Grants and funding

OEH administers a number of funding programs and initiatives as well as being the recipient of funding for specific projects.

Environmental Trust

The Environmental Trust is an independent statutory body that was established by the NSW government to support exceptional environmental projects that do not receive funds from the usual government sources.

The Aboriginal Land Clean-Up Program supports partnership projects between Local Aboriginal Land Councils and local government that seek to remove illegally dumped waste from Aboriginal owned land whilst incorporating prevention, resource recovery and partnership building initiatives.

Landholder assistance

Assistance with conserving nature for landholders includes voluntary conservation agreements, wildlife refuges and the Land for Wildlife scheme.

Park revitalisation

The NSW Government has committed $38 million for NPWS to invest in the Revitalising Sydney's National Parks Program -- a four-year program which aims to revitalise key visitor destinations in the Blue Mountains, Sydney Harbour, Botany Bay, Ku-ring-gai Chase, Royal, Lane Cove and Georges River national parks.

Coastal, estuary and floodplain management grants

The NSW Government's coastal and estuary grants and floodplain management grants programs support councils in their management of coastal areas, estuaries and floodplains.

NSW Environmental Upgrade Agreements

NSW Environmental Upgrade Agreements allow councils to enter into environmental upgrade agreements with owners of certain buildings and finance providers as a way of funding works to improve the energy, water or environmental efficiency or environmental sustainability of those buildings.

Climate Change Fund

The Climate Change Fund was established by the NSW Government in July 2007 to help households, businesses, community organisations, schools and government to save water, energy and greenhouse gas emissions.


NSW Heritage Grants aims to recognise and protect the state’s most significant heritage places and values to ensure future generations can enjoy them.


Sponsorship provides the NSW Government the opportunity to support organisations and activities that align with its strategic goals. Limited sponsorship opportunities are offered for projects, programs and events that advance the government's goals but are not covered under the various grant programs listed above.

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Page last updated: 16 January 2020