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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 $45 million has been provided to more than 635 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.

2019-20 Grants announcement

 The Minister for Planning and Public Spaces has announced the allocation of $3.83 million of funding for 13 projects from 12 Councils under the Metropolitan Greenspace Program 2019-20 grants round.


The following map shows the list of successful projects. You can open this map in a new window or view a static version of the map.

2020-21 Grants round

The Minister has announced the opening of the Metropolitan Greenspace Program 2020-21 grants round. $4 million is available to enable councils to apply for funding to provide new and upgraded open space works to support local communities and to deliver on the NSW Government’s open and public space priorities.


Applications for the 2020-21 round closed on Friday 14 May 2021. Applicants will be notified of grant outcomes in July 2021.


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


For more information about the program and the MGP Grant process you can read the Metropolitan Greenspace Program 2020–21 Guidelines


For further information, you can also contact the MGP team on email.


Page last updated: 21/05/2021