Green City Grant Program
Thanks for your interest in the Green City Grant Program.
Please note the second round of applications is now closed and we're reviewing all the submissions.
If you are interested in applying for future rounds of the program, you can register your details below.
Create a pocket of greenery in the city with up to $10,000 in matched grant funding.
Help make the city a cooler and more attractive place with a grant from Council's new $200,000 Green City Grant Program.
Greening projects must be visible from a street or other public place and can include living walls, green facades, vertical gardens, planter boxes, window boxes, greenery that spills over balconies, vines or climbers on verandahs and other structures, and upgrades to existing verge gardens.
Funding is available to cover up to half of the cost of each greening project. Grants start at $500 for residents and $1,000 for business and building owners, up to a maximum grant of $10,000 in matched funding.
Also check the Planter Box Fact Sheet to see if your planter box proposal is eligible for grant funding.
Need some inspiration to create your pocket of greenery in the city? Take a look at these local, national and international examples to get your own greening project ideas flowing.
Registrations of Interest
The second round of grant funding applications is now closed.
If you wish to register your interest in possible future rounds please submit your details below.
For more information call us on (08) 8203 7203 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
What types of greening projects are eligible?
Eligible greening projects include:
- Living walls
- Green facades
- Vertical Gardens
- Planter boxes
- Window boxes
- Greenery that spills over balconies
- Vines and climbers on verandahs or other structures
- Upgrade to existing verge gardens
I have a greening proposal that doesn’t fit into any of these categories. Can I still apply for a grant?
We’re keen to consider other proposals that will add more greenery to the city. Call us on 8203 7203 to discuss your idea and whether it may be eligible for a grant.
I have plans for a greening project that meets the required selection criteria however I won’t be able to commence the work until November 2017. Am I still eligible for a grant?
You must give an undertaking to complete the project by October 31, 2017. If the works are not finished by this date, your grant allocation will be withdrawn (unless otherwise agreed with Council beforehand).
What’s the lowest value project to qualify for a grant?
The Green City Grant Program is a matched grant funding arrangement where Council agrees to meet up to half of the cost of an eligible project up to a maximum grant of $10 000.
Therefore to receive the minimum grant of $500 residents must propose a greening project that totals at least $1,000. As the minimum grant available to a commercial entity is $1,000 business and building owners must propose a project that costs at least $2,000 to complete.
I’m a resident planning to submit an application for a project that I anticipate will cost around $1,500. What kind of documentation should I provide to support this estimate?
Your estimate can be supported by a range of documents such as price lists, catalogue items, written advice regarding standard charge rates from contractors and information provided by industry associations.
Proposed Greening Projects
Will the program help fund planter boxes?
Yes, planter boxes are eligible for grant funding provided they meet the required criteria set out in the fact sheet. Green Grant Planter Box Criteria
Will I need to obtain other approvals for my greening project before it can commence?
This will depend on the nature of your project. Advice as to whether your particular project requires Development Approval will be included in the written advice concerning your grant allocation. If you wish, you can telephone us on 8203 7203 to discuss this aspect of your proposal before you submit an application.
Will the grant funding cover a greening project I construct myself?
Yes, such a proposal will be considered by the selection panel provided you include full details of your plans and the costs of all materials. Payment of the grant will also be subject to a site visit at project completion.
Will the grant funding cover the cost of any technical drawings or plans required as part of my greening proposal?
Yes, these costs can be included in the total cost of the project.
I have a ‘green’ proposal that offers benefits in terms of environmental sustainability however it doesn’t involve vegetation or plantings. Am I eligible for a grant?
No, the Green City Grant Program does not fund this type of project. However, you may qualify for a grant through the Sustainable City Incentives Scheme, which provides reimbursements for the installation of water and energy devices for properties within our Council boundaries.
Will Council care for my greening project once it’s fully established?
No. Grant recipients are responsible for the ongoing care and maintenance of their project once completed, including watering.
If my grant application is successful, when will I receive the funds?
Council will reimburse you the value of the grant funding once the works have been completed as agreed. To receive the reimbursement you must first pay for the finished works in full and provide Council with proof of payment (in the form of EFT transfers or contractors' receipts).
I own a business in the city but not the building in which it is located. Do I need to seek the building owner’s consent?
Generally, the changes you are entitled to make will depend on your individual lease arrangements. It is recommended, however, that you advise the building owner of your plans if your greening proposal is attached to the fabric of the building.
I have the funds available to meet half the cost of my project but not the full amount. If I pay the contractor my share could Council pay the remainder direct to the provider?
No. As a matched grant funding program you must be able to pay for the total cost of all works before seeking reimbursement of 50% from Council (subject to a final inspection).
I am a city resident. The project I have in mind would only cost around $600. Will Council put $300 toward this?
No. Minimum grant funding under the Green City Grant Program is $500. This means that a project put forward by a resident must be valued at $1,000 or more to be eligible.
Will the Green City Grant Program be available in 2018?
Applications for the current Green City Grant Program close on Tuesday 18 April, 2017. It is anticipated that successful applicants will be advised of their grant allocation during May 2017 allowing projects to commence (subject to the applicant securing the relevant approvals). Continuation of the program in the 2017-18 financial year will depend on a future decision of Council.