The Crown Reserves Improvement Fund (CRIF) Program supports Crown land managers and users 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.

In recognition of the recent drought, bushfires and floods that have occurred across NSW and the impact this has had on our communities, this year’s funding round will have a particular focus in assisting to restore community amenity. This is reflected in two additional program objectives being:

  • To assist in building resilience and restoring community amenity following adverse events (eg public health closures, bushfire, floods, drought).
  • Upgrade and renovate showground infrastructure to support regional communities, groups and associations.
  • Improve walking and cycling access through Crown reserves, including providing new connections between reserves (e.g. delivering the Green Grid).

Applications for the 2020-21 Crown Reserves Improvement Fund (CRIF) are now being accepted. See answers to frequently asked questions below:


For Login requests or issues please contact the Reserves Team on 1300 886 235 - option 5 or via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For general enquiries or assistance please contact the Funding Team via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 1300 886 235 – option 4. You may also contact your local Department of Planning, Industry and Environment – Crown Lands office to discuss your reserve’s particular circumstances and/or project ideas through the 1300 886 235 number – (opt 5).



How long will the round be open for?

Applications close 5pm Friday 10 July 2020. No extensions can be given.

Can user groups apply?

User groups and individuals with an interest in Crown reserves, Crown caravan and state parks, showgrounds (including freehold) can all apply. For your application to be eligible, user groups must obtain a letter of authority from the official Crown land manager supporting their application. Note that if successful, funding will be paid to the Crown land manager.

What can we apply for?

The CRIF funds a diverse range of activities each year in the following categories:

  • General development, maintenance and protection activities on any eligible reserve
  • Pest and weed projects on Crown lands

How much can we get?

Successful applications to the CRIF in recent years have ranged from $500 to $2,000,000. The 2019-20 successful projects are listed on the CRIF webpage.  

Can we get a loan?

Applications for low interest loans are strongly encouraged for amounts greater than $100,000.

What do we do now?

  1. Talk to your Crown Land Manager about your proposal and authority to apply.
    Ensure that the Crown Land Manager has submitted a final report for all previous CRIF funded projects
  2. Ensure you have a working application login by visiting the CRIF webpage and selecting the ‘Apply Now’ button
  3. Gather quotes or develop detailed cost estimates (as appropriate) as follows: 
    • Activity elements (distinct parts of a project) less than or equal to $30,000 require at least one quote
    • Activity elements between $30,001 and $150,000 require at least three quotes
    • Activity elements greater than $150,000 require an acceptable cost estimate and a commitment (i.e. a strategy) to procurement via public tender
  4. Submit your application online by 5pm Friday 26 June 2020. No extensions can be given.

Where do I get more information?

Detailed guidance documentation can be found on the CRIF webpage. We strongly encourage you to closely review the documentation so that you can make a quality application and avoid the disappointment of being made ineligible.

Our yearly reports are also available on the CRIF webpage. These reports give an overview of projects that have been successful in obtaining funding in previous rounds. 

RegardsAnthony Mitchell
Coordinator Funding Programs
NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment – Crown Lands