Caring for Country Business Development Grant Program


The Caring for Country Business Development Grant Program aims to build the capacity, capability, and competitiveness of Aboriginal businesses by supporting them to reach their potential.

The NSW Government is providing $700,000 in grant funding to Greater Sydney Aboriginal businesses to help deliver conservation outcomes under the Cumberland Plain Conservation Plan (CPCP).

The grant program is being delivered by the Yarpa Hub in partnership with the NSW Department of Planning and Environment (the department). This program and partnership supports Aboriginal businesses to build capacity, capability, and competitiveness, help them reach their potential and become tender ready for future opportunities.

Applications now open

Applications for the grant program are open until Friday the 9th of June 2023.
Apply online and complete the application process.


The CPCP commits to eight social, environmental, and economic outcomes. One of these outcomes is to support economic participation for Aboriginal people, promote Aboriginal culture and knowledge, and help enable Aboriginal communities maintain a distinctive cultural, spiritual, physical, and economic relationships with land and waters in Western Sydney.

To achieve this outcome, the department is working with Western Sydney’s Aboriginal communities to develop the Caring for Country - Aboriginal Outcomes Strategy (the Strategy).

To pilot ideas in the draft Strategy, the department has co-designed the Caring for Country Business Development Grants Program in collaboration with the Yarpa Hub.

Program Objectives

The objectives of the Caring for Country Business Development Grant Program are:

• To support Aboriginal owned businesses to build capacity and capability to ensure they are best placed to capitalise on the opportunities arising from the early implementation phase of the CPCP, and

• To support Aboriginal owned businesses to become tender ready and have the ability to compete for future tenders under the CPCP.

More Information 

How to apply 

Click here to complete the online application process.

Program Guidelines 

Click here to download the Caring for Country Grant Program Guidelines and Assessment Criteria.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Click here to download a copy of the FAQ's

Contact Details 

If you have any questions about the Program, its application process or need support with your application, please contact the grants officer at the Yarpa Hub on 1300 017 177 or via email at