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Crown Reserves Improvement Fund

The Crown Reserves Improvement Fund (CRIF) supports Crown land managers (CLMs) by providing funding for repairs, maintenance and improvements on Crown reserves. The funding aims to benefit the community, boost our economy and contribute to the cultural, sporting and recreational life of NSW.

The CRIF 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.

CRIF 2022-23 funding round 

Applications for the CRIF 2022-23 funding round are now closed

Key dates

2 May  2022Applications open 9am 
3 June 2022Applications close 5pm
June to  November 2022

Eligibility, assessment and approval process

November 2022Announcement of successful projects and advice to all applicants
December 2022 to February 2023Grant acceptances and payment processing

2022-23 CRIF guidance documentation

Terms and conditions of funding acceptance

  • 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.

Price increases impacting CRIF projects

The department is aware that the current environment of global material shortages and price increases are having an impact on some Crown land manager's ability to complete CRIF projects.

Depending upon the size and nature of your CRIF project, here are some options for you to consider in order to progress your project:

  • De-scoping the project, removing elements that will not alter the fundamental amenity of the project
  • Phasing the project over multiple years and applying for further funding to complete the project in the future
  • Seeking alternative top-up funding from another grant program
  • Running community fundraising events and/or crowd funding
  • Seeking cash or in-kind support from local councils

2021-22 funding round

The CRIF 2021-22 funded 257 projects totalling $15.233m 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.

View the Crown Land Funding Map for project details.

Program areaNumberValue $
Local parks and reserves948,064,535
Showgrounds363,687,656
Caravan parks 3951,500
Schools of arts159,851
State parks150,000
Weeds1092,208,799
Pest13211,007
Total25715,233,349

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.

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