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Incentives, funding and scholarships

Expression of Interest for assistance to improve river, native vegetation and pasture health

Hunter Local Land Services is currently seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from landholders for assistance to improve river, native vegetation and pasture health in priority areas of the Lower Hunter, Upper Hunter and Mid Coast districts.

Our main priorities include:
1. Protection and restoration of riverbanks in priority areas
2. Significant threatened native vegetation restoration and enhancement for priority vegetation or in priority areas
3. Threatened species recovery for priority species
4. Grazing or on-farm practices that improve pasture cover, perennial species and nutrient/fertiliser management in priority areas.

Funding is available for eligible landholders, community groups and Aboriginal land managers (such as LALCs) to implement on ground projects to develop natural resource management projects on, private properties. To receive support and determine if your
project is eligible for incentive funding we invite individuals or groups to submit Expressions of Interest.

Expressions of Interest (EOI) will be assessed as they are received against a set of criteria including priority locations, alignment to priority recovery and restoration actions for our programs, and outcomes to improve rivers, native vegetation and pasture health.

Once assessed, individual EOIs that meet the above criteria may be contacted by our staff to arrange property visits to learn more about the proposal, and/ or directly invite EOI submissions to apply for funding via an application process.

To view an interactive map outlining our priority locations for incentive funding please follow this link: Priority Map 

Or you can download a PDF version here.

If your EOI does not meet our objectives at this time, we will also contact you to determine how we can provide other types of assistance to best suit your needs.

The process for submitting an Expression of Interest is as follows:

Option 1: Complete the online Expression of Interest Form (preferred)


Option 2: Download, print and complete the hard copy Expression of Interest Form (PDF 48KB).

Scan and emailed to: or

Post to Private Bag 2010, Paterson NSW 2421 or

In person over counter at your local office.

Contact your local office for more information on completing your EOI form:
Lower Hunter Office (Paterson):T: 02 4938 4900
Upper Hunter Office (Scone): T: 02 6540 2400
Mid Coast Office (Taree): T: 02 6551 8994

Community Small Grants and Education Scholarship Program 2018-2021  

Hunter Local Land Services, through funding from the Catchment Action NSW program, will be delivering a three year program for community groups, networks or associations and individuals in building knowledge, skills and participation in land management practices. We encourage landcare groups, industry associations or farmer networks, pest animal networks, aboriginal organisations or other NRM or agricultural community organisations to apply.

The Community Small Grants program aims:

1) To build individual/groups skills and knowledge in land management practices
2) To build community participation, knowledge and skills with community organisations, groups or local communities

The Education Scholarships program aims to provide opportunities for individuals aged 18-45 to build skills and knowledge in land management practices through informal or formal training opportunities, in particular individuals who are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders, individuals who are developing Agricultural careers or involved in Industry groups or agricultural networks, or are active Landcare Network/Group members.

Training can include, but is not limited to, conferences, formal training such as TAFE short courses, and other informal training or networking or mentoring opportunities. Scholarships can be considered for more than one individual (such as a small group) within one application.

Maximum $1000 per education scholarship

Applications can be submitted at any time. Please note the closing dates for individual assessment rounds in regards to your proposal/activity.

Closing dates for application rounds are:

2019: 11 January, 1 February, 1 March, 1 April, 1 July, 1 October

2020: 1 February, 1 March, 1 April 1 July, 1 October

2021: 1 February, 1 March

There will be approximately $30,000-$45,000 per financial year available for this program, with nominal allocations to the Upper Hunter, Lower Hunter and Manning Great Lakes districts. Please note  funds will be allocated per round, and when funds are exhausted each financial year, applications will defer to the next financial year.

Download the Community Small Grants and Education Scholarships Guidelines here to learn more about eligibility, reporting and other grant considerations.
All applications can be submitted via these links:

Community Small Grants Online Application Form

Education Scholarships Online Form

If you want to develop your project before submitting online, please download a copy of the:

Having trouble with the online form or meeting the next round of assessments, or want updates on our assessment outcomes?

Contact us:

NRM Project Officer Mid Coast: 6551 8994 ext 291

NRM Project Officer  Lower Hunter: 4938 4956

NRM Project Officer Upper Hunter: 0417 352 694

Or email admin.hunter@lls, with your email subject line "Community Grants-Your Region" (e.g Community Grants-
Lower Hunter)

Want to ask more questions about the program and whether your community project or scholarship idea is eligible, or investigate partner opportunities with your event/activity?

Contact us:

Community Engagement Officer Mid Coast: 6551 8994 ext 241
Community Engagement Officer Lower Hunter:4938 4930
Community Engagement Officer Upper Hunter: 0417 352 694
Or email admin.hunter@lls, with your email subject line "Community Grants-Your Region" (e.g Community Grants-Lower Hunter)