C​​ommunity Resilience Innovation Program - Program Guide

The Community Resilience Innovation Program (CRIP) is a scheme under the Natural Disaster Resilience Program, funded by the New South Wales and Commonwealth Governments through the National Partnership Agreement on Natural Disaster Resilience.

The CRIP supports a broad range of community-led projects designed to increase all-hazard disaster preparedness and build community capacity and resilience. CRIP projects are based on collaboration and partnership between local community organisations and emergency services agencies.

CRIP aims to:

  • Encourage local communities to engage in creative, community focussed activities that will enhance disaster resilience

  • Develop effective partnerships and build networks between local community organisations, councils, businesses and emergency services agencies

  • Foster ways to effectively engage the local community in emergency management and resilience building

  • Share knowledge and lessons learnt about new approaches and models through project evaluation

  • Support initiatives that can be integrated into current business and maintained in the longer term.

Projects supported through the CRIP are designed to respond to the specific needs and characteristics of the local community. Projects may involve the entire community or be tailored to the needs of particular groups, such as people identified as more vulnerable to disaster events.

A focus of CRIP is capturing lessons learned about new ways of working, what works and what could be done differently, so that successful projects can be replicated in other communities. For this reason project evaluation must be built into the project.

Projects should be completed within 12 months. Where there is a strong case, projects needing up to 2 years to complete can be considered.

CRIP has a limited budget and not all applications can be funded.

National Strategy for Disaster Resilience Community Engagement Frame​​work

The National Strategy for Disaster Resilience Community Engagement Framework provides guidance to those working in emergency management. Applicants should use the Framework as a basis for designing community engagement strategies for their project.

National Strategy for Disaster Resilience Community Engagement Framework [PDF 762KB]

Who can apply:

  • Non-government organisations including not-for-profit organisations and local community groups
  • Local councils
  • Government agencies with emergency management responsibilities.

Unincorporated groups may apply through the auspice of a legally established body or if a local unit of an emergency service, the parent agency.

Applications from non-government organisations must include a letter endorsing the project, from a government agency with emergency management responsibilities.


Office of Emergency Management - Grants Applicant Portal

Selecti​​on criteria

Projects will be assessed on the extent to which they demonstrate:

  • Consistency with National Strategy for Disaster Resilience and address one or more of the priority outcomes, which are to:
    • Lead change and coordinate effort
    • Understand risks
    • Communicate with and educate people about risks
    • Partner with those who effect change
    • Empower individuals and communities to exercise choice and take responsibility
    • Reduce risks in the built environment
    • Support capabilities for disaster resilience.
  • Evaluation - the evaluation of the project process and outcomes will inform future activity
  • Benefits - to the community by strengthening disaster preparedness and resilience
  • Innovation - addressing community need in a creative and effective way
  • Collaboration - between local agencies, community groups and emergency management agencies working together and sharing knowledge to achieve a common goal
  • Community Engagement - effectively engage with the community
  • Sustainability - capacity for project outcomes to be integrated into operations of the grant recipient and partner agencies, and continue to deliver benefits in the longer term
  • Portability - can be replicated in other communities.

Applications ​​also need to demonstrate:

  • An achievable work plan - adequate steps, time and resources.
  • Value for money - effective use of project funds.

Activiti​​​es not funded

Day to day activities - regular activities of the organisation, maintenance of assets including website and IT platforms, and the purchase or maintenance of operational equipment.

Retrospective activities - work already undertaken or that will commence before the funding decision is made.

Recurrent funding - activities that require ongoing program funding.

Commercial benefit - activities that provide a financial or other benefit to a private entity, or produce commercial outputs.

Grants approv​ed in previous rounds

NSW approved projects for the Community Resilience Innovation Program 2015/17
NSW approved projects for the Community Resilience Innovation Program 2014/15
NSW approved projects for the Community Resilience Innovation Program 2013/14

Conditions of Funding

After grants are offered applicants may be required to provide further detail to the budget or work plan before an agreement is signed.

The funding agreement is based on the information contained in the application, including any additional information provided. Grant recipients will provide quarterly progress reports and a final report of the project.

Failure to provide reports may affect an organisation's eligibility for future funding through the Natural Disaster Resilience Program. Funding is paid in two to three instalments, depending on the project value. Any unspent monies must be returned to OEM.

Further A​ssistance

For full details of the Natural Disaster Resilience Program are a vailable on the Australian Government Attorney-General's Department website

Please contact the Grants Unit on (02) 9212 9252 or crip@mpes.nsw.gov.au

Department of Justice 
Office of Emergency Management 
GPO Box 5434, Sydney, NSW 2001