The Environment grants stream supports projects that benefit the environment and community through environmental improvement, sustainability education and the promotion and enabling of sustainable living as a way of life. Applicants are encouraged to address issues such as climate change, sustainable transport, water sensitive urban design, biodiversity, and recycling and waste avoidance.
The 2019 Environment Grants round is now closed. The 2020 round is expected to be open for applications in mid 2020.
Environment grants of up to $7,500 were available in 2019.
Council uses SmartyGrants administration
software to manage its grants program. Applications must be submitted via the
Inner West Council SmartyGrants webpage. Applications must meet the eligibility
requirements and no late applications will be accepted. Hard copy applications are
A list of successful applicants and their projects for earlier rounds, can be found on the Successful Environment Grants page.
Download the Inner West Council Grants Program guidelines here: Inner West Grants Program Guidelines 2019 (PDF 928.9KB)
The objectives of the Environment Grants stream is to:
- Benefit the environment through local projects.
- Involve the local community in project design and delivery.
- Raise awareness and understanding of environmental and sustainability issues.
- Support people to take action and share skills and knowledge about the local environment.
- Build the capacity of the community to address environmental and sustainability issues.
To be eligible for funding, an applicant must:
- Be an Australian resident or permanent resident aged over 18 years.
- Be currently located or delivering services in the Inner West Council area or offer a project that benefits residents of the Inner West.
- Be a legally registered, incorporated not-for-profit organisation or group. Unincorporated groups must be auspiced by an incorporated not-for-profit organisation. Note: This eligibility criteria varies for Live Music, Arts and Culture and Community History and Heritage grants in 2019.
- Apply for a specific project, grants do not offer a permanent or ongoing source of funding.
- Meet the grant stream eligibility criteria and address the grant stream objectives.
- Demonstrate the project is in the public interest and in accordance with Council’s
- Community Strategic Plan, policies and regulations.
- Include a booking confirmation form for any standard or subsidised use of Council facilities required as part of a grant application (i.e. Council venues, parks and sportsgrounds), unless otherwise negotiated with the relevant Council grant officer.
- Submit an interim progress report on any outstanding grant projects before a new grant application can be considered.
Only submit one application per grant stream per year.
Inner West Council does not provide grants for:
- Projects that have already occurred (i.e. retrospective funding is not eligible) or to cover a shortfall in administrative costs.
- Projects that duplicate existing services provided in the Inner West Council area.
- Organisations that have not acquitted previously completed grant projects funded by Inner West Council, or who have outstanding debts of any kind to Inner West Council.
- Ongoing salary costs for project management, operational costs or applicant’s wages.
- Capital works such as renovations to buildings. Note: This eligibility criterion varies for Live Music grants in 2019.
- Financial assistance for overseas travel.
- General donations to charities. Council does accept applications for projects run by charities.
- Activities that could be perceived as benefitting political parties or groups linked to a political party.
- Projects that could be perceived as divisive within the community.
- State or federal government departments or projects which fall under the responsibility of another tier of government.
- Schools or tertiary institutions. Parents and Citizens’ Associations (P&Cs) are eligible to apply for projects that can demonstrate they benefit the broader Inner West community (beyond the school community). Note: This eligibility criterion varies for Open Inner West grants in 2019.
The following criteria will be considered in the process of assessing applications:
- Impact and quality of the project‘s contribution to Council’s Community Strategic Plan and the Environment grants objectives.
- Applicant’s capacity to deliver a well‐planned project, including applicants experience, skills and time.
- Realistic budget, including all sources of project income with quotes, where relevant.
- Merit of the application in comparison to other applications.
Council holds information sessions and one-on-one sessions to support potential applicants. Applicants are encouraged to attend one of these sessions and/or speak with a Council grant officer before applying.
Information sessions are designed to explain the grant stream funding priorities, how applications will be assessed and conditions for successful applicants. They are also an opportunity to network with other community groups and meet potential project partners.
One-on-one sessions provide grant applicants with tailored advice on their project and grant application. Receive feedback on your draft application and project ideas from Council’s grant officers and receive helpful tips on how to write your grant application.
For Environment Grant enquiries, please contact Niki Huang, Council's Environment Officer on 9392 5516 or Niki.Huang@innerwest.nsw.gov.au.
It is encouraged for requests of over $2,000 that you discuss your project with a staff member from the Environment and Sustainability team.