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Grants and funding

Environmental Trust

The NSW Environmental Trust is an independent statutory body established by the NSW government to fund a broad range of organisations to undertake projects that enhance the environment of NSW. The Trust is empowered under the Environmental Trust Act 1998, and its main responsibility is to make and supervise the expenditure of grants. The Trust is administered by the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH), Department of Premier and Cabinet.

The Trust is chaired by the Minister for Environment. For 2013-14 members are the Director-General of Department of Premier and Cabinet, Chief Executive Officer of the Environment Protection Authority (EPA), representatives from Local Government, the Nature Conservation Council and NSW Treasury.


The objectives of the NSW Environmental Trust are:

  • to encourage and support restoration and rehabilitation projects 
  • to promote research into environmental problems of any kind
  • to promote environmental education in both the public and private sectors
  • to fund the acquisition of land for the national parks estate
  • to fund the declaration of areas for marine parks and for related purposes
  • to promote waste avoidance, resource recovery and waste management (including funding enforcement and regulation and local government programs)
  • to fund environmental community groups
  • to fund the purchase of water entitlements for the purpose of increasing environmental flows for the State's rivers and restoring or rehabilitating major wetlands.

The Trust also reimburses NSW Treasury for approved forestry restructuring payments under the Forestry Restructuring and Nature Conservation Act 1995.

Funding announcements

The Trust recently announced successful applicants for 2013 Eco Schools, Food Gardens in School and Research grants. Details of grants awarded can be accessed by selecting the relevant program from the side menu.

See below for a summary of programs, their current status and amounts being offered in 2014.


Anticipated announcement date

Summary of Environmental Trust Grant Programs


Opening date

Closing date

Funding available

Castlereagh Community (Quarantine) Fund 16 January 2014 Closed$300,000April/May 2014 


17 March 2014

17 April 2014


November 2014

(State and Local Government)

17 March 2014

17 April 2014


Eco Schools

17 March 2014

16 May 2014


November 2014

Food Gardens in Schools

17 March 2014

16 May 2014$70,000November 2014
Lead Environmental Community Groups TBATBA $600,000TBA

Protecting Our Places

17 March 2014

30 May 2014$500,000November 2014


13 January 2014

23 May 2014


November 2014

Restoration and Rehabilitation

August 2014



March 2015

Restoration and Rehabilitation
(State and Local Government)

August 2014

Closed $2,000,000

March 2015

Waste Less Recycle More Initiative

 7 November 2013Closed See specific program May 2014


For further information on any of these programs, select the relevant link above.

For further information on the application process: grant assessment process.

Information on grants awarded in previous years can be accessed by selecting the relevant program from the side menu.

Dissemination program

This program provides funding each year to a number of high achieving, completed projects to extend the learnings and benefits more widely across NSW.

For further information, please contact the Environmental Trust on (02) 8837 6093

NSW Environmental Trust
PO Box 644, PARRAMATTA 2124
Phone: (02) 8837 6093

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Page last updated: 18 March 2014