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 are:


Building Resilience to Climate Change Grants

This $1 million program is funded through the Office of Environment and Heritage and the NSW Environmental Trust and is administered by Local Government NSW to address identified climate change risks and vulnerabilities facing NSW Local Government.

Community Bush Regeneration Large Project Stream An environmental restoration and rehabiliation program that funds projects that restore or rehabilitate degraded areas; or protect important ecosystems and habitats; prevent or minimise future environmental damage and enhance the quality of specific environmental resources. These projects are run by community groups and are to be sustained over a six year period.
Eco Schools Funds schools so they can involve their students and the community in developing and implementing environmental management projects.
Education Supports projects that increase commitment to protecting the environment and promoting sustainable behaviour.
Lead Environment Community Groups Provides administrative funds for environmental organisations that work with their communities to conserve the environment.
Protecting our Places Supports projects that restore or rehabilitate Aboriginal land or land that is culturally significant to Aboriginal people, or that educate Aboriginal and other communities about the environment.
Research Funds projects managed by research institutions, government agencies and community organisations that research local solutions to environmental problems and ways of operating that are less harmful to the environment.
Restoration and Rehabilitation Funds projects that restore or rehabilitate degraded areas, or protect important ecosystems and habitats, prevent or minimise future environmental damage and enhance the quality of specific environmental resources.
Pollution Clean-up

Two programs which assist with clean-up of emergency pollution, illegally dumped asbestos and orphan waste.

Waste Less Recycle More Initiative Programs run in partnership with the EPA that support new and innovative waste and recycling programs funded by the Waste and Environment Levy. Local government, community groups with the not-for-profit sector, and SMEs will be funded to increase diversion of waste from landfill. 

The following programs are now closed.


Food Gardens in Schools Provides 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

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.

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: 19 April 2016