Floodplain management grants

The NSW Government's floodplain management grants support local government to manage flood risk.

Bridge over riverThe Floodplain Management Program provides financial support to local councils and eligible public land managers to help them manage flood risk in their communities. The program supports the implementation of the NSW Government's Flood Prone Land Policy, which is outlined in the Floodplain Development Manual.

Funding comes from 2 programs, the NSW Floodplain Management Program and the Floodplain Grants Scheme – the latter is funded by Resilience NSW. Support provided under the programs usually involves $2 from government for every $1 provided by the applicant.

Under the 2020–21 funding round, $7,706,916 was awarded to local councils and other authorities to undertake 36 projects to assess the risks and reduce the impacts of flooding in New South Wales.

Current funding round

The 2021–22 funding round is open and closes at 5pm on 18 March 2021.

Who can apply

Local councils, county councils and other government bodies with floodplain risk management responsibilities equivalent to those of local councils, such as the Hunter Local Land Services and the Lord Howe Island Board.

What will be funded

Applications can be made under 4 independent project stages:

Preparation of a flood study, including data collection.
Preparation or review of a floodplain risk-management study and plan.

Investigation, design and/or feasibility study (where required) for works and new flood warning systems identified in a floodplain risk management plan. This stage must be undertaken for all new flood warning systems and for works projects that are likely to exceed a total implementation cost of $500,000 ex GST.

Implementing actions identified in a floodplain risk management plan or have completed the requirements of a Stage 3 project, this includes but not limited to:

  • structural works, such as levees, detention basins, flood gates and improved flow conveyance
  • flood warning systems
  • evacuation management
  • voluntary purchase or house raising.

Online Grants Management System

The Grants Management System (GMS), a customised OmniGrants program, is purpose built to manage the entire grant process online, from application through to final acquittal and evaluation.

It allows you to apply online for grants.

If your funding application is successful, this GMS will be used to lodge documents related to the project such as work plans, variations, progress reports and final acquittal reports.

Log in or register for the GMS

Through the use of the GMS, some personal information will be collected. The Privacy Policy outlines how this information will be managed.

How to apply

The 2021–22 funding round is open and closes at 5pm on 18 March 2021.

Information for new applicants, including guidelines and application forms are available.

Current grant holders

Information for successful applicants and current grant holders, including how to manage and report on your grant, is available.