Environmental Levy Grants


2020 Grants Program opens 8 April - 29 May 2020

The Environmental Levy Grants program offers a total of $50,000 to community groups, schools, universities, not-for-profits, and individuals to carry out sustainable and environmental projects in the Ku-ring-gai area. As we all adjust to a new way of living for a while, we wanted to use this time to channel your inner creativity and work on an idea for a more sustainable future.

Funding available

Individual grants worth up to $5,000 are available. Council will consider grants up to $10,000 for larger projects with demonstrable ongoing environmental and/or community benefits. Applicants considering going for more than $5000, this will need to be discussed before applying.

We are keen to see innovative ideas focused on:

  • Promoting community understanding of the value of the natural environment.

  • Actions that benefit the local environment.

  • Conservation efforts that support recycling and reducing waste.

  • School-based initiatives.

We encourage you to be ambitious with your ideas, looking at on-ground conservation works through to opportunities for online education and community engagement.

Project delivery

Projects may be ongoing, or a new initiative that requires start-up funding to get off the ground. They should be delivered between July 2020 – June 2021, with the option to extend to 31 December 2021 where necessary.



Grants open on Wednesday 8 April and close COB Friday 29 May 2020

If you require assistance in completing the grant application or wish to discuss your ideas, we would be more than happy to discuss with you. Please call Lindy Williams on 9424 0179 or email lwilliams@kmc.nsw.gov.au.

We know this is an uncertain time for everyone and if you have a great project but are unable to complete an application for this round of grants, there will be other opportunities. 

Application process


All applications will be assessed against the criteria, by a panel of 5 members. This will include 3 representatives from Council and 2 from the community.

Recipients announced

Following the assessment of each application, the successful applicants will be notified.

Completion report

All successful applicants are required to complete a project review. This template is a short, easy to complete document to capture the successes, identify learning opportunities and promote the outcomes of the projects to the broader community. Please note that you are required to complete an Environmental Levy Grant Acquittal form (pdf. 132KB) upon completion of the project.

2019 recipients

Last years projects included a wide range of themes. From bush regeneration, habitat creation and recycling, to conservation research and community education. A number of schools also received native bee hives, created pollinator gardens and built wildlife corridors.

  • KU St Ives Barra Brui Preschool.
  • Department of Environmental Sciences, Macquarie University.
  • Water Streetcare Group.
  • Larkin Streetcare Group.
  • Turramurra North Public School.
  • Guari Maini.
  • Ku-ring-gai Plant Rescue.
  • Keeping Ku-ring-gai Clean Group.
  • Sydney Edible Garden Trail.
  • Hampshire Avenue Bushcare Group.
  • Ku-ring-gai Boomerang Bags.
  • Lady Game Community Kindergarten.
  • Newington College Lindfield.
  • Wahroonga Waterways Landcare.
  • Friends of Lane Cove National Park.
  • Centre for Ecosystem Science, University of NSW.
  • Abingdon/Longford Bushcare Group.
  • Kimo Bushcare Group.
  • Paddy Pallin Foundation.
  • Minnamurra Bushcare Group.
  • Bicentennial Park Bushcare Group.
  • Ku-ring-gai High School.
  • WildThings NSW.

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