Greening our City grants

Greening our City grants support local councils and their partners to enhance urban tree canopy and green cover by co-funding tree planting and demonstration projects across Greater Sydney.

Two funding rounds in 2019 and 2020 have awarded over $15 million to projects across 31 local government areas in Greater Sydney.

The first round of grant funding was awarded in early 2019 with thirty-two projects approved for over $5.3 million across 20 councils in Greater Sydney.

2020 Greening our City grant program

The second round of Greening our City grants has awarded $10.2 million in grant funding to 50 projects in Greater Sydney across two funding streams:

  • Stream 1: Cooler suburbs. $8.1 million has been awarded to 38 projects to boost council tree planting projects. As a result, Greater Sydney will have over 40,000 newly planted trees in public spaces, increasing shade and amenity in our parks and streets.
  • Stream 2: Green innovations. $2.1 million has been awarded to 12 projects that will showcase best practice, scalable solutions to overcome barriers to tree planting. These projects will increase tree canopy and green cover across Greater Sydney, providing cooler neighbourhoods.

Projects include but are not limited to:

  • expanding tree canopy and linking to open space and river corridors to create a walking network and improving liveability in the City of Parramatta.
  • installation of 500 genetically diverse Camden White Gun within the Nepean River Corridor at Camden South
  • transformation of a Hurstville carpark into a green space
  • new state-of-the-art research facility and demonstration site testing the growth and performance of 48 diverse native and exotic tree species in Hawkesbury.

Applications closed on 19 August 2020.

The grant program is being administered by Local Government NSW on behalf of the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.

You can view the full list of successful projects below.

Bayside Council

  • Cooling Bayside - $100,000

Blacktown City Council

  • Bells Creek enhancements – recognising our heritage - $85,000
  • Open Space tree planting program - $220,000
  • Asset renewal program - $100,000
  • Greening our growth centres project - $300,000
  • Big plans for Little Creek - $250,000

Burwood Council

  • Wangal Park tree canopy enhancement project - $162,225

Camden Council

  • Canopy enhancement – Narellan Sports Hub - $80,440
  • Canopy enhancement – Ferguson’s Land - $50,780
  • Building Camden’s canopy – every tree counts - $310,000

Campbelltown City Council

  • Creating canopies in Campbelltown - $267,500

Canterbury Bankstown Council

  • City of Canterbury Bankstown street planting and urban canopy renewal - $479,000

City of Canada Bay Council

  • Grow our Canopy - $200,000

City of Parramatta

  • Greening Parramatta - $500,000

City of Ryde Council

  • Coxs to Epping Road infill canopy - $100,000

City of Sydney

  • Greening the streets - $450,340

Cumberland City Council

  • Greening Cumberland - $60,000

Fairfield City Council

  • Greening Fairfield City - $60,000

Georges River Council

  • Carlton canopy corridor - $494,000

Hawkesbury City Council

  • Hawkesbury vibrant towns and villages - $1,244,000

Hunters Hill Council

  • Creating canopy along a shared pathway and playground in Riverglade Reserve - $36,000

Inner West Council

  • Cooks to Cove Greenway in road tree planting - $137,000

Ku-ring-gai Council

  • Greening St Johns Avenue precinct – creating a viable urban forest - $232,100

Lane Cove Municipal Council

  • Connecting street canopy corridors - $73,100

Liverpool City Council

  • Liverpool City centre urban forest strategy (stage 2) - $325,000

Mosman Municipal Council

  • Urban heat island reduction planting program - $15,000
  • Expand native tree canopy of urban bushland - $5,000

North Sydney Council

  • Vacant tree sites infill project – Cammeray and Cremorne - $28,700

Northern Beaches Council

  • Green canopy – Condamine St, Manly Vale - $121,000

Penrith City Council

  • Cooling the city strategy/green infrastructure project - $1,000,400

Randwick City Council

  • Randwick street and park tree planting to create cooler suburbs - $184,000

Strathfield Municipal Council

  • Cooks River greening - $94,200

Sutherland Shire Council

  • Miranda street tree planting - $90,500

The Hills Shire Council

  • Greening Hannaford Avenue Reserve, Box Hill - $35,225

Wollondilly Shire Council

  • Bingarra Gorge street tree planting - $11,900
  • Mount Hunter Roadside Planting - $4,600
  • Park and WSUD planting project - $47,295

