Protecting our Places grants

The Protecting of Places program is currently being reviewed by the Trust, following the completion of an independent evaluation. The next round of the program has been postponed until this review has been completed. It is envisaged that the next call for applications will be in early 2017.

The aim of the Protecting our Places program is to protect land that is culturally significant to Aboriginal people and to support education projects about the environment and its importance in Aboriginal life.


The objectives of the Protecting our Places program are:

  • to restore or rehabilitate Aboriginal land or land that is culturally significant to Aboriginal people
  • to educate Aboriginal and other communities about the local environment and the value Aboriginal communities place on their natural environment.

Program Evaluation

In line with the Trust’s policy of independent evaluations of all of its contestable grant programs, the Protecting our Places (POP) program was the focus of an independent evaluation in late 2015.

The evaluation was undertaken by Inca Consulting who have extensive experience in evaluating government initiatives across a variety of sectors, and more importantly, strong credentials in evaluating programs aimed at Aboriginal people and working with Aboriginal communities across NSW. The evaluation focussed on the delivery of the program, and projects funded by it, between 2009 and 2014.

The evaluation Final Report (and its recommendations) was considered and accepted by the Trust in March 2016. An Administrative Response was also developed to address the issues raised in the evaluation. This includes suggested changes to the funding model for the POP program to align it with the recommended approach.

Example guidelines and forms

All applications for funding must be submitted on the relevant application form for that program and for that year. The relevant application form and program guidelines will be available on the webpage while the program is open for applications each year.  

However, for the information of potential applicants, examples of application forms and program guidelines from previous years are available below:

Further information

The information on this page may be helpful in preparing a Protecting our Places program project application.

For more information on the Protecting our Places program you can also contact the Environmental Trust's Aboriginal Programs Officer on (02) 8837 6399.

Phone:   (02) 8837 6093

Page last updated: 20 October 2016