Metropolitan Greenspace Program

The Metropolitan Greenspace Program (MGP) supports local councils in Greater Sydney and the Central Coast to improve regional open space by co-funding projects that enhance open spaces, parks, bushland, natural areas, waterway corridors and tree-lined streetscapes.

The Metropolitan Greenspace Program is one of the longest running grants program in Sydney and since 1990 has awarded over $45 million to more than 620 projects. Funds are awarded to councils on a matching dollar-for-dollar basis.

Councils throughout the five Greater Sydney Districts and the Central Coast are eligible to apply.

The Greater Sydney Commission manages the Metropolitan Greenspace Program and provides the Minister with recommendations for the funding of individual grants.

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2016–17 Grants Announced

The Greater Sydney Commission in conjunction with the Minister for Planning is pleased to announce the successful grants for 2016–17. The Minister for Planning, Anthony Roberts MP, announced a record $4 million in NSW Government funding for 19 projects to enhance parks, waterways and public spaces across Sydney and in Terrigal.

These projects will enable the creation of important connections in the Green Grid across Sydney and the Central Coast. As Greater Sydney and the Central Coast grow, it is vital that communities are provided great public spaces, access to the natural environment and recreational areas.

The Greater Sydney Commission’s Environment Commissioner, Rod Simpson, said the majority of the selected projects directly deliver Green Grid priorities and projects identified in the Draft District Plans.

“We had a record value of applications from Councils this year, again the highest in the history of the fund which demonstrates the work that Councils and the Commission have been doing is coming to fruition,” Mr Simpson said.

Applications for the next round of funding under the Program will be open in September 2017.

The Commission would like to hear your feedback and welcomes any comments you may have on the program via email to

Metropolitan Greenspace Program core objectives

  • Improve regionally-significant open space including links between bushland, parks, centres and waterways.
  • Enable more effective public use of regionally-significant open space.
  • Promote planning and improve access to a diverse mix of open space opportunities for Sydney's community.
  • Promote partnership projects between state and local governments, including between different councils.
  • Support projects that demonstrate a commitment to the design and future management of open space including improved outcomes for health, sustainability, climate change and the community.


  • June 2017 - Announcement of successful projects for 2016-17
  • September 2017 - Opening of grants round for 2017-18
  • 31 January 2018 - Applications Close
  • Early 2018 - Eligibility, assessment and approval
  • Mid 2018 - Announcement of successful grants for 2017-18

Program information

The Greater Sydney Commission is committed to building a major legacy for future generations by partnering with Councils to deliver projects that assist delivery of the Green Grid network for our communities. The Metropolitan Greenspace Guidelines for 2016–17 have been aligned to the Green Grid in the Regions of Central Coast & Greater Sydney. The guidelines also include an overview of the application process and guidance for council applications.

2016–17 Successful grants

The 2016–17 round of grant offers was announced on 28 June 2017. A record total of $4 million was provided to fund 19 new projects.

Read the Minister’s announcement.

Download a map of grants for 2016-17.

Progress reporting and acquittal

Councils are required to submit a progress report to support any claims for grant payments.

This should include attached evidence to illustrate completion or progress that allows for the approval of invoices.

Photos are suitable for capital works-based funding. Copies of consultant reports or plans should be attached for design-based funding.

Invoices and progress reports should be sent to

Download a Word template of the Project Progress Report below.

Previous successful grants

A list of approved grants from 1990 to 2015-16 is available below.

This information is considered to be true and correct at the date of publication, however changes in circumstances after the time of publication may impact upon the accuracy of the data.


Online applications

A link to the online application form will be available here when the next funding round opens in 2017.



Document title
Project Progress Report template
Metropolitan Greenspace Program 2016 – 17 Guidelines
Metropolitan Greenspace Program Grants as approved for 2015 – 16
Map of Metropolitan Greenspace Program Grants 2015 – 16
Metropolitan Greenspace Program grants 2010-11 to 2015-16
Metropolitan Greenspace Program grants 1990 – 2009
Online grant applications: Information Summary
Minister's announcement 2016
Metropolitan Greenspace Program Grants 2015 - 16 Map