Crown Reserves Improvement Fund

The Crown Reserves Improvement Fund Program (CRIFP) supports Crown land managers (CLMs) by providing funding for repairs and maintenance projects, pest and weed control, new recreational infrastructure or environmental initiatives. The funding aims to benefit the community, boost our economy and contribute to the cultural, sporting and recreational life of NSW.

2020-21 funding round has now closed

The 2020-21 funding round closed on 10 July 2020.

2020-21 funding round guidance documentation

  • The funding information guide gives an overview of the application process and the program objectives. It is essential that you read the guide before submitting an application.
  • The application instructions guide you through the registration, logon and each stage of the application process.
  • Consult the frequently asked questions for a number of responses to the questions you may have about the program.
  • The assessment and eligibility criteria checklist is provided for applicants to use as a guide to ensure any application submitted funding is relevant, eligible and addresses all appropriate criteria. Please note that this is a supporting tool and does not have to be submitted with applications.
  • You must agree to the terms and conditions of the funding program before submitting an application.

About the program

The CRIFP 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 CRIFP 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.

With the commencement of the Crown Land Management Act 2016 on 1 July 2018, the Crown Reserves Improvement Fund replaced the Public Reserves Management Fund.

Terms and conditions of acceptance of funding

  • Funded projects must be completed within 12 months of receiving the funding.
  • CLMs must submit a final report within two months of the project’s completion. Download the latest report template.
  • The procurement guidelines provide information on acceptable procurement practices when spending public money.
  • 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.

2019-20 funding round

Successful applicants for the 2019–20 funding round have been announced by Minister Stokes and Minister Pavey in October 2019.  A summary of the funding is available below or download the full list of the 2019-20 successful applicants

2019 - 20 program summary

In 2019-20, $16.5 million is being invested across the state through the Crown Reserves Improvement Fund on 345 separate projects to maintain and upgrade facilities and reserves on government-owned land. 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 areaNumberValue $
Local parks & reserves924,983,180
State parks5246,267
Caravan Parks72,844,118
Tracks and trailsvarious1,127,500
Total 16,554,632

Yearly reports

The yearly reports demonstrate the financial benefits of the program, while case studies within the report highlight the improvements on Crown reserves.

The 2017–18 CRIFP report

Previous yearly reports:


Please contact the department for funding enquiries

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