Environmental Restoration and Rehabilitation Grants

Applications for the 2016/17 Restoration and Rehabilitation grants program have now closed.

The Restoration and Rehabilitation Program is a contestable grants program seeking to achieve long-term beneficial outcomes for the NSW environment.

Funded by the NSW Environmental Trust, the program encourages and enables community and government organisations to protect, conserve and restore our valuable natural environment.

Aim of the program

The aim of the Restoration and Rehabilitation Program is to facilitate projects run by community organisations and government entities working to prevent or reduce environmental degradation of any kind. Through these projects, we also aim to improve the capacity of communities and organisations to protect, restore and enhance the environment.


The objectives of the Restoration and Rehabilitation program are:

  • to restore degraded environmental resources, including rare and endangered ecosystems
  • to protect important ecosystems and habitats of rare and endangered flora and fauna
  • to prevent or minimise future environmental damage
  • to enhance the quality of specific environmental resources
  • to improve the capacity of eligible organisations to protect, restore and enhance the environment
  • to prevent or reduce pollution.


A total of $4 million is available under the 2016-17 round of the Restoration and Rehabilitation grants program. This includes:

  • $2 million for projects by community organisations
  • $2 million for projects by government entities.

Grants of between $5000 and $100,000 are available.

Guidelines and application forms

Before you begin, applicants must read the guidelines, taking note of the submission checklist. 

  • The Application form is an Adobe Smart Form (PDF). You will need Adobe Reader XI to complete the form.  You can download the latest Adobe Reader, which is free. (refer to the tips in the form for use as well).
  • Do not use Acrobat Pro to complete your form as it will not save the document with your typed responses.
  • Open the Application form, complete the questions and then save the document as organisation name only, and application number if more than one application being submitted.
  • You will need to save and name your document each time you close it down.
  • Once saved, the application form can then be emailed as an attachment.


Guidelines and application forms

StageOpening dateClosing dateForms
(one stage process)
15 August 2016 26 September 2016

2016 Program guidelines

(PDF 383KB)


2016 How to guide

(PDF 843KB)

Application budget

(XLSX 443KB)


Application form

(PDF 333KB)

Case studies

A range of case studies from previously conducted Restoration and Rehabilitation projects are available on the Case Studies  page. These projects all have their unique way of assisting to conserve and enhance the NSW environment.

Grants awarded

Under the 2015-16 Restoration and Rehabilitation Program, 56 grants were approved totalling $5,259,111.

  • Community Grants Stream - 24 grants totalling $2,299,529
  • Government Grants Stream - 26 grants totalling $2,426,586
  • Heritage Grants Stream - 6 grants totalling $532,996.

A list of successful projects and their project summaries is available on the 2015 project summary page.

Grants of between $5,000 and $100,000 was available.

2014 project summaries


2013 project summaries


2012 project summaries


2011 project summaries


2010 project summaries


2009 project summaries


2008 project summaries


2007 project summaries


Additional resources and information

In addition to the Program Guidelines and How to Complete your Application Form documents, further information that may be helpful in preparing a Restoration and Rehabilitation project application is available on the Further information sources - Restoration and Rehabiliation Program page, and withing the Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting page.

Environmental Trust
PO Box 644, Parramatta 2124

Phone: (02) 8837 6093
E-mail: info@environmentaltrust.nsw.gov.au

Page last updated: 21 November 2016