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The program supports local councils in managing the coastal environment of New South Wales in a manner consistent with the principles of ecologically sustainable development for the social, cultural and economic wellbeing of the people of the state.
Grant funding enables local councils and communities to prepare coastal management programs and implement actions identified in certified coastal zone management plans or coastal management programs. Grant offers are subject to statewide priorities and the availability of funds each financial year.
This is the final round of the program that funds the implementation of actions in certified coastal zone management plans. Funding is only available for projects where the council accepts the grant funding offer, signs and returns the funding agreement no later than 31 December 2023.
Current funding round
The 2023–24 funding round for the planning stream is open.
Funding for the implementation stream opens 20 July 2023 and closes 5:00 pm 31 August 2023.
Councils may apply for significant open coast hazards location funding for identified sites at any time to implement certified actions that cannot wait until the next funding round.
Who can apply
Local councils, county councils, joint organisations (established under an Act of Parliament) and incorporated Regional Organisations of Councils (ROC).
Where multiple councils are working together within the same coastal sediment compartment or estuary to prepare and implement a coastal management program, one council (county council, joint organisation or incorporated Regional Organisations of Councils) must be the lead agency in terms of signing the funding agreement, managing monies and reporting on the project.
Public land managers (such as a Crown reserve trust or a location-specific NSW Government authority) may apply in partnership with a lead council, providing the council or other eligible organisation is the principal applicant and assumes overall responsibility for administering the grant.
What will be funded
Funding is available under 6 funding streams: a planning stream, 4 implementation streams and one for identified significant open coast hazards locations.
This is the final round of the program that will fund the implementation of urgent management actions in certified coastal zone management plans or their associated sub-plans. Funding for actions in coastal zone management plans is only available for applications submitted by 31 October 2023 and where the council accepts the funding offer, signs and returns the funding agreement by no later than 31 December 2021.