River Connections Grant Program

The new River Connections contestable grants program is now announced. Applications will open Tuesday 30 October 2018 and close on Monday 25 March 2019 at 3pm sharp.


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.


$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 – expression of interest expected to open on Tuesday 30 October 2018 which will call for applications and close on Monday 25 March 2019 3pm sharp.

Stage 2 – full applications expected by mid-2019 from shortlisted applicants who will be invited to submit business plans.

Stage 3 – implementation and evaluation.

Next stage – opening of Stage 1-  Expression of Interest

Regional workshops were conducted in Wagga Wagga, Albury, Tamworth and Dubbo in November 2018 to provide program information to potential applicants and provide an opportunity for these communities to network ideas.

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The call for applications through an expression of interest will provide potential consortia grantees with a 22-week opportunity to prepare and apply.  

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.

Guidelines and application forms

The forms and guidelines below should be used to guide and prepare your 2018 application.

More information

Please contact the Environmental Trust on 02 8837 6093 or email info@environmentaltrust.nsw.gov.au

Page last updated: 01 February 2019