Crown Reserves Improvement Fund

2021-22 funding round now closed

Applications to the 2021-22 Crown Reserve Improvement Fund (CRIF) program have now closed.

Details on applicaton outcomes will be listed on this webpage when they become available.

2021-22 program information

Project delivery timeline: Funded projects must be completed within 12 months of receiving the funding.

Funding acquittal: Funding recipients must submit a final report within two months of the project’s completion. Download the latest report template.

Guidance documentation

It is essential that you read the following guidance documentation before applying.

  • Funding information guide (PDF 729KB) – This guide provides an overview of the application process and the program objectives.
  • Application instructions (PDF 1.2MB) – This provides an overview of the registration, login and stages of the application process.
  • Assessment and eligibility criteria checklist (PDF 381KB) – This document helps to ensure applications submitted for funding are relevant, eligible and address all appropriate criteria. Please note that this is a supporting tool and does not have to be submitted with applications.
  • Frequently asked questions (PDF 298KB) – Lists responses to the questions you may have about the program.
  • Terms and conditions (PDF 299KB) – Applicants must agree to the terms and conditions of the 2021-22 CRIF funding program outlined in this document.
  • Procurement guidelines (PDF 554KB) – This guide provides 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.

About the program

The CRIF 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.

The CRIF program 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.

2020-21 funding round

Successful applicants for the 2020–21 funding round have been announced by The Hon. Rob Stokes MP, Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, and the Hon. Melinda Pavey MP, Minister for Water, Property and Housing in January 2021. A summary of the funding is available below or download the full list of the 2020-21 successful applicants.

2020 - 21 program summary

In 2020-21, the NSW Government provided an additional $40 million stimulus funding to support the economy and employment in local communities. This resulted in a record $51.7 million being invested across the state through the Crown Reserves Improvement Fund on 705 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 & reserves29628,593,089
Caravan Parks83,714,199
State parks3455,030
Tracks and trails91,127,500

Yearly reports

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

Yearly reports:


Please contact the department for funding enquiries

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