Expressions of interest are sought for the first round of $100 million of the NSW Government's $300 million Regional Growth Environmental & Tourism Fund. It is funded through the Rebuilding NSW initiative for which $6 billion of the $20 billion from the sale of poles and wires is reserved for regions. Wollongong is specifically excluded, however, Shellharbour and Kiama LGA's are eligible to apply for project funding.

Eligible organisations include local councils, state agencies, Aboriginal Land Councils, community groups and NGO's. Eligible projects must be public infrastructure for new or improved environment and tourism infrastructure to improve economic growth and productivity. Minimum project funding is $500,000. EOI's close 20 April 2017.