Woollahra Municipal Council

  • Greening Woollahra - $120,000

Blacktown City Council

Memorial stage green roof demonstration project - $50,840

In partnership with Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities

The risks of planting and not planting large shade trees along our streets - $310,000

In partnership with:

  • Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils
  • Western Sydney Diabetes (Western Sydney Local Area Health District)
  • Western Sydney University
  • University of NSW
  • University of Wollongong
  • Population Wellbeing and Environment Research Lab

Camden Council

Connecting Camden White Gum - $41,500

In partnership with:

  • Australian Tree Seed Centre (CSIRO)
  • University of Sydney
  • Australian Botanic Gardens Mount Annan
  • Camden Airport

Cumberland City Council

Next-generation green prototype car park for urban resilience - $171,270

In partnership with:

  • Western Sydney University Urban Ecosystem Research
  • Alfresco Shade Pty Ltd

Georges River Council

‘The Green’ Hurstville - $129,000

In partnership with Citygreen

Hawkesbury City Council

Hawkesbury urban forest experiment - $181,000

In partnership with Western Sydney University – The Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment

Penrith City Council

Soper Place Revitalisation - $500,000

In partnership with:

  • Junglefy
  • University of Technology Sydney
  • Western Sydney University

Randwick City Council

Working with communities to create a greener Randwick - $41,200

In partnership with:

  • South East Health Network
  • Royal Children’s Hospital Sydney
  • Alliance Voices for Power East

Strathfield Municipal Council

Breathing green life into industrial landscapes - $98,725

In partnership with Macquarie University and Smart Green Cities

Waverly Council

Sky parks - $320,000

In partnership with:

  • UNSW School of Built Environment
  • Scentre Group
  • Good Start Early Learning Centres
  • Biofilta Urban
  • The Entertainment Quarter
  • McGregor Coxall

Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils Ltd.

Mitigating climate change in Western Sydney by maintaining green tree canopies - $275,000

In partnership with:

  • Western Sydney University – The Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment
  • University of Melbourne
  • Stormwater NSW

Wollondilly Shire Council

Tank to tree - $7,910

In partnership with Sydney Water and The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Urban Living Lab

Guidelines and supporting materials

The Greening our City Grant Program Guidelines and frequently asked questions provided assistance for the application process.

Online spatial tool

We have developed an online spatial tool and user guide to assist in the submission and assessment of grant applications for stream 1. Whilst essential for stream 1 grant applications, it is also available to all users to provide access to data about urban canopy cover, urban heat islands and heat vulnerability indices.

Watch our online tutorial about the Online Spatial Tool to assist grant applicants applying for stream 1.

Water efficiency report

A water efficiency study was commissioned to provide guidance for councils and their partners to support responsible tree planting. Applicants are encouraged to draw on this study as part of their application.

Canopy cover range

The allocation of funding for this stream will prioritise suburbs with lower canopy levels. Outcomes of this assessment will be compared with projects in similar canopy ranges to determine the recommended funding allocation.

Thirty-three councils across the Greater Sydney Region were eligible to apply.

  • Bayside
  • Blacktown
  • Blue Mountains
  • Burwood
  • Camden
  • Campbelltown
  • Canterbury-Bankstown
  • Canada Bay
  • City of Sydney
  • Cumberland
  • Fairfield
  • Georges River
  • Hawkesbury
  • Hornsby
  • Hunter’s Hill
  • Inner West
  • Ku-ring-gai
  • Lane Cove
  • Liverpool
  • Mosman
  • Northern Beaches
  • North Sydney
  • Parramatta
  • Penrith
  • Randwick
  • Ryde
  • Strathfield
  • Sutherland
  • The Hills
  • Waverley
  • Willoughby
  • Woollahra
  • Wollondilly.

More information

For grant enquiries contact Local Government NSW:

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Previous grant round
Previous grant round

See the first round of successful grant funding awarded in early 2019.

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