Floodplain management grants

The NSW Government's floodplain management grants support local government to manage flood risk.

On 27 October 2016, 43 projects totalling $4.59 million in funding was awarded to local councils and other authorities to undertake priority projects to assess the risks and reduce the impacts of flooding in NSW. On 9 August 2017, a further 28 grants totalling $5.94 million were awarded from the reserve list. The funding for the reserve list projects comes from the Office of Emergency Management and the Commonwealth Government under the National Partnership Agreement on Natural Disaster Resilience. In total, 71 projects were supported in the 2016-17 funding round totalling $10.53 million.

In addition a one off grant was awarded to Wagga Wagga City Council outside of the standard grant process for its Wagga Wagga Main City and North Wagga Levee Construction - Stage 2 for $2,130,007.

How much funding is available?

Assistance provided under the program is usually $2 from government for every $1 provided by the applicant.

Who can apply?

Local councils, county councils or other government bodies with floodplain risk management responsibilities equivalent to those of local councils (such as the Hunter Local Land Services and the Lord Howe Island Board).

What will be funded?

Applications can be made for the following independent project stages:

1 Preparation of a flood study (including data collection)
2 Prepare or review floodplain risk management study and plan
3 Investigation, design and (where required) completion of a feasibility study for works identified in a floodplain risk management plan (this stage must be undertaken for any works projects that are likely to exceed a total project cost of $500,000)

Implementation of actions identified in a floodplain risk management plan, including but not limited to:

  • structural works, such as levees, detention basins, flood gates and improved flow conveyance
  • flood warning systems
  • evacuation management
  • voluntary purchase or house raising

Guidelines, application forms and work plan

StageOpening dateClosing dateForms
16 March 2017 27 April 2017

2017-18 Guidelines for Applicants

(PDF 312KB)

2017-18 Application Form

(DOC 79KB)

New works project ranking form 2017-18

(DOC 73KB)

Preliminary Work Plan

(XLS 30KB)

Guidelines for voluntary house raising schemes

(PDF 111KB)

Guidelines for voluntary purchase schemes

(PDF 111KB)

Funded floodplain management projects

Grant documents (for active grant projects)

Flood grants

Grant management guide Quick Guide to Managing your Grant
Sample Funding Agreement - Floodplain Management Program Sample Funding Agreement
(DOC 168KB)
Sample Funding Agreement - Floodplain Risk Management Grants Scheme Sample Funding Agreement
(DOC 165KB)
Auto-populating Grant Reporting Workbook

(Work Plan, Expenditure Certificate, Milestone Report and Final Report)
Auto-populating Grant Reporting Workbook
(XLS 1.4MB)

Work Plan

must be kept current with OEH throughout project

Work Plan
(XLS 36KB)
Preparing Work Plans guide Guide to preparing Work Plans
Sample Work Plan - Flood Study Sample Work Plan - Flood Study
(XLS 36KB)
Sample Work Plan - Floodplain Risk Management Sample Work Plan
(XLS 36KB)
Sample Work Plan - Investigation and Design Project Sample Work Plan
(XLS 36KB)

Grant Variation Request form

must be approved by OEH Grants before undertaking any changes to your project

Request to Vary Grant
(DOC 69KB)
Expenditure Certificate form Expenditure Certificate
(XLS 98KB)
Milestone Reporting form Milestone Report
(XLS 34KB)
Final Report template Coast, estuary and flood grant final acquittal report
(DOC 219KB)
Annual Milestone Report Template - pre 2012-13 grants only Annual Milestone Report
(XLS 34KB)
Publicity/acknowledgement requirements Publicity requirements

Flood maintenance grants

Document/Page Link

Sample Funding Agreement - Flood Maintenance only

Sample Funding Agreement
(DOC 136KB)

Work Plan - Flood Maintenance only

Work Plan
(DOC 48KB)

Expenditure Certificate form

Expenditure Certificate
(XLS 64KB)

Annual Milestone Report template

Annual Milestone Report
(XLS 35KB)

Grant Acquittal Certificate form

2015-16 Flood Maintenance grants

Grant Acquittal Certificate
(XLS 119KB)

Grant Acquittal Certificate form

2016-17 Flood Maintenance grants

Grant Acquittal Certificate
(XLS 119KB)

Publicity/acknowledgement requirements

Publicity requirements

More information

Contact the relevant office below for more information and technical assistance with your proposal. General inquiries on grants administration should be directed to coastalestuary.floodgrants@environment.nsw.gov.au or Coast, Estuary and Flood Grants Unit on 02 9895 6494.

North Coast 02 8289 6312
Hunter/Lower North Coast 02 4927 3107
Sydney 02 8837 6097
South Coast and Illawarra 02 4224 4153
West and North West NSW 02 6883 5315
Murray/Murrumbidgee 02 6229 7170
North Coast 02 8289 6312
Page last updated: 18 September 2017