Environment Grants


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.

Key dates

Council's Grant Program is postponed to 1 October 2020.

Funding available

Environment grants of up to $10,000 each over two years (up to $5,000 per annum) are available in 2020/21. 

Past recipients

A list of successful applicants and their projects for earlier rounds, can be found on the Successful Environment Grants page.


Coming Soon


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.

Eligibility criteria


To be eligible for funding, you must

  • Be an Australian resident or permanent resident aged over 18 years.
  • 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 varies for Arts and Community History and Heritage grants in 2020.
  • Be a resident of or delivering services in the Inner West Council area or offer a project that benefits residents of the Inner West.
  • Include a booking confirmation form for use of a Council facility required as part of a grant application (i.e. Council venues, parks and sportsgrounds) unless otherwise negotiated with the relevant Council grant officer.
  • Meet the grant stream eligibility criteria.
  • Address the grant stream objectives.
  • Demonstrate your project is in the public interest and in accordance with Council’s Community Strategic Plan, policies and regulations.
  • Only submit one application per applicant each year.

Stream specific eligibility:

  • Applications are accepted for some capital works where the works benefit the broader community. Examples include the installation of renewable energy infrastructure, rainwater or stormwater harvesting infrastructure as well as water sensitive urban design landscaping.


Inner West Council does not fund:

  • Applicants who have not acquitted previously completed grant projects or provided an interim progress report for any outstanding grant projects funded by Inner West Council.
  • Applicants who have outstanding debts of any kind to Inner West Council.
  • Applicants who represent a state or federal government department.
  • For-Profit Organisations and Sole Traders.
  • Applicants who represent a school or tertiary institution. Parents and Citizens’ Associations however are eligible to apply for projects that can demonstrate they benefit the Inner West community.
  • Projects that have commenced or already taken place. Council does not provide retrospective funding.
  • Projects that duplicate existing services already provided in the Inner West Council area.
  • Capital works, such as renovations to buildings. Note: this eligibility varies for Environment Grants in 2020/2021.
  • Financial assistance for interstate or overseas travel, or other costs where it could be perceived that the applicant would derive excessive personal benefits.
  • Salaries of permanent employees who will be supervising or working on the project as part of their usual duties. However, grants may fund additional staff to work specifically on the project.
  • Ongoing operational expenditure such as fixed overheads and administrative costs.
  • General donations to charities. Council does accept applications for projects run by charities.
  • Activities that could be perceived as benefiting political parties or associated groups.
  • Activities that could be perceived as divisive within the community.

    Assessment criteria

    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. 


    Application support

    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

    These 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

    These 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.


    To apply

    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 not accepted.


    For Environment Grant enquiries, please contact Anne Abbott, Council's Environment Officer on 9392 5512 or anne.abbott@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.

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    Page last updated: 07 Jul 2020