Environmental Grants

Environmental Grants
Native Nature Nook at McAuley Catholic Primary School - Environmental Grant Recipient

Woollahra Grants Program 2024/25 - applications closed

Our Environmental Grants are open to local non-profit community organisations, schools and non-profit early learning centres for projects that protect or enhance our local environment.

Applications are now closed for our 2024/25 program. Applications submitted for this year are currently being assessed and successful applicants will be informed in late June 2024.

Our next grant round is expected to open in April 2025.

If you are interested in applying for a grant in our 2025/26 round, please fill out the Grants Expression of Interest form and we will add you to our grants promotions list.

Key Dates 2024

  • 1 April - grant applications open
  • 5 May - grant applications close
  • Late June - grants announced
  • 1 July - grant projects can commence

Our 2024/25 grants will include small grants of up to $3,000 and large grants of between $3,001 and $7,500.

Policy and Guidelines

Our Grants Policy (2023)(PDF, 899KB) and Grants Guidelines(PDF, 292KB) (2023) provide the important details you'll need about eligibility, funding streams and selection criteria. 

What types of projects can be funded?

There are many types of projects that may be suitable for environmental grant funding. Council has an ongoing focus on climate change action and we encourage projects that help reduce carbon emissions and minimise waste.

Examples of projects that may be considered for Environmental Grants include:

  • Energy saving initiatives e.g. solar installations or LED lighting upgrades
  • Water saving initiatives e.g. smart sprinkler systems or water tanks
  • Waste minimisation/recycling initiatives e.g. reusable plates and cups for canteens
  • Habitat support e.g. clean-up activities on beaches or in reserves or bush regeneration
  • Biodiversity projects e.g. small bird habitat gardens, bush tucker gardens or native bee hives, and
  • Cooling your school through tree planting.
  • Active transport projects e.g. installing bike racks for student use.

Who can apply?

Our Environmental Grants are open to schools, non-profit early learning centres and non-profit community organisations only. 

3 top tips when applying for an Environmental Grant

  1. Projects with clear, measurable environmental benefits have the greatest chance of success. A key question to answer well is:

    How will your project protect and/or enhance the local environment? 

  2. Check you are eligible. Businesses and individuals are not eligible for this grant stream. You cannot apply for funds to cover staff wages. Check the Policy(PDF, 899KB) and Guidelines(PDF, 292KB).

  3. Ensure your project is well planned. Liaise with key people on your site early to plan your project and check you can do what you want to, where you want to. Then create a realistic budget that covers all important elements. For example don't forget to budget for soil if you are doing a habitat garden project.

Other support information when applying

More information

Contact our Sustainability Team on 9391 7095 or sustainability@woollahra.nsw.gov.au if you have any questions.

Double Bay Public School Rooftop Solar
Double Bay Public School Rooftop Solar

Successful projects from previous years

You can see the list of previous successful applicants and their projects below.

Group picking up litter
Splash without the Trash, supporting beach clean-ups at Rose Bay Beach


For more information, please contact:

Environmental Education Officer
Telephone: 9391 7095
Email: sustainability@woollahra.nsw.gov.au