Coastal, estuary and floodplain management grants

Coastal and Estuary Management Programs

The NSW Government's Coastal Management Program's primary objective is to provide support to local councils to manage the risks from coastal hazards, such as coastal erosion. A secondary objective of the program is to restore degraded coastal habitats. The NSW Government's Estuary Management Program provides support to councils to improve the health of NSW estuaries. 

The support provided to councils under these programs includes technical and financial assistance to:

  • prepare (or update) coastal zone management plans and associated technical studies (including estuary health and coastal hazard assessments)
  • undertake actions to manage the risks associated with coastal hazards and to protect or improve coastal environments and estuary health.

Grant offers are subject to availability of funds for each financial year and statewide priorities. Funding of up to 50% of a project's costs will normally be offered for successful grant applications.

Coastal management grants

Estuary management grants

Floodplain Management Program

The Floodplain Management Program supports the implementation of the NSW Government's Flood Prone Land Policy as outlined in the NSW Government's Floodplain Development Manual.

The primary objective of the policy is to reduce the impacts of flooding and flood liability on communities as well as the private and public losses resulting from floods, using ecologically positive methods wherever possible.

The government recommends local councils understand and manage their flood risk through the floodplain risk management process as outlined in the manual.

The Floodplain Management Program provides financial support to councils and eligible public land managers to:

  • make informed decisions on managing flood risk by preparing floodplain risk management plans (and associated background studies) under the floodplain risk management process
  • implement floodplain risk management plans to reduce flood risk to both existing and future development, and reduce losses through a range of property, flood and response modification measures as outlined in the manual
  • provide essential information to the State Emergency Service to enable the effective preparation and implementation of local flood plans to deal with flood emergency response.

Assistance under the program is normally offered by the State Government providing $2 for every $1 provided by local councils.

Floodplain management grants

More information

Further information may be obtained by contacting the relevant office listed below. General inquiries on grants administration should be directed to or the Senior Team Leader, Constestable Grants - Coast, Estuary and Flood on (02) 9895 6533.

North Coast (02) 6627 0206
Hunter/Lower North Coast              (02) 4904 2594
Sydney (02) 9895 6471
Illawarra (02) 4224 4153
North West (02) 6701 9624
South Coast (02) 4224 4153
Central/Far West (02) 6883 6503
Murray/Murrumbidgee (02) 6229 7170

Page last updated: 29 January 2016