Environmental Grants

This program aims to support environmental improvement projects and initiatives in the Waverley Local Government Area that align with Council’s Community Strategic Plan (here) and Environmental Action Plan (here). These guide the delivery of Council’s projects and programs to achieve our environmental targets.  Council’s targets focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, responding to climate impacts, increasing sustainable transport, waste reduction and reuse, water quality and use, and biodiversity.

Who can apply

Schools, child care centres, incorporated community groups and local micro businesses can apply with proposals that contribute to meeting targets in waste, water, energy and biodiversity. Before submitting a proposals for a garden on public land, please email publicgardening@waverley.nsw.gov.au.

How much money is available

Grants are made available in two rounds a year.  Groups meeting the program criteria can apply for one grant per round, up to the value of $5,000.  Grants over this amount may be made at Council’s discretion.  Applicants are encouraged to contribute towards their proposed project through cash and or in-kind contributions.

Application Closing Dates

Next round closing Monday, 4 April 2022.

Writing your application

Environmental grants are available to fund ‘on the ground’ projects, with real, measurable outcomes.  Projects must have a desirable effect on the environment and meet one or more of the following priorities:


  • Waste avoidance, reduction and recycling
  • Demonstrate reuse or fostering the circular economy
  • encourage waste diversion, composting, worm farming
  • reduce illegal dumping
  • reduce littering


  • reduce mains water consumption (eg. Water tanks, dual flush toilets, etc)
  • reduce water pollution in Waverley’s waterways (eg. litter reduction projects)

Greenhouse gas emissions

  • reduce car use and/or increase travel by the public transport, walking, cycling or the use of non-motorised vehicles
  • reduce electricity use (eg. lighting upgrades, solar panels etc)
  • reduce gas use

Plan and respond to the impacts of climate change

  • minimise climate risks to community wellbeing (eg natural cooling measures, such as canopy trees)
  • mitigate environment risk from extreme weather events (eg rain gardens for drought resilience)


  • contribute to the protection of native species and ecological communities (eg. bush regeneration, education)
  • enhance habitat connectivity and improve weed management (eg. native gardens)
  • increase awareness of Intertidal Protected Areas and Bronte to Coogee Aquatic Reserve.

If your application is successful, you must agree to

Submission of an application requires acceptance of the following conditions:

  • Use the funding for the purpose stated in the application within 12 months, or make an application for a variation and/ or extension
  • Accept Council’s general terms and conditions, and any special conditions that may be specified in your letter of offer
  • Provide evidence of expenditure of funds including copies of all receipts in a final report after 12 months
  • Provide an evaluation of the project, outlining what has been achieved in a final report after 12 months
  • Return any unspent funds exceeding $100 to Council
  • Appropriately acknowledge Council support in all promotional material and information that relates to the grants-funded project
  • Adhere to the principles of access and inclusion at all times
  • Provide Council access to information for any media or promotional purposes e.g. online case study
  • Provide photos to be used for media and promotional purposes.

Submit your application

For more information

Sustainability Engagement Officer
Phone: 9083 8049
Email: environment@waverley.nsw.gov.au

Need more information?

Email: smallgrants@waverley.nsw.gov.au
Phone: 9083 8049

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