State Natural Resource Management Program

Supporting natural resource management (NRM) in Western Australia
Volunteers on beach
Rangelands NRM and volunteers monitoring seagrass at Roebuck Bay

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 Grants

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These grants support community-based projects that serve to protect and restore the local environment and are offered annually.

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.

Lists of successful applications to past grant rounds can be found at the links below. 

2018 - Successful Community Stewardship Grants

2019 - Successful Community Stewardship Grants

2020 - Successful Community Stewardship Grants

2021 - Successful Community Stewardship Grants

Community Collaboration Grants

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Community Collaboration Grants are not available in 2022. Please apply to the Community Stewardship Grants.

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.

2021 - Successful Community Collaboration Grants

NRM investment priorities

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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.

Western Australian Natural Resource Framework (2018)

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Contact the State NRM Program Team

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State NRM Program

Level 4, 1 Nash Street
Perth WA 6000

Phone: (08) 6552 2158

Page reviewed 2 March 2022