River Connections Grants Program

River Connections will co-fund large scale, long-term collaboration and partnerships to tackle river and aquatic degradation at the landscape scale.

Applications closed on Monday 25 March 2019. Stage 1 applications are currently being assessed.

Purpose

To assist community and government organisations to contribute to new approaches to integrated river management that can deliver improved health outcomes for inland rivers at a landscape scale in NSW.

River Connections will co-fund large scale, long-term collaboration and partnerships to tackle river and aquatic degradation at the landscape scale. Projects will investigate and analyse the barriers, threats and opportunities to integrated river management, identify and include diverse user values and trial new innovative approaches and/or techniques to river management that can deliver improved river health outcomes.

Funding

$10 million over 11 years contestable grants program that will provide grants to consortiums.  It is expected the funding will value add to existing activities and significantly leverage existing co-contributions. To maximise the impact and longevity of the program, it is expected only one or two large scale projects, at landscape scale will be funded.

Who can apply?

Community groups and organisations, incorporated associations, non-profit organisations, non-commercial cooperatives, Trusts and government entities.

What is the timing of the program?

The program will be delivered in three stages.

Stage 1 – closed on Monday 25 March 2019.

Stage 2 – full applications expected by mid-2019 from shortlisted applicants who will be invited to submit business plans. Applications will be assessed by the Environmental Trust’s Aquatic Subcommittee with shortlisted applicants having access to seed funding grants of up to $30,000 at the end of Stage 1 to support the development of detailed business plans in Stage 2.

Stage 3 – implementation and evaluation.

Regional workshops were conducted in November 2019 at Wagga Wagga, Albury, Tamworth and Dubbo to provide program information to potential applicants and provide an opportunity for these communities to network ideas.

Guidelines and application forms

This program is now closed for applications. The forms and guidelines below are for information only.