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Grants & Awards

NSW Community Building Partnership Program
Jul 22

NSW Community Building Partnership Program

The NSW Community Building Partnership program creates more vibrant and inclusive communities by supporting projects that encourage community participation, inclusion and cohesion, and deliver positive social, environmental, inclusive or recreational outcomes.

The program offers grants across the State at an individual State Electorate level for the enhancement of community facilities.

Grant funding of up to $200,000 is available for every NSW State Electorate. An additional $100,000 is available for electorates with higher levels of social disadvantage as indicated by higher comparative unemployment rates.

Grants will be open to local councils and incorporated not-for-profit bodies such as charities, sporting, social and environmental groups.

2016 CBP projects are required to be completed by 31 March 2018.

Public advertisements and State Members of Parliament call for applications. Further information is available on this website and from the electorate offices of State Members of Parliament.

Applications must be made online at between 13 June and 22 July 2016.

Australian Ethical Investments Community Grants Program
May 31

Australian Ethical Investments Community Grants Program

Every year Australian Ethical Investments donates 10% of its pre-tax profits to organisations making a positive difference in the world. Grants are available for $5000, $10,000 & $20,000. Eligible organisations include those working for charitable, benevolent and conservation purposes as part of a contribution to a positive and sustainable society.

For further information visit their website or view the Application Guide

IPWEA NSW Engineering Excellence Awards
May 15

IPWEA NSW Engineering Excellence Awards

As part of the annual State Conference all councils throughout NSW are encouraged to nominate projects and programs in all sizes to share best practice with peers in the industry.

The IPWEA NSW Division presents the Engineering Excellence Awards each year to promote and recognise excellence of Local Government and Public Works Projects. This is achieved through inspiration, innovation, development and completion of projects and technical management by our Members and Stakeholders. Each project nominated for an award showcases the individual and team aspirations to improve the community in which we live.

There are many benefits to submitting a nomination for the IPWEA NSW Engineering Excellence Awards; we recommend you consider nominating your projects for 2017. Whilst you may feel that many of the projects you undertake during the year are ‘just routine’ and part of being an Engineer, Works Officers or Road Officer, they may nevertheless, be an example of industry best practice and their recognition through the awards may assist a fellow Engineer/Works Officer or Road Safety Officer in undertaking projects that may not happen otherwise.

The benefits of nominating includes;

·        Award Winners will be considered for the National Excellence Awards presented at the IPWEA National Conference 2019 in Tasmania.
·        Recognition for your organisation and the Project Team
·        Inclusion in the Engineering Excellence Awards Booklet on the IPWEA NSW website
·        Receipt of an Award trophy that can be displayed
·        Recognition of your value to your organisation in being part of an Engineering Excellence Awards Gala Event
·        The opportunity to present a paper on your project at the IPWEA NSW State Conference 2017

The State Conference takes place at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley 8th-10th November. Award submissions are due Monday 15th May 2017.

Dates and location
Submissions due Monday 15th May
Awards Gala Dinner, Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley Thursday 9th November

Online information
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Events & Operations Manager Carina Jakobsen, or 02 8267 3006

May 31


Its that time again... Nominations are open for the 2017  Environment Awards  which recognise outstanding achievements by local government in NSW in managing and protecting the environment. 

This year we are celebrating 20 years of inspiration from NSW councils in programs, projects and people across 15 award categories, including the prestigious Local Sustainability Award for overall council performance and the Louise Petchell Memorial Award for Individual Sustainability, recognising the achievements of an individual (council staff member or elected councilor).

The awards are for projects undertaken during the period from January 2016 to May 2017. All eligible local government organisations are encouraged to put forward an entry. Submit your entry online now.
Award Categories

  •  Asbestos Management Award
  •  Climate Change Action sponsored by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage
  •  Communication,  Education and Empowerment sponsored by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage
  •  Community Sharps Management sponsored by NSW Ministry of Health
  •  Invasive Species Management sponsored by Department of Primary Industries
  •  Innovation in Planning, Policies and Decision Making
  •  Natural Environment Protection and Enhancement: on-ground works sponsored by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage
  •  Roadside Environmental Management sponsored by NSW Roadside Environment Committee
  •  Resource Recovery sponsored by NSW Environment Protection Authority
  •  Community Waste Services sponsored by NSW Environment Protection Authority
  •  Behaviour Change in Waste sponsored by NSW Environment Protection Authority
  •  Sustainable Procurement sponsored by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage
  •  Water Management sponsored by Water Directorate

Sustainability Awards
The Awards culminate with the two prestigious Local Sustainability Awards: one for overall council performance and one to recognise the individual achievements of a council staff member or elected Councillor in the field of sustainability.

  • Local Sustainability Award sponsored by Local Government Super and the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, includes a $10,000 prize for an overseas study tour or a professional development program for council staff.
  • Louise Petchell Memorial Award for Individual Sustainability sponsored by Local Government Super.

All details on how to apply are available on the Awards website.

Entries close on Wednesday 31 May 2017.


