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The Metropolitan Greenspace Program (MGP) commits grant funding to local councils in Greater Sydney and the Central Coast for projects that improve and increase access to regionally significant open space.


The program aligns with the NSW Government’s Greater Sydney Region Plan, A Metropolis of Three Cities, and the Green Grid strategy, helping to create a network of high-quality green space that connects town centres, public transport hubs, and major residential areas.


The MGP is the longest running open space grants program, having started in 1983. Since 1990 over $50 million has been provided to more than 650 projects.


Grants are offered on a dollar-for-dollar basis for capital and planning works. Eligible capital works projects include shared pedestrian and cycle pathways, new or improved parks and open spaces, improved signage and accessibility. Eligible planning projects include open-space plans, plans of management and master plans that will lead to capital works.


Funding for the program comes from the Sydney Region Development Fund, which is administered by the Office of Strategic Lands.

2021-22 Grant round

In 2021-22, $4 million in funding has been made available to eligible councils via a competitive grant process and assessed by an independent expert panel.


All 33 councils in the Greater Sydney region were eligible to apply for grant funding, along with Central Coast Council.


The funding will support councils in the delivery of projects that:

  • enhance access to regionally significant public open space
  • contribute to the Green Grid and the priorities listed in the Greater Sydney District Plans. 


Grant applications closed on Friday 4 March 2022. Successful applications will be announced in late April 2022.


For more information about the grant program and application process:


Frequently asked questions

All 33 councils in the Greater Sydney region are eligible to apply for grant funding, along with Central Coast Council.

All other councils are not eligible to apply.

Eligible councils are:

Bayside Council, Blacktown City Council, Blue Mountains City Council, Burwood Council, Camden Council, Campbelltown City Council, City of Canada Bay, Canterbury-Bankstown Council, Cumberland Council, Fairfield City Council, Georges River Council, Hawkesbury City Council, Hills Shire Council, The Hornsby Shire Council, The Council of the Municipality of Hunters Hill, Inner West Council, Ku-ring-gai Council, Lane Cove Municipal Council, Liverpool City Council, Mosman Municipal Council, North Sydney Council, Northern Beaches Council, City of Parramatta Council, Penrith City Council, Randwick City Council, City of Ryde Council, Strathfield Municipal Council, Sutherland Shire Council, City of Sydney, Waverley Shire Council, City of Willoughby, Wollondilly Shire Council, Woollahra Municipal Council, Central Coast Council.

Both MGP and the recently announced Places to Roam program seek to align to and enhance the Greater Sydney Green Grid.


For MGP, matched funding on a dollar for dollar basis is mandatory, whereas for Places to Roam matched funding is strongly encouraged. Project nominations that propose a funding component from the recipient council (including works in kind contributions) will be prioritised.


Applications for MGP and Places to Roam program closed on 4 March 2022

Yes, councils that submit applications under both programs will have an opportunity to maximise available funding and deliver joint projects that together achieve better quality open space outcomes. Each application will be assessed against the published criteria for the relevant program.


2020-21 successful grant projects

The following map shows the list of successful projects across both 2019-20 and 2020-21 grant rounds.


You can open this map in a new window or view a static version of the maps for 2019-20 and 2020-21.

Page last updated: 04/03/2022