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Groundwork Sustainability Grants

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Groundwork Sustainability Grants

❯ Apply online by 5pm, 1 June

❯ Download guidelines (PDF)

2015 Groundwork Sustainability Grant supported project: 'Microbats and other creatures of the night' event at Addison Road Community Centre. The image shows the moment that the attendees heard their first microbat.
2015 Groundwork Sustainability Grant supported project: 'Microbats and other creatures of the night' event at Addison Road Community Centre. The moment the attendees heard their first microbat. Click the image to open a video of the project.

Do you or your group need funding for a sustainability project in Marrickville?

The Groundwork Sustainability Grants provide financial support to groups to take action to improve, enhance, or celebrate their local environment. Groups can apply for grants of up to $4,000 to support their environmental or sustainability focused projects.

What the grants aim to fund

The aim of the Groundwork Sustainability Grants is to support projects that:

  • demonstrate an environmental benefit to the Marrickville area
  • involve the local community
  • support people to take action and share skills and knowledge about the local environment.

Full information including eligibility and criteria is available in the guidelines (PDF document). Please ensure you read and understand this document before applying.

If you have any questions please contact Sue Burton, Team Leader Community Sustainability, at sue.burton@innerwest.nsw.gov.au or phone 9335 2197.

How to apply

The 2016 round of the annual Groundwork Sustainability Grants closed on 1 June 2016. Sign up to Enviro eNews to stay up to date on future grant opportunities.

Do you have an idea that could make a difference to our local area?

If you have a project idea in mind that will help improve the local environment, we would love to hear from you. No matter what stage you or your group is at, we can help you plan it so you have the best chance of success.

Contact Sue Burton at sue.burton@innerwest.nsw.gov.au or phone 9335 2197 for more information.

Recent Groundwork Sustainability Grant recipients

Here is a summary of grant projects from the last three years. Case studies about some of these projects and supported groups can be found at the Groundwork page.


GroupProjectSummaryAmount Awarded

Marrickville West Community Garden

Community Garden Central Hub Table

Replace table to assist gardening and workshops


Addison Road Community Centre

Urban Habitat Tree - Research & Education

Monitoring equipment, ecological services and video production


The Bower Reuse & Repair Cooperative

Community Tools

Replacement tools for Repair Cafe


Inner West Environment Group

Greenway Bird Watching Group

Materials to support bird watching activities including binoculars, tablet, and signage


Tempe Public School

A Tempe Food Forest

Collaborative design workshops to support food forest development


Australia Street Infants School

Australia Street School Bush Tucker Garden

Soil, mulch, seedlings, signage and workbooks


St Michael's School Stanmore

St Michael's Gardening & Sustainability Program

Planter boxes, vertical gardens, soil, mulch, seedlings and tools


Lewisham Public School

Indigenous Learning Trail

Interpretational signage, launch event support including Welcome to Country


Francis Street Community Garden

Frances Street Community Garden

Tools, seeds and materials to repace old garden beds and construct a greenhouse


Total Funding





GroupProjectSummaryAmount Awarded

Marrickville West Community Garden

Recycling our Kitchen and Garden Organic Waste

Hot Composting to improve organic recycling and vermin control


Addison Road Community Centre

Microbats and other creatures of the night

Nocturnal animal monitoring with the community through citizen science


Pathways Early Childhood Intervention

Expanding the Playground for Reflection of the Environment

Plants and  materials to construct an edible vertical garden


Camdenville Paddock Community Garden

Camdenville Paddock ‘Live Green Pavilion’ Restoration

Connect Solar PV and composting  toilet to pavilion and demonstration site


Stanmore Public School

Green Waste for Green Thumbs

Upgrade composting to increase capacity


Dulwich Hill Public School

Dully Ground Vision and Management Plan 2020

Upskill volunteers in weed management, construction of a frog pond and interpretive signage


Petersham Public School

Sustainable Living at Petersham Public

Extend gardening and composting program to students


Total Funding





GroupProjectSummaryAmount Awarded

Gilbert Barry Neighbourhood Gardeners

Gilbert Barry Neighbourhood Garden

Establish communal food growing in Gilbert Barry Reserve


Addison Road Community Centre

Steps to the Cooks River

Ecological garden with community engagement and interpretive signage


Australia Street Infant School Organisation

Australia Street Infant School Garden Club

Garden tools for the club


Wilkins Green Public School

Bridge to Ridge – Stage 2

Weed management and bush regeneration


Cottage in the Graveyard Community Garden

Centrifugal Honey Extractor

Purchase honey extractor to improve honey extraction


Addison Road Community Garden

Sustainable Design Infrastructure

Irrigation equipment to connect the rainwater tank with the garden


Stanmore Public School P&C

BEE Environmentally Sustainable

Native and solitary bee hives for the school garden


Tempe Public School P&C

Loose Parts Play Area

Student and staff education workshops in reuse of materials for play


Total Funding