Protecting our Places grants

The Protecting our Places program is currently closed to applications. Successful grantees from the 2017/18 have been announced (see below).

The Protecting Our Places Program is a contestable grants program for Aboriginal community groups and organisations, seeking to achieve long-term beneficial outcomes for the NSW environment.

Funded by the NSW Environmental Trust, the program encourages and empowers Aboriginal communities to protect, conserve and restore cultural landscapes and waterways that are of importance to local Aboriginal communities.

Aim of the program

The aim of the Protecting Our Places Program is to empower and provide opportunities for Aboriginal organisations to undertake projects that contribute to both ongoing sustainable management of significant Aboriginal cultural landscapes in NSW, and to healthier environments and communities. Through these projects, we aim to develop the project management capabilities of Aboriginal groups and encourage new collaborations and positive relationships with other organisations, government and stakeholders.


The objectives of the Protecting Our Places Program are:

  • To facilitate the sharing and protection of Cultural knowledge with and between Aboriginal groups, government and public stakeholders, to contribute to the improvement and the management of environmental and cultural resources on country.
  • To increase the amount of culturally significant Aboriginal Land protected, restored, enhanced and managed by local Aboriginal groups, land managers and stakeholders and support connection to country.
  • The Protecting our Places program is an appropriate, effective and sustainable mechanism to deliver Government policy, priorities and outcomes.


A total of $700,000 was available for the 2017 round of the Protecting Our Places grants program. This includes:
Grants of up to $65,000 are available over two stages:

  • Stage 1: Planning – up to $10,000 (plus $5,000 for capacity building)
  • Stage 2: Implementation – up to $50,000

Changes to the program

In 2017 the Trust redesigned the Protecting Our Places Program in line with the recommendations of the program evaluation completed in 2016.

The link provided answers some Frequently Asked Questions relating to the redesigned Protecting Our Places Grants Program.



The planning and reporting templates for Protecting Our Places Program grantees are provided below. Go to Grantee planning and reporting for further guidance and information.

Monitoring and Evaluation Plan   Maps out how you will carry out your project.
Project Measures Captures projected and achieved quantitative output data for your Education project.
Progress and Final Report form Communicates your project’s progress (usually annually), and final achievements on project completion.
Financial reporting A financial report is required with each progress and final report, and for budget variation requests.

Example guidelines and application forms

The Protecting our Places program is closed to applications. The forms and documents below are for reference and information only.

Page last updated: 26 February 2018