Incentives, funding and scholarships

Expression of Interest for assistance to improve river, native vegetation and pasture health

Hunter Local Land Services is currently seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from landholders for assistance to improve river, native vegetation and pasture health in priority areas of the Lower Hunter, Upper Hunter and Mid Coast districts.

Our main priorities include:
1. Protection and restoration of riverbanks in priority areas
2. Significant threatened native vegetation restoration and enhancement for priority vegetation or in priority areas
3. Threatened species recovery for priority species
4. Grazing or on-farm practices that improve pasture cover, perennial species and nutrient/fertiliser management in priority areas.

Funding is available for eligible landholders, community groups and Aboriginal land managers (such as LALCs) to implement on ground projects to develop natural resource management projects on, private properties. To receive support and determine if your
project is eligible for incentive funding we invite individuals or groups to submit Expressions of Interest.

Expressions of Interest (EOI) will be assessed as they are received against a set of criteria including priority locations, alignment to priority recovery and restoration actions for our programs, and outcomes to improve rivers, native vegetation and pasture health.

Once assessed, individual EOIs that meet the above criteria may be contacted by our staff to arrange property visits to learn more about the proposal, and/ or directly invite EOI submissions to apply for funding via an application process.

To view an interactive map outlining our priority locations for incentive funding please follow this link: Priority Map 

Or you can download a PDF version here.

If your EOI does not meet our objectives at this time, we will also contact you to determine how we can provide other types of assistance to best suit your needs.

The process for submitting an Expression of Interest is as follows:

Option 1: Complete the online Expression of Interest Form (preferred)


Option 2: Download, print and complete the hard copy Expression of Interest Form.

Scan and emailed to: or

Post to Private Bag 2010, Paterson NSW 2421 or

In person over counter at your local office.

Contact your local office for more information on completing your EOI form or contact our support staff:
Anthea Slack - or 0408 563 736


Hunter Local Land Services will be delivering a program for community groups, networks or associations and individuals in building knowledge, skills and participation in land management practices. We encourage landcare groups, schools, industry associations, farmer networks, pest animal networks, aboriginal organisations or other Natural Resource Management or agricultural community organisations to apply.


Hunter Local Land Services is supporting land managers to take the first step towards building drought resilience on their farms. The Agricultural Extension team is delivering a Farm Makeover Incentive Program as part of The Paddock Between the Ears Project. The aim is to show landholders through one small decision to makeover a natural resource on their farm, they can improve drought planning and farm production outcomes.

Landholders can apply for Farm Makeover grants to help fund a small project or ‘doable chunk’ to improve a natural resource asset on their farm.