Environmental Restoration and Rehabilitation Grants

The Restoration and Rehabilitation grants program is now closed for applications. Applications for the 2020 round are expected to open in the second half of 2019.


To assist community and government organisations to contribute to the ongoing sustainable management and stewardship of significant environmental assets and services in NSW.


Individual grants of up to $100,000 with a total of $2,000,000 for community organisations and $2,000,000 for government entities. 

Who can apply

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


You will need to submit a progress report at the conclusion of each stage of works that aligns with your approved Project Implementation Plan. In addition, you will need to submit a Financial Report.

Grantees should refer to their Grant Agreement for documents and evidence to be submitted in addition to the documents below.


In line with the Trust’s policy of independent evaluations of all its contestable grant programs, the Restoration and Rehabilitation (R&R) program was the focus of an independent evaluation completed in June 2017.

The evaluation was undertaken by Natural Resources Commission who have extensive experience in evaluating government initiatives across a variety of sectors. The evaluation focussed on the delivery of the program, and projects funded by it, between 2010 and 2015.

The evaluation Final Report (and its recommendations) was considered and accepted by the Trust in November 2017. An Administrative Response was also developed to address the issues raised in the evaluation. The Evaluation Report concluded that overall the R&R program is well-run, however, suggested a range of recommendations relating to:

  • program design
  • governance and administration
  • application process and selection of projects
  • communication
  • monitoring, evaluation and reporting.

These reports have been made available through the links below.

Page last updated: 18 February 2019