Coastal and Estuary Grants Program

As part of the coastal reforms a funding package of $83.6 million was announced for Coastal Management from 2016-17 to 2020-21, and the Coastal and Estuary Grants Program is part of this package.

The NSW Government's Coastal and Estuary Grants Program provides technical and financial support to local government to assist in managing the coastal zone. The program's objectives are to support local government in managing the risks from coastal hazards, such as coastal erosion; restoring degraded coastal habitats; and improving the health of NSW estuaries, wetlands and littoral rainforests.

There are currently five streams under the Coastal and Estuary Grants Program: one for planning and studies, which includes investigation and design, and cost-benefit analysis; and four for implementing works identified in certified coastal zone or estuary management plans.

During the 2016-17 financial year, $230,430 in funding was awarded under the planning stream to seven projects.

On 1 March 2017, $1,071,600 in funding was awarded to local councils to implement works identified in certified coastal zone or estuary management plans. In total, 13 projects were supported in the 2016-17 funding round.

Aim of the program

Under the Coastal and Estuary Grants Program, the NSW Government provides technical and financial support to local government, to assist in managing the coastal zone. The objectives of the Coastal and Estuary Grants Program is to support local government in:

  • managing the risk from coastal hazards
  • coastal erosion
  • restoring degraded coastal habitats
  • improving the health of NSW estuaries, wetlands and littoral rainforests.

Who can apply?

  • Local councils
  • Regional Organisations of Councils which manage a grant on behalf of a group of local councils
  • Lord Howe Island Board
  • Local land services, county councils and public land managers (such as a Crown reserve trust or a location-specific NSW Government authority) in partnership with a lead council, providing the council is the principal applicant and assumes overall responsibility for administrating the grant.

What will be funded?

Coastal and Estuary Planning

  • develop a Coastal Management Program (CMP)
  • transition a Coastal Zone Management Plan (CZMP) to a CMP
  • undertake investigations and designs or cost benefit analyses for infrastructure works recommended in a certified CZMP or CMP.

Implementing works

These include:

  • erosion reduction management and beach nourishment
  • actions to reduce future risk from coastal hazards
  • habitat restoration and conservation
  • management and stabilisation of dune systems.

Guidelines and application forms 2016–17

StageOpening dateClosing dateForms
Guidelines     2016–17 Guidelines (PDF 418KB)
Application - Implementing Works 2016-17 Funding Round Closed Closed Implementing Works application form (DOC 127KB)
Application - Coastal and Estuary Planning 5 July 2016 30 June 2017 Coastal and Estuary Planning application form (DOC 121KB)

Funded coastal and estuary grants

Grant documents

Grants awarded pre 2016–17

Coastal Management Program

Successful projects funded by the 2015-16 Coastal Management Program were announced on 25 November 2015. Grants worth $1.5 million were awarded to a total of 16 projects. The reserve list has been activated, taking the total grants awarded to 19 projects totalling $2,629,583. A list of all successful projects can be found on the summary pages below.

Estuary Management Program

Successful projects funded by the 2015-16 Estuary Management Program were announced on 28 October 2015. Grants worth $1.8 million were awarded to a total of 25 projects. The reserve list has been activated, taking the total grants awarded to 30 projects totalling $2,248,584. A list of successful projects can be found on the summary pages below.

More information

Contact the relevant office below for more information and technical assistance with your proposal.

General enquiries 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 East (02) 8289 6312
Hunter/Central Coast (02) 4927 3107
Greater Sydney (02) 8837 6097
South East and Illawarra (02) 4224 4159
Page last updated: 20 March 2017