Environmental levy grants

environmental levy grants 2021

We offer a total of $50,000 to community groups, schools, universities, not-for-profits and individuals to carry out environmental projects that support the Ku-ring-gai community. So if you are working on an existing project or have a new idea, tap into your inner creativity and help us create a more sustainable future. 

Applications for the 2022/23 grants will open in April 2022. Read on below for information on how to apply.

Congratulations to our 2021 recipients!





Lindfield Learning Village

The Atrium Rehabilitation Project

Rehabilitate bushland and provide habitat within School, increasing students’ knowledge of native flora/fauna.


Pymble Playgroup

Children’s Garden

Increase children's awareness of the natural environment, growing edible plants and flowers for pollinators.


Hampshire Ave Bushcare

Bush Regeneration

Improve bushland condition and conserve the native flora/fauna.


Warrawee Public School

Edible Garden

Increasing school communities understanding of sustainability by growing and consuming organically grown fruit and vegetables, reducing waste and increasing recycling.


St Ives Preschool Kindergarten

Native Garden

Plantings to enhance preschool communities awareness of native flora/fauna and learning about native stingless bees and ringtail possums.


Ku-ring-gai Bushcare Association

Streamwatch Program

Introducing the citizen science initiative to current and new volunteers. Promoting community involvement and local action to improve environment.


Bicentennial Park Bushcare

Bush Regeneration

Weed removal along Quarry Creek to improve, conserve and regenerate native flora in Bicentennial Park.


Killara Public School

Waste Busters Environment Club

Promoting behavioural change and environmental awareness by reducing food waste – composting, worm farming and vegetable gardening.


Kimo St Bushcare

Post burn recovery

Weeding and plant identification at Bushcare site. Promoting community involvement, increased biodiversity, and conservation of native flora.


Killara Park Bushcare

Bush Regeneration

Remove weed infestation at Killara Park. Includes natural regeneration, conservation of native flora and increased biodiversity.


Paddy Pallin Bushcare

Removal of Camphor Laurel tree

Part of a long-term term restoration strategy to improve condition of remnant Sydney Turpentine Ironbark Forest (STIF).


Masada College

Native Bee and Pollinator garden

Students will gain understanding and appreciation for the natural environment by studying native bees and relationship with plants.


Dr Lizzie Lowe & Dr Nathan Butterworth

The future of sustainable urban pest management: knowledge sharing conference

Sustainably managing damaging pests while encouraging beneficial species.


Fox Valley Bushcare Group

Bush regeneration

Supporting bush containing threatened species, Darwinia biflora. Promoting community action that benefits the natural environment.


KWG Bushcare Group

Bush Regeneration

Improving condition of upland swamp an Endangered Ecological Community (EEC). Promoting community action that benefits the natural environment.


Little Amigos Childcare Lindfield

Native garden for children

Promoting a greater understanding of the value of the natural environment, including the role of native bees.

How to apply

Applications for the 2022/23 grants will open in April 2022.

The project must deliver one of the following:

  • Increase community understanding of the value of the natural environment and local issues and impacts.
  • Increase community action that benefits the natural environment.
  • Improve the condition of bushland or the conservation of native flora and fauna.
  • Effectively engage the community in improved waste reduction, reuse and recycling.

Applicants will also need to demonstrate how their project:

  • Provides a measurable benefit to the Ku-ring-gai environment or community.
  • Partners with local groups/people to achieve its goals.
  • Can effectively meet its objectives.

Please don't hesitate to give us a call with any questions, contact Lindy Williams on 9424 0179 or email lwilliams@kmc.nsw.gov.au.

Case study - Grant recipient 2020

Sydney Virtual Edible Garden Trail

When COVD hit in 2020 and with just three days to go before the Sydney Edible Garden Trail, the team decided to take the event virtual. Costa Georgiadis from Gardening Australia came on board and live streamed his visits to selected gardens via both his social media channels and a closed facebook group that was created for ticketholders. This had a silver lining, with lots of media attention giving the event greater exposure than if it had gone ahead as planned. It allowed a wide range of people to be inspired on a national and international level. Many viewers enjoying 'visiting' more gardens than they would have been able to in a physical capacity. The event sold a total of 953 tickets. 

The project was supported by a wide range of partners and personalities including:

  • Costa Georgiadis, ABC Gardening Australia host.
  • Michael Mobbs, Off Grid expert.
  • Toni Salter, The Veggie Lady.
  • Rachel Cambridge-Potter, The Waste Free Chef.

Click here to watch the garden tour videos on their Facebook page.

Community grants

The Sydney Edible Garden Trail is more than a one weekend event. They use the profits from the event to give back to the community through a grants program. Each year (after the completion of the open garden event), school and community gardens in the Greater Sydney Region can apply for a grant to start an edible garden, or improve an existing one.

Click here to view the trails community grant winners.

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