Flying-Foxes Grants Program

The Flying-foxes Grants Program has been established to assist councils to manage flying-fox camps in their area, consistent with the Flying-Fox Camp Management Policy 2015.

This $1 million program is funded through the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) and is administered by Local Government NSW to address identified flying-fox management issues facing NSW councils. A combination of competitive and non-competitive funding is available.

Applications for funding are now open.

How much is a vailable?

A total of $1 million in funding has been made available to NSW councils under the Flying-foxes Grants Program.

Funding is available under three streams:

Stream 1 – Implementing emergency flying-fox camp management measures where there are significant community impacts.

  • Maximum grant size: $50,000
  • Applications can be made any time up to 30 April 2018 and will receive funding if they are for eligible activities and meet the assessment criteria (subject to funding availability).

Stream 2 – Preparing flying-fox camp management plans (closed).

Stream 3 – Implementing approved actions in flying-fox camp management plans (closed).


Additional funding rounds will be called if funds are available.

Who can apply?

Grants are open to NSW Local Government organisations including councils, Regional Organisations of Councils (ROCs) and County Councils. Collaboration with NSW agencies, Aboriginal Land Councils, businesses, research and community organisations is encouraged however each grant application must be lodged by a Local Government organisation that will be responsible for administering the grant.

Where multiple flying-fox camps are involved, or where a camp occurs across multiple tenures, collaboration with one or more councils, regional organisations, private sector or government agencies and other organisations is encouraged.

Funding is generally available on a 1:1 basis ($1 local council: $1 grant funding). Matching funds can include cash and in-kind contributions. For streams 1 and 2, local councils with the capacity to do so are encouraged to contribute more than 1:1. For stream 3, priority will be given (unless exceptional circumstances can be demonstrated) to applications with a higher council: grant funding ratio.

Amounts are capped for each grant under a stream so that support can be provided to as many councils as possible. Regional Organisations of Councils can apply for up to $150,000 across all streams if the grant is for more than one local council area.

How do I apply?

Timefr ames

Applications for funding are now open.

Stream 1: Applications under Stream 1 can be submitted up to 30 April 2018.

Stream 2: Applications to Stream 2 are closed

Stream 3: Applications to Stream 3 are closed.

Projects and final project reports are to be completed by 30 June 2018

NSW Local Government Flying-fox Forum and the National Flying-fox Forum

On the 26 October 2017 the NSW Local Government Flying-fox Forum was held in Sydney supported by the NSW Flying-fox grant program. Download the summary of the key issues explored by participants (PDF, 292KB).