Grants for local environmental projects

Grants available for local environmental projects

Member for Ballina Tamara Smith is encouraging community groups and councils to apply for the NSW Government's 2018 Restoration and Rehabilitation Grants Program.

"The aim of these grants is to protect and restore ecosystems and care for the habitats of rare and endangered plants and animals.

“The grants deliver funding to local grassroots environmental projects to protect and restore a wide range of environments.

"Community groups, not-for-profit and government entities such as Councils are all encouraged to apply,” said Ms Smith.

The program is now in its 20th year and is one of the longest running in Australia.

It has helped community groups, landholders, local councils and government agencies improve water quality, restore habitats for native and endangered species and rehabilitate wetland areas.

Applications close Monday, 26 March 2018.

Full information can be found at

Examples from the 2016-17 Restoration and Rehabilitation grants program include:

Ballina Shire Council
Reinstating coastal EEC and protecting a cultural site, East Ballina $98,500

Byron Shire Council
Byron habitat corridors - ensuring a future for threatened fauna  $99,850

Big Scrub Rainforest Landcare Group
Enhancing remnants, linkages and corridors across the Big Scrub $100,000

Brunswick Valley Landcare 
Simpsons Creek Koala Corridor- restore, enhance and connect - stage 1 $94,400

Goonengerry Landcare Group
Restoration and rehabilitation project  $92,450