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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).

The Environmental Trust is chaired by the Minister for the Environment. For 2014-15, 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.

Objectives

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

Funding announcements

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 2015.

 

Summary of Environmental Trust Grant Programs

Program

Opening date

Closing date

Funding available

Anticipated announcement date

Bush Connect 27 April 2015 19 June 2015 $8,000,000  October 2015

Education
(Community)

Closed

Closed

$500,000

November 2015

Education
(Government)

Closed

Closed

$500,000

Eco Schools

2 March 2015

15 May 2015

$150,000

November 2015

Lead Environmental Community Groups Closed Closed  $600,000 TBA

Protecting Our Places

TBA

TBA

TBA

TBA

Research 

Closed

Closed

$1,000,000

November 2015

Restoration and Rehabilitation
(Community)

17 August 2015

25 September 2015

 $2,000,000

March 2016

Restoration and Rehabilitation
(State and Local Government)

17 August 2015

 

25 September 2015

 $2,000,000

March 2016

Saving our Species Partnership Grants Program Closed Closed $10,000,000 TBA

Waste Less Recycle More Initiative

See Specific Program See Specific Program  See specific program TBA

 

For further information on any of these programs, select the relevant link above. For further information on the application process, go to the 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
E-mail:info@environmentaltrust.nsw.gov.au

 

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Page last updated: 28 April 2015