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Greening our City grant

2021 Greening our City grant - open now

Up to $10 million in total is available to be shared among councils to fund new tree planting projects. There are 33 councils across the Greater Sydney region eligible to apply (eligible councils listed in guidelines and supporting materials section below).

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

Update: The 2021 grant applications closing date has been extended until 11:59pm Wednesday 21 April 2021, to allow for more time to complete grant applications.

Please be advised that any applications received after the closing date will not be considered.

Applicants must:

  • submit completed applications by 11.59pm (AEST) on Wednesday, 21 April 2021.
  • answer all questions in the application portal and attach copies of plans/reports referred to in application.
  • provide general manager endorsement of the application at the time of submission or no later than 11.59pm (AEST) on Friday, 30 April 2021.

For further information on how to apply, please refer to the Greening our City Grant Program guidelines and supporting materials below.

Guidelines and supporting materials

Greening our City Grant Program guidelines and frequently asked questions

The Greening our City Grant Program guidelines and frequently asked questions provide further details about the application process.

Eligible local government areas for grant funding

  • 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

Online spatial tool

An online spatial tool and user guide have been developed to assist in the submission and assessment of grant applications. The tool provides access to data about urban canopy cover, urban heat islands and heat vulnerability indices.

Watch our online tutorial about the Online Spatial Tool.

Water efficiency report

A water efficiency study was commissioned to provide guidance for councils 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 grant round prioritises suburbs with lower canopy levels. Outcomes of this assessment will be compared with projects in similar canopy ranges to determine the recommended funding allocation.

Greening our City previous grant rounds

The Greening our City grant program supports local councils and their partners to enhance urban tree canopy and green cover by funding tree planting and demonstration projects across Greater Sydney.

Two funding rounds in 2019 and 2020 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 31 projects approved for over $5.3 million across 20 councils in Greater Sydney.

The second round of grant funding was awarded in late 2020 with 50 tree-planting and demonstration projects approved for $10.2 million across two funding streams.

More information

For grant enquiries contact Local Government NSW: