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.

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.

2020-21 funding round

The 2020-21 CRIFP funding round is scheduled to open in February 2020. Further information and guidance materials for funding applications will be available on this page in early 2020.

Terms and conditions

  • 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

The 2019–20 funding round is now closed.

The department is currently assessing the applications and will advise applicants of the outcome.

2019-20 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.

2018-19 funding program

In 2018–19, through the CRIFP, the government provided funding and loans totalling $20.7 million for 442 improvements across the state. The funding provided will continue to benefit our community, boost our economy and contribute to the cultural, sporting and recreational life of our region.

A breakdown of the funding is outlined in the table below. A list all of successful applicants is also available 2018–19 successful applicants.

Program AreaNumberValue
Local parks & reserves 125 $3,790,417
Showgrounds 49 $4,006,659
Pests 13 $188,581
Weeds 143 $1,937,646
State parks 8 $5,882,612
NSW Department of Industry 12 $1,093,692
Bushfire 62 $1,000,000
Tracks and trails various $800,000
School of Arts 9 $284,293
Commons 6 $188,635
Caravan parks 4 $527,487
Travelling stock routes various $1,000,000
Total $20,700,022

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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