State Natural Resource Management Program

Supporting natural resource management (NRM) in Western Australia
Last updated: 14 July 2023

Natural resource management (NRM) is the sustainable management of the land, water, atmosphere, and biodiversity resources for the benefit of existing and future generations, and for the maintenance of life support capability of the biosphere.  

By taking a landscape approach, the management of production and conservation can be integrated across land and water boundaries. This recognises the importance of managing our natural resources to deliver economic and social wellbeing for people and industry for the long term, while maintaining integral habitat for the plethora of native species that rely on that habitat for their survival.

The State NRM Program is designed to conserve and sustainably manage the State’s natural resources by supporting community groups with information and grant funding.

The WA Natural Resource Management Framework sets out the WA Government’s direction for working together in partnership to  manage WA’s natural resources for the future, and guides the direction of the State NRM Program.

Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo
Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo

Community Stewardship Grants

The Community Stewardship Grants are designed to facilitate the conservation and sustainable management of the State’s natural resources by supporting local community groups to undertake stewardship of natural resources in their local area.

The Community Stewardship Grants prioritise the direct involvement of local community groups in all project stages of design, planning and implementation, through which efficient and effective partnerships between government, industry, and community can be fostered.

Community Stewardship Grants are available 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 2023 Community Stewardship Grants round is now closed. 

Further information about Community Stewardship Grants can be found at the links below:

How to apply for a Community Stewardship Grant 

Manage my State NRM Grant 

Past lists of successful grants can be downloaded below:

2018 - Successful Community Stewardship Grants

2019 - Successful Community Stewardship Grants

2020 - Successful Community Stewardship Grants

2021 - Successful Community Stewardship Grants

2022 - Successful Community Stewardship Grants

NRM investment priorities

The WA Government’s investment in Natural Resource Management (NRM) is guided by the WA Natural Resource Management Framework.

The Framework recognises the value of partnerships in protecting and managing WA’s natural resources and outlines six priorities for coordinated NRM in WA:

  1. sustainable management of land resources
  2. maintain and enhance water assets
  3. protect and enhance the marine and coastal environment
  4. conserve and recover biodiversity
  5. enhance skills, capability and engagement
  6. deliver high-quality planning that leads to effective action.

These priorities guide the outcomes and investment priorities for the Community Stewardship Grants.  Further information about the Framework can be found at:

Western Australian Natural Resource Framework (2018)

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Contact the State NRM Program Team

State NRM Program

Level 4, 1 Nash Street
Perth WA 6000

Phone: (08) 6552 2158