2017 SUEZ Community Grants
May 19

2017 SUEZ Community Grants


In 2017, the SUEZ Community Grants program will provide individual grants of between $1,000 and $15,000 each to community groups, funding social and environmental projects that contribute to a stronger community and healthier environment.

Grant Eligibility

All grant applications are assessed against the eligibility criteria, so it is important that you carefully review this information to give your submission the best chance of success.

SUEZ is committed to working with communities towards a more sustainable future, and we have developed a set of criteria to ensure funding is directed to projects with the greatest potential for impact.

To be eligible for a grant projects must address at least one of our two key focus areas:

1. Improve our environment

2. Improve our local communities

To be considered, grant applications must provide documentation to demonstrate that they:

  • meet one or  focus areas
  • are a legal entity, registered in Australia with current Australian Business Number (ABN), or have the legal backing of one, such as an auspice or funding partner
  • are an Australian registered charity or community organisation based in Australia (or have the legal backing of one, such as an auspice or funding partner) providing services and/or delivering projects in Australian communities
  • have the ability or capacity to be maintained as an entity, independently of SUEZ’s support
  • agree that financial assistance provided by SUEZ through the SUEZ Community Grants program must be spent on the approved project within the agreed time frame
  • agree that, upon receiving approval from SUEZ, any financial assistance provided through the SUEZ Community Grants program will be publicly acknowledged, and
  • have read the SUEZ Community Grants Terms and Conditions.

Please note that we will not accept more than one grant application per year for an individual project, but that you are welcome to submit applications for multiple separate projects in the same grant round.

What we will not fund

SUEZ assesses all grant applications on their individual merits and the benefits each project will provide to the community. However, there are some things we will not fund, including:

  • events or activities that may be detrimental to the environment
  • individuals
  • events associated with gambling or alcohol
  • political or military organisations or activities
  • religious or sectarian organisations involved in purely religious/sectarian activities, and
  • overseas programs and projects, including international goodwill agencies.

For a full list of the activities that will not be funded by the SUEZ Community Grants program please review our FAQ.

If you are still unsure whether your project fits within SUEZ guidelines for a community grant, please contact our team:

Email: (general enquiries)

Phone: 02 8775 5535 (9.00am – 5.00pm, Monday to Friday)

For further information and to apply, please visit the SUEZ Community Grants Website

Council Roadside Reserves Project
May 9

Council Roadside Reserves Project

NEW CLOSING DATE: Following feedback from the grant information sessions, the closing date for the Council Roadside Reserves Grants has been extended to 9 May 2017. 

A video of the Framework presentation from the information workshops is now available.

The Council Roadside Reserves (CRR) Project is a three-year project funded by the NSW Environmental Trust and managed by LGNSW.  This project will provide $1.46 million in funding to NSW local councils through a contestable grants process to be implemented over 2017-2019.


The CRR Project has been established to build the capacity of councils to enable values of natural assets in roadside reserves to be embedded into the integrated planning and reporting systems of councils.

Council Roadside Environmental Management Framework  

LGNSW has developed the Council Roadside Environmental Management Framework (CREMF) which aims to streamline roadside environmental management in councils.

Grants are available for councils to be part of the statewide pilot program to trial the framework concepts to improve the management and long-term environmental value of their roadside reserve assets.  

Consultation with councils highlighted challenges to the long-term management of roadside environments. This new framework aims to embed roadside environmental management into a council's Integrated Planning and Reporting (IP&R) framework and includes resources and tools to assist councils in the process.

How will implementing the framework assist councils?

The framework looks at councils' many complex road responsibilities holistically and aims to support councils in NSW to navigate complex legislation, meet regulatory requirements, minimise risk and make the process of improving roadside environments more efficient and cost effective.  Embedding roadside environmental management within IP&R has the benefit of streamlining the process by linking it with existing planning, reporting and asset management systems.

The framework provides tools to help councils assess and improve the value of roadside reserves.  It includes innovative solutions to manage roadside reserves as part of councils existing built assets and infrastructure processes. 

Apply for a grant 

Introduction to the CRR grants

For a brief overview of the available grants read Introducing the Council Roadside Reserves Environment Grants (PDF, 1.8MB).

How much is available?

A total of $1.46 million in funding is available to NSW local councils. Councils can apply for up to $50,000. Newly amalgamated councils will be able to apply for up to $80,000 in grant funding in recognition of the larger areas and the need to integrate systems.

Grants of up to $100,000 are available for projects involving two or more councils.

A competitive grant assessment process will be undertaken to determine successful applicants. 

How do I apply?

Refer to the Guidelines for Applicants and submit an application online. 

Attend an information session

LGNSW will hold grant overview sessions to provide councils with details on applying for grants and to introduce councils to the Council Roadside Environmental Management Framework (CREMF).

Sessions will be held in the following locations:

Hunter - 27 March

Albury - 30 March

Armidale - 4 April

Dubbo - 5 April

Register for an information session.


Applications have been extended to Tuesday 9 May 2017.

Projects are expected to commence by 1 July 2017 and have a maximum of twenty (20) months.

All projects must be completed by 28 February 2019.

This project has been assisted by the NSW Government through its Environmental Trust.