Grant and loan funding are available to reserve managers to facilitate development and maintenance projects and to improve land and facilities.

Funding is also available for recovery from declared natural disasters. Depending on the purpose and location of a reserve, the following funding sources may be available.

Grant and loan funding

The Public Reserves Management Fund is now known as the Crown Reserves Improvement Fund. While the name has changed, the ability to apply annually for financial support to develop, maintain and improve Crown reserves remains the same.

All Crown land managers are encouraged to apply for this annual grant funding when applications open in early 2019.

The program provides grants and low-interest loans to eligible applicants through a competitive application process.

For further information on the program and updates on current funding rounds go to the Crown Reserves Improvement Fund web page.

Natural disaster funding

The department also administers the Natural Disaster Relief Scheme, which makes funds available to repair, replace or restore public property destroyed or damaged as a result of declared natural disasters.

Grants are made available where the infrastructure and/or facilities involved are regarded as ‘essential public assets’.

Funds for the scheme are made available from the Commonwealth and State Treasury. Crown land managers can contact us for more information on applying for this funding in the event of a natural disaster.

Other funding opportunities

There are a number of other grants programs available outside of the department.

The NSW Government has developed the Community development that offers a comprehensive list of funding opportunities, information on how to write submissions and fundraising ideas.

General information on fundraising is available from the Fundraising ideas website.