Grants programs

The NSW Environmental Trust offers a range of grant programs.  These programs fund projects that rehabilitate or regenerate the environment, or promote environmental education and sustainability.

Current programs

Closed programs

The following programs are closed.

Bush Connect

Bush Connect was a one-off contestable grants program seeking to achieve long-term outcomes for the NSW environment within the Great Eastern Ranges (GER) corridor. The program sought partnerships between community and government organisations to protect, conserve and restore the natural environment within the GER corridor.

Community Bush Regeneration Large Project Stream

An environmental restoration and rehabilitation program that is funding projects that are restoring and rehabilitating degraded areas; or protecting important ecosystems and habitats; preventing or minimising future environmental damage and enhancing the quality of specific environmental resources. These projects are run by community groups and are being delivered over a six-year period.

Food Gardens in Schools

Provided learning opportunities for students, teachers and other members of the school community about healthy sustainable living through growing and harvesting food in school gardens. Projects implementing Food Gardens in Schools are now eligible to apply under the Eco Schools Program.

Riverina Red Gum Regional Employment and Community Development Fund

The program aimed to support initiatives that maximised economic and social development opportunities that would be of broad benefit to the community of the NSW Riverina. The program was designed to benefit residents, businesses and workers in the local government areas of Balranald, Deniliquin, Murray, Conargo, Wakool, Berrigan and Murrumbidgee.

This $12 million program was part of the Government's $97 million support package for timber industry workers and regional communities affected by the establishment of the River Red Gum protected areas in the Riverina.

Saving our Species Partnership Grants

The Saving our Species (SoS) Partnership Grants program is a contestable grants program seeking to achieve long-term outcomes for threatened species in NSW. The program encouraged partnerships between government, the community, non-government organisations and industry to protect and conserve our most vulnerable plants and animals. Partnerships facilitated by the program are collaboratively implementing on-ground actions and monitoring actions consistent with threatened species conservation projects developed by the SoS Program. This program covers three principal funding activities including:

  • Round 1: Site Managed Species (2014-15)
  • Data-deficient Species Research (2015)
  • Round 2: Landscape Managed Species (2015-16).

Urban Sustainability

The Urban Sustainability Program aimed to facilitate projects of significant environmental benefit to NSW, delivered by local government organisations in partnership with other government agencies, local businesses, community organisations and householders. Through these projects, the Program also aimed to improve the capacity of communities and organisations to protect, restore and enhance the sustainability of our urban environment.

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Page last updated: 29 June 2017