Environment Grants

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Summer Quick Response Environment Grants are open from 2 January to 7 February 2018. Start an online application.

The Environment Grants Program supports projects which strengthen the capacity of local groups to benefit the community through projects focused on environmental improvement, sustainability education, awareness-raising and the promotion of sustainable living as a way of life.

Projects are encouraged to address issues such as climate change, sustainable transport, water sensitive urban design, biodiversity, and recycling and reuse.

Environment Grants are available in two streams: annual grants of up to $7,500 per application, with smaller quick response grants of up to $500 available quarterly.

All applications should aim to provide community benefits for the residents of the Inner West Council area.

This includes the suburbs of Annandale, Ashfield, Balmain (including Balmain East), Birchgrove, Dobroyd Point, Dulwich Hill, Enmore, Haberfield, Leichhardt, Lewisham, Lilyfield, Marrickville, South Marrickville, Petersham, Rozelle, Stanmore, St Peters, Summer Hill, Sydenham, Tempe. Inner West Council also includes parts of Ashbury, Camperdown, Croydon, Croydon Park, Hurlstone Park and Newtown.

Download the Environment Grants Guidelines (PDF 1.4MB) here. Alternatively you can read them below.

Key Dates Objectives Projects supported Eligibility Not eligible Assessment Criteria Grants Administration Further Information Enquiries Apply

Key Dates

Annual Grants

Grants of up to $7,500 are available annually. The 2017 grants round closed on 10 August 2017 and will reopen mid-2018.

Quick Response Grants

Applications for Environment Quick Response Grants of up to $500 are open each quarter:

  • Winter Round: opens 9am Monday 3 July – closes 5pm Thursday 10 August 2017
  • Spring Round: opens 9am Monday 2 October – closes 5pm Wednesday 1 November 2017
  • Summer Round: opens 9am Tuesday 2 January – closes 5pm Wednesday 7 February 2018
  • Autumn Round: opens 9am Monday 2 April – closes 5pm Wednesday 2 May 2018


The aim of the Environment Grants is to support projects that:

  • Demonstrate an environmental benefit to the Inner West Council (IWC) area
  • Involve the local community
  • Support people to take action, and to share skills and knowledge about the local environment
  • Raise awareness and understanding of environmental and sustainability issues
  • Build capacity in the community to address these issues

Types of projects supported

Council will accept applications for projects which benefit the community through environmental improvement, education and awareness-raising around the themes of climate change, sustainable transport, water sensitive urban design, biodiversity, consumption and waste.

Council will give priority to projects where it can be shown that the project:

  • Is of environmental benefit to the local community or promotes improved understanding of environmental and sustainability issues
  • Offers innovative approaches and positive solutions to environmental and sustainability issues
  • Has a strong community engagement component, involving the community in the planning and implementation of the project
  • Does not duplicate existing programs in the Inner West Council area

Assessment criteria

The following criteria will be considered in the process of assessing applications:

  • Contribution the project makes to local environmental or sustainability outcomes
  • How well the project articulates and addresses an environmental or sustainability opportunity
  • Level of community involvement, participation and/or capacity-building of the project
  • Ability to deliver the project, with demonstrated sound planning
  • Previous assistance received by the applicant from Council in recent years, including grants and in-kind support
  • The extent of the in-kind and financial support provided by the applicant towards the project
  • The merit of the application in comparison to other applications
  • Benefits to communities within the IWC area adversely affected by WestConnex


  • Applicants must be over 18 years
  • Applicants must be a registered and appropriately incorporated not-for-profit, non-government, or commercial organisation or a community group auspiced by a not-for-profit and appropriately incorporated organisation for insurance purposes
  • Applicants must be offering a project of which residents and/or the environment of the IWC area are the principal beneficiaries
  • Applications must be for a specific project and are not available as a permanent source of future funding
  • Applications must be able to demonstrate that the project is in the public interest and in accordance with Council policy
  • Applications must address the project’s relevance to Council’s Statement of Vision and Priorities
  • Applications must be for projects undertaken within the specified dates of that particular funding program
  • Applicants must have acquitted previous grants from IWC or the former councils comprising the IWC and have no outstanding debts to Council

Not eligible

  • Projects that duplicate services already provided in the IWC area
  • General donations to charities; however, specific local projects applied for by charities may be eligible
  • Ongoing staffing or operational costs
  • Activities that could be perceived as divisive within the community
  • Grants will not be provided to political parties or groups formally linked to a political party
  • State or Federal government departments (including schools or tertiary institutions). P&Cs are eligible to apply for projects that are demonstrably accessible and beneficial to the broader Inner West community (beyond the school community)
  • Applications seeking financial assistance for overseas travel, or other costs where it could be perceived that the applicant would derive excessive personal benefits

Grants administration

Application process

Applicants need to complete an online Environmental Grants Application Form and submit supporting documentation. Please read these guidelines and the application form carefully to ensure all questions are answered and all necessary documents are attached. Funding is available in two streams:

  • Quarterly small grant stream. Grants of up to $500 to help groups establish, develop or expand activities with materials or resources are offered each quarter. Applicants may only apply for a small grant once per year and must present a strong argument as to why the application cannot wait to be considered as part of the annual grants program.
  • Annual grant stream. Grants of up to $7,500 are to help kick-start larger projects and are offered once per year. Applicants will need to demonstrate well-planned projects and project measures for evaluation to be competitive. Applications for the purchase of significant items (over $1,000) must include copies of two quotes.


All applications are evaluated against the eligibility and assessment criteria by a selection panel with recommendations made to Inner West Council for approval. The selection panel members are Council staff and community members with relevant expertise and local knowledge.


Successful applicants will be advised in writing and will be required to enter into a formal funding agreement with Council.

Council advises that:

  • The awarding of a grant does not imply the provision of any additional resources or funding for that project or associated activities from Council
  • Applicants may not vary the purpose of the grant for which they have been funded without receiving written approval from Council

Conditions for approval:

  • Council reserves the right to assess an application under an alternative category
  • The awarding of a grant does not imply the provision of any additional resources or funding for that project or associated activities from Council
  • Applications for the purchase of significant items (over $1,000) must include copies of two quotes
  • Applicants who have received funds in previous years will only be eligible to apply for assistance in the current year if all accountability and evaluation procedures have been satisfied
  • Applicants may not vary the purpose of the grant for which they have been funded without receiving written approval from Council
  • Applications must contain written confirmation from all partnership bodies named in the proposal as confirmed funding sources or key participating organisations

Funding agreements and conditions

Successful applicants will be required to undertake the following activities:

  • Sign a form accepting the conditions of the grant
  • Complete an evaluation report for Council within one month of the project being completed using the evaluation form provided by Council via SmartyGrants
  • Provide a financial breakdown of how the grant money was spent, including receipts
  • All promotional materials must acknowledge Council’s support through text or logo placement
  • Failure to comply with these requirements will mean the funded organisation or individual will not be eligible for grants in the future

Evaluation and reporting

When the project has been completed successful applicants must complete an evaluation form and provide images approved for publication. Further information will be provided in your funding agreement.

Further Information

For more information about the Inner West community visit:

Community Profile webpage
Statement of Vision and Priorities


Contact Kate Jackson on 9335 2147 or kate.jackson@innerwest.nsw.gov.au


Environment Grants are available in two streams:

  • Annual grants up to $7,500 per application
  • Quick Response grants up to $500 per application

Please ensure that your grant submission is lodged to the appropriate application form.

Apply Here Online (Annual) - Environment Grants Smarty Grants webpage
Apply Here Online (Quick Response) - Environment Grants Smarty Grants webpage


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