The aim of the program is to help:
- manage risks from coastal hazards, such as coastal erosion
- restore degraded coastal habitats
- improve the health of estuaries, wetlands and littoral rainforests across New South Wales.
As part of the coastal reforms, a funding package of $83.6 million was announced for coastal management from 2016–17 to 2020–21. The Coastal and Estuary Grants Program is part of this package.
The program supports coastal and estuary planning projects and the implementation of works identified in certified coastal zone management plans or coastal management programs. Grant offers are subject to statewide priorities and availability of funds each financial year.
In the 2017–18 funding round, $2,666,175 in funding was awarded to local councils to undertake 19 implementation projects. To date, $1,556,100 has been awarded for 19 planning projects.
Current funding round
The 2018–19 funding round for the planning stream is open. Funding for the implementation stream has closed.
Councils may apply for funding throughout the year for works related to sites of significant open coastal hazards that demonstrably cannot wait until the next funding round.
Who can apply
- local councils
- regional organisations of councils, joint organisations, and county councils which manage a grant on behalf of a group of local councils
- local land services, county councils and public land managers (such as a Crown reserve trust or a location-specific NSW Government authority) in partnership with a lead council, providing the council is the principal applicant and assumes overall responsibility for administrating the grant.
What will be funded
Funding is available under 5 funding streams: a planning stream and 4 implementation streams.