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Grants and funding

We offer funding opportunities to support and empower people and communities to grow tourism, support community groups, boost regional economies, advance Aboriginal interests, and provide more green open space on Crown land.

Grant funding programs

Our grant funding programs aim to support the NSW Government’s economic recovery plan by stimulating regional economies, increasing local jobs and activation of public spaces to improve tourism and recreational opportunities on Crown land.

Supporting community connections and economic progress are 2 key priorities in our Crown land 2031 State Strategic Plan.

Crown Reserves Improvement Fund

The funding aims to benefit the community, boost our economy, and contribute to the cultural, sporting, and recreational life of NSW.

The CRIF 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.

Our annual Crown Reserves Improvement Fund (CRIF) supports Crown land managers by providing funding for repairs and maintenance projects, pest and weed control, new recreational infrastructure, or environmental initiatives.
Two men bushwalking on coastal track

Other funding opportunities

For more funding opportunities, visit NSW Government grants and Australian Government grants.

Previous grant funding programs

We have delivered millions of dollars in economic stimulus and recovery support for the people of NSW, supporting local communities in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic and in the wake of some of the worst natural disasters in recent years.

View our interactive map to find out about recent projects funded under the Crown Reserves Improvement Fund (CRIF) and other stimulus programs.

Showground Stimulus Funding Program

In 2019/20 and 2020/21, the NSW Government invested $72.4 million in grants to Showground Managers.

The program's outputs included funding for 189 showground sites, 180 of which were in regional NSW and nine in metropolitan Sydney.

To learn more about this program, visit the Showground Stimulus Funding Program.

Greater Sydney Crown Land Open Spaces Activation Program

The NSW Government provided $2.4 million in 2020/21 and a $15 million grant in 2021/22 in funding for the Greater Sydney Crown Land Open Space Activation Program.

The aim of the program is to help provide more quality green public space on Crown land across Greater Sydney.

Find out more about this program visit Greater Sydney Crown Land Open Spaces Activation Program.

Economic Stimulus Grants Program

Throughout 2020/21 and 2021/22, the NSW Government committed to investing more than $65 million in economic stimulus grants to local Council and non-Council Crown land managers, volunteer organisations and business which operate on Crown land, to deliver critical infrastructure projects across NSW.

Case Study: Norah Head Lighthouse

As part of the NSW Governments COVID-19 stimulus funding, the Norah Head Lighthouse received a total of $220,000 to undergo repairs and to build additional structures.

The heritage-listed Lighthouse, built between 1901 and 1903, is a major tourist attraction for the Central Coast. Other than an upgrade of its light from kerosene to electricity in 1961, it has seen few major changes since being first built.

Direct Delivery Economic Stimulus Projects

Throughout 2020-21 and 2021-22, the NSW Government committed to investing over $45 million in funding to deliver a range of capital infrastructure projects on Crown land across NSW.

In the 2020-21 financial year, the Menindee Lakes Caravan Park received more than $575,000 for repair and upgrade work to ensure it can continue to service both locals and visitors to the area.

A $235,000 injection from the COVID-19 stimulus program is being supported by budget allocations from the Department to see more than $575,000 in maintenance and improvement works that have been identified.