Natural resource management (NRM) refers to the protection and improvement of soils, water, air, vegetation, and biodiversity as the foundation for the quality of life for both present and future generations.
The State NRM Program is designed to conserve and sustainably manage the State’s natural resources by supporting community groups to undertake stewardship of natural resources in their local area.
Community-based NRM is directed and driven by local, catchment or regional scale needs and priorities. It recognises the value of local knowledge, volunteer efforts and strong partnerships. Through the direct involvement of local community groups in all project stages, design, planning, and implementation, efficient and effective partnerships between government, industry, and community can be fostered.
Community Stewardship GrantsShow more
Community Stewardship Grants are available annually for community-based projects that help conserve, restore, rehabilitate or enhance a local natural area, conserve WA’s biodiversity and maintain or build the capability of NRM community groups across the State.
The Community Stewardship Grants Guidelines are essential reading for all applicants. Eligibility criteria, eligible activities, and applicant requirements are regularly updated. A link to the 2022 Community Stewardship Grants Guidelines can be accessed below.
- 2022 Community Stewardship Grants Guidelines (high res 9.5 MB PDF)
- 2022 Community Stewardship Grants Guidelines (low res 3.0 MB PDF)
- Apply for a Community Stewardship Grant
- Manage my State NRM Grant
Lists of successful applications to past grant rounds can be found at the links below.
Community Collaboration GrantsShow more
There was $1 million available for the 2021 round. Community Collaboration Grants:
- focused on a specific target, such as:
- regenerative agriculture
- biodiversity conservation
- biosecurity and invasive species management
- management plan development for more effective implementation of future works
- showed active collaboration between three or more groups
- were valued up to $500,000
- had a duration of up to 36 months.
The 2021 grant round is now closed.
A list of successful applications to the Community Collaboration Grants round can be accessed below.
NRM investment prioritiesShow more
- sustainable management of land resources
- maintain and enhance water assets
- protect and enhance the marine and coastal environment
- conserve and recover biodiversity
- enhance skills, capability and engagement
- deliver high-quality planning that leads to effective action.