NSW agencies, Aboriginal Land Councils, business, research and community organisations is encouraged. However, each grant application must be lodged by a local government organisation that will be responsible for administering the grant and being the primary point of contact.

To be eligible for a grant, the proposal must be responding to a previously identified climate change risk or vulnerability. Proposals must cite a:

  • climate change risk assessment, meeting Australian standards (AS/NZS 4360 or ISO 31000), conducted in the fiver years prior to the commencement of the IRCC (i.e. completed or updated after November 2013); or

  • a climate change vulnerability assessment (peer reviewed methodology) conducted in the last five years, which includes participation in cross government Integrated Regional Vulnerability Assessments (IRVAs) or Enabling Regional Adaptation (ERA) projects led by OEH: or, if necessary,

  • provide alternative documentation showing how a climate change risk has been previously identified, that it is still current, and what work has been done to determine the suitability of the proposal as an adaptation project.

Further information

Further information including guidelines for applicants, tips & FAQs and application form is available online at the LGNSW Website

Additional information can be sourced by contacting:

Denise Anderson
Senior Policy Officer - Environment
Local Government NSW
02 9242 4056