Current coastal and estuary grants

Details about coastal and estuary management grants for the 2020-21 funding round and information for applicants.

The main aim of the Coastal and Estuary Grants Program is to manage risks from coastal hazards, restore and maintain coastal habitats and improve the health of estuaries, wetlands and coastal rainforests in New South Wales.

2020–21 funding round

Funding stream Status Opening date Closing date
Planning Open 11 August 2020 30 June 2021
Implementation Open 11 August 2020 29 September 2020
Significant open coastal hazards Open 11 August 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

Information for new applicants

Stream 1: Coast and estuary planning

Applications will initially be checked to confirm eligibility; correct categories are selected and completeness.

Ineligible or incomplete applications will not be assessed.

Where applicable, an application may be moved to more appropriate program streams.

Applications will be assessed against the following:

  • council has demonstrated the need and importance for the project
  • the method proposed to undertake the work is sound
  • the project is value for money/reasonable cost (compared to similar projects).

The assessment is conducted by Department technical specialists and the Principal Coastal Specialist or Principal Estuary Specialist. A numerical scoring system is used in the evaluation of applications against the above criteria and an overall statement is made on each application.

For projects that involve cost benefit analysis and/or distributional analysis the Department's Data, Economics and Analytics Branch provides an additional recommendation on the relevant applications.

Streams 2 to 5: Implementing actions and Significant Open Coast Hazards

Applications will initially be checked to confirm eligibility and completeness. Ineligible incomplete or late applications will not be assessed.

Applications will then be assessed by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment technical specialists and an independent panel, which includes experts and stakeholder representation, against assessment criteria to prioritise applications on a statewide basis.

The applications will be assessed using the criteria listed below:

  • action is identified in a certified Coastal Zone Management Plan/Coastal Manangement Program (except for exempt activities)
  • the project aligns to statewide and this grant program's priorities and objectives
  • the project meets one or more of the management objectives for the relevant coastal management area
  • the council can deliver the project, regarding their past grant management history (if a council has a poor grant delivery history, additional conditions may be added should the application be successful), available resources and the proposed timeframe
  • council commitment to maintaining works in a condition suitable to meet its design intent for the design life
  • the extent to which the project cost-effectively addresses one or more of the program stream objectives
  • technical feasibility and implementation of best practice
  • the level of State or regional significance, including the immediacy of any threats
  • the environmental benefit of the project.

A numerical score will be given to each application by Department technical specialists and each member of the panel, based on how it addresses the above criteria.

The State Assessment Panel consists of a Department representative as Chair and 7 stakeholders/independent technical experts. The Chair brings forward the collective Department opinion, including the technical specialists and the executive. The Chair is not a voting member of the Panel, though the Panel should consider any information provided by the Chair.

Note: An application will be awarded a reduced ranking if it is not well thought out, has unclear objectives or outcomes, will only partially achieve program objectives or does not meet funding priorities.

Region Phone number
North East 02 8289 6318
Hunter/Central Coast 02 4927 3248
Greater Sydney 02 8837 6343
South East and Illawarra
02 4224 4153