Landcare Riparian Restoration Grants

The $3 million Landcare Riparian Restoration Grants program (formerly Landcare small grants program) will give Landcare and natural resource management groups across regional NSW the opportunity to apply for grants of up to $50,000 to carry out riverbank restoration work.

Waterways across regional NSW have suffered cumulative damage from recent natural disasters and seasonal conditions, such as drought, bushfires and floods.

The program will fund on-ground projects such as riverbank and stream restoration, on-farm erosion works and tree planting, to help mitigate erosion and ensure riverbanks and the wider ecosystems are healthy.

The Landcare Riparian Restoration Grants program is funded through the NSW Government’s $200 million Regional Recovery Package.


Complete your applications here. Applications will close at 5pm, Friday, 3 June 2022.

Grants of up to $50,000 are available per incorporated Landcare or natural resource management group.

Joint submissions between multiple groups will also be considered up to a total value of $200,000. There is a maximum grant allocation of $250,000 per Local Land Services region.

Applicants must meet key eligibility criteria as outlined in the Project Guidelines. Applications will be assessed on merit.

Enquiries and specific questions about the program can be emailed to



Regional NSW refers to all areas of the state outside of metropolitan Greater Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong. A map is available here for further clarification.

A key objective of this grants program is to fund grass-roots projects that will restore and future-proof damaged riparian areas.

Riparian area (also referred to as Zone or Land) - is any land which adjoins, directly influences, or is influenced by a body of water (Land & Water Resources, 1999). Riparian areas include land alongside creeks, streams, gullies, rivers and wetlands.

These areas perform a range of important environmental functions such as:

  • providing bed and bank stability and reducing bank and channel erosion
  • protecting water quality by trapping sediment, nutrients and other contaminants
  • providing diversity of habitat for terrestrial, riparian and aquatic plants (flora) and animals (fauna)
  • providing connectivity between wildlife habitats
  • conveying flood flows and controlling the direction of flood flows
  • providing an interface or buffer between developments and waterways
  • providing passive recreational uses

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