Crown Reserves Improvement Fund

The start of the Crown Land Management Act 2016 means the Public Reserves Management Fund is now known as the Crown Reserves Improvement Fund.

The fund continues to support Crown reserve managers by providing funding for repairs and maintenance projects, pest and weed control, new recreational infrastructure or environmental initiatives. The funding continues to benefit the community, boost our economy and contribute to the cultural, sporting and recreational life of New South Wales.

2018–19 funding announcement

Successful applicants for the 2018–19 funding round were announced by The Hon Paul Toole MP, Minister for Lands and Forestry on 31 August 2018.

Over $20 million is available to support a wide range of activities to help maintain, protect and improve Crown reserves.

Download the full list of the 2018–19 successful applicants

Letters were sent to both successful or unsuccessful Crown land managers.

Funding offers can be accepted or declined by Crown land managers or appropriate authorised persons by completing the Advice of Acceptance of Grant in the offer letter (Annexure B) by email to or via post.

Grant offers need to be accepted in two months. Please contact the funding team if you do not receive your letter by 1 October 2018.

Guidance documentation

The funding information guide gives an overview of the application process and the program objectives.

The procurement guidelines gives information on acceptable procurement practices when spending public money.

2016–17 PRMFP Yearly Report

The 2016–17 PRMFP Yearly Report is now available. The report shows the financial benefits of the PRMFP and highlights Crown reserves improvement through some case studies.

Terms and conditions

  • Funded projects must be completed in 12 months of receiving the funding.
  • Crown land managers must submit a final report in two months of the project’s completion. Download the latest report template.
  • Acknowledgement of NSW Government funding is a condition of the funding. Refer to the NSW Government funding acknowledgement guidelines to help you decide the best acknowledgement for your project.

Contact and feedback

The funding team welcomes enquiries:

About the program

The Crown Reserves Improvement Fund provides financial support for the development, maintenance and improvement of Crown reserves. Grant and loan funding can be applied for each year when the applications are open.

A number of different activities are funded each year in the following categories:

  • General development, maintenance and protection activities on any eligible reserve
  • Pest and weed projects on Crown land.

The Crown Reserves Improvement Fund is a self-sustaining program that is supported by income generated from loan repayments and interest, leases and licences on Crown land and levies from the operation of coastal Crown caravan parks.

2017–18 program highlights

In 2017–18, through the PRMFP, the government provided funding and loans totalling $14,955,047 for 440 improvements across the state. The funding provided will continue to benefit our community, boost our economy and contribute to the cultural, sporting and recreational life of our region.

Program areaNumber Value $
Local parks & reserves 98 $5,852,211
Showgrounds 38 $2,517,853
Pests & weeds 161 $1,751,640
State parks 6 $1,687,607
DPI - Lands and Forestry 26 $1,093,692
Bushfire 94 $999,982
Tracks & trails various $800,000
School of Arts 10 $167,506
Commons 6 $69,556
Caravan parks 1 $15,000
Total 440 $14,955,047