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.

Grant and loan funding can be applied for each year when the applications are open.

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.

2021-22 Funding round - coming soon

This year's annual Crown Reserve Improvement Fund program is expected to launch soon. Updates on the program will be listed on this webpage when available.

2020-21 Funding announcement

Successful applicants for the 2021–21 funding round have been announced by Minister Stokes and Minister Pavey 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

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.

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.

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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