Increasing Resilience to Climate Change

This partnership program between LGNSW and the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) provides funding to address identified climate change risks and vulnerabilities facing NSW councils.


The Increasing Resilience to Climate Change program has been established to encourage:
  • Implementation of actions to address identified climate risks
  • Regional consideration of climate change impacts in decision making 
  • Implementation of climate change adaptation actions beyond business as usual projects and programs
  • Enhanced adaptive capacity.

How much is available?

The Climate Change Fund is providing $2.8m of funding over 3 rounds. A total of $1,162,000 is available for Round 2.
Individual projects
Grants between $30,000 to $120,000 are available to individual councils.   
Regional projects
Grant between $50,000 to $300,000 are available for regional projects to coordinate adaptation projects across a number of councils. 
Collaboration with one or more councils, regional organisations, private sector or government agencies, community groups and other organisations is encouraged.
Applications for Round 2 will open 1 July 2019 and close midnight 2 September 2019.

DPIE IRCC grant program webinar

A webinar was held on 24 July,  which provided an overview of the IRCC grant program, climate change risk and project identification, explanation of the selection criteria, and other information useful to those thinking of making an application. Watch the recording.

Round 1 grants

Round 1 received 29 applications totalling $3.8 million. There are 10 successful applications, totalling $1,011,300.

Successful Round 1 applications (PDF, 123KB)

Successful applicants can submit their updated project plan here.