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Coastal and estuary grants

The NSW Government's Coastal and Estuary Grants Program underpins the implementation of the coastal management framework and supports local councils and communities to achieve the state’s long-term vision for the coast.

 

We've updated our web pages to make information clearer and easier to find. You can find information on floodplain management grants on a separate page.

The program supports local councils in managing the coastal environment of New South Wales in a manner consistent with the principles of ecologically sustainable development for the social, cultural and economic wellbeing of the people of the state.

Grant funding enables local councils and communities to prepare coastal management programs and implement actions identified in certified coastal zone management plans or coastal management programs. Grant offers are subject to statewide priorities and the availability of funds each financial year.

This is the final round of the program that funds the implementation of actions in certified coastal zone management plans. Funding is only available for projects where the council accepts the grant funding offer, signs and returns the funding agreement no later than 31 December 2023.

Current funding round

The 2023–24 funding round for the planning stream is open.

Funding for the implementation stream closed on 31 August 2023.

Councils may apply for significant open coast hazards location funding for identified sites at any time to implement certified actions that cannot wait until the next funding round.

Who can apply

Local councils, county councils, joint organisations (established under an Act of Parliament) and incorporated Regional Organisations of Councils (ROC).

Where multiple councils are working together within the same coastal sediment compartment or estuary to prepare and implement a coastal management program, one council (county council, joint organisation or incorporated Regional Organisations of Councils) must be the lead agency in terms of signing the funding agreement, managing monies and reporting on the project.

Public land managers (such as a Crown reserve trust or a location-specific NSW Government authority) may apply in partnership with a lead council, providing the council or other eligible organisation is the principal applicant and assumes overall responsibility for administering the grant.

What will be funded

Funding is available under 6 funding streams: a planning stream, 4 implementation streams and one for identified significant open coast hazards locations.

This is the final round of the program that will fund the implementation of urgent management actions in certified coastal zone management plans or their associated sub-plans. Funding for actions in coastal zone management plans is only available for applications submitted by 31 October 2023 and where the council accepts the funding offer, signs and returns the funding agreement by no later than 31 December 2021.

Planning stream

Funding is available for planning projects that aim to:

  • develop a coastal management program (CMP)
  • transition a coastal zone management plan (CZMP) to a coastal management program
  • investigate and design coastal and estuary management activities recommended in a certified coastal management program only.
Implementation streams

Funding is available for implementing actions identified in certified coastal zone management plans or coastal management programs and for exempt activities (see guidelines). Funding is available in streams 2 to 5 based on the following 4 coastal management areas identified in the Act:

  • coastal vulnerability area
  • coastal wetlands and littoral rainforests areas
  • coastal environment area (land containing coastal features)
  • coastal use area (land where development may be carried out).
Significant open coast hazards location

Councils with a certified coastal management program or a coastal zone management plan for a location listed as a significant open coast hazards location are able to apply for funding for works at any time to implement actions that cannot wait until the next funding round. Funding is to support the immediate implementation of actions following a significant erosion event or coastal inundation emergency for an identified location.

Online Grants Management System

The Grants Management System (GMS) is purpose-built to manage the entire grant process online, from application to final acquittal and evaluation.

It allows you to apply online for grants.

If your funding application is successful, this Grants Management System will be used to lodge documents related to the project, such as work plans, variations, progress reports and final acquittal reports.

Log in or register for the GMS

Through the use of the GMS, some personal information will be collected. The Privacy Policy outlines how this information will be managed.

How to apply

The planning stream for the 2023–24 funding round is open.

The implementation stream for the 2023–22 funding round is closed.

Information for new applicants, including guidelines, are available.

Current grant holders

Information for successful applicants and current grant holders, including how to manage and report on your grant, is available.

Contact us

Coast, Estuary and Flood Grants Branch

Phone: 02 9895 6494

Email: [email protected]