The program aims 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 is available 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.
Current funding round
The 2020-21 funding round for the planning stream is open.
Funding for the implementation stream is open and closes at 5pm on 29 September 2020.
Councils may apply for funding throughout the year for works related to sites of significant open coastal hazards that cannot wait until the next funding round.
Who can apply
- local councils
- joint organisations (established under an Act of Parliament)
- where multiple councils are working together within the same coastal sediment compartment or estuary to prepare and implement a Coastal Management Program, one council (or regional organisations of councils, county council or joint organisation) is required to be the lead agency in terms of signing of the funding agreement, managing monies and reporting on the project
- 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.