Coastal and estuary grants

The NSW Government's Coastal and Estuary Grants Program provides technical and financial support to local government to help manage the coastal zone.

We've updated our webpages to make information clearer and easier to find. You'll find information on floodplain management grants on a separate webpage.

Aerial view of estuaries at Kiama. 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.

Funding is available for planning projects that aim to:

  • develop a coastal management program (CMP)
  • transition a coastal zone management plan (CZMP) to a CMP
  • undertake investigations and designs or cost-benefit analyses for infrastructure works recommended in a certified CZMP or CMP.

Funding is available for implementation of actions identified in certified coastal zone management plans or coastal management programs. Projects need to fit into 1 of 4 streams:

  • coastal vulnerability area
  • coastal wetland and littoral rainforest areas
  • coastal environment area
  • coastal use area.

Councils in locations identified as significant open coastal hazards may apply for funding throughout the year for works that cannot wait until the next funding round. Funding is available for works that directly reduce/mitigate coastal hazards related to a significant open coastal hazard site.