Building Resilience to Climate Change

This is a partnership program between LGNSW and the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) to address identified climate change risks and vulnerabilities facing NSW councils.


The Building Resilience to Climate Change program has been established to encourage:

  • Enhanced consideration of climate change impacts in local and regional decision making.
  • Delivery of projects that minimise climate change impacts for local and regional decision makers.
  • Implementation of climate change adaptation beyond current projects and programs.
  • Fostering of adaptive capacity in Local Government through a community of practitioners across professional disciplines with direct experience in implementing adaptation responses across NSW.

How much is available?

The Climate Change Fund is providing $460,000 for the third round which is open to eligible organisations under the following themes:
  • building the resilience of vulnerable communities; or
  • adapting priority infrastructure
Applications for Round 3 are closed and will be announced late 2016.
Grants of between $15,000 - $80,000 are available for projects delivered within 15 months. Collaboration with one or more councils, regional organisations, private sector or government agencies and other organisations is encouraged. Two rounds, jointly funded by OEH and the NSW Environmental Trust, were awarded in 2014 and 2015.


Please contact either Denise Anderson, LGNSW, (details top right) or Suzanne Dunford, OEH, on (02) 9995 6351 or

Case studies of completed projects

BRCC Round 2 Grants (2015)

Round two of the grants program received 33 applications, totalling $2.2 million.  There are eight successful applications, totalling $457,830.

Successful Round 2 applications (PDF, 51KB)

BRCC Round 1 Grants (2014)

Applications have been assessed and grants awarded to councils for projects to be delivered in 2015.

A total of $432,500 was distributed across 6 projects around NSW.

2014 Successful Projects (PDF, 77KB)

Grant reporting process

BRCC Round 1 projects (2014) projects will need to submit their progress report by 31 August 2015 and final report 30 April 2016 by completing the following documents:
The OEH, Environmental Trust and LGNSW’s logos must be used on promotional material. The following statement is required:
'This project has been assisted by the NSW Government and supported by Local Government NSW’.
A copy of the OEH logo and guidelines on its use is available.
A copy of the Environmental Trust logo and guidelines on its use is available.
A copy of the LGNSW logo can be provided to councils on request.


This project has been assisted by the NSW Government through its Environmental Trust.