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The Metropolitan Greenspace Program 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 Grant application now open

In 2019-20, $3.85 million of funding has been allocated for the Metropolitan Greenspace Program.


This funding will be available to eligible councils via a competitive grant process and assessed by an independent expert panel.


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


The Metropolitan Greenspace Program 2019–20 Guidelines includes details about the program requirements and application process.


How to apply

  1. Read the Metropolitan Greenspace Program 2019–20 Guidelines and determine if your council is eligible.
  2. Familiarise yourself with the program requirements and determine your application project type.
  3. Download the application form (DOCX, 202 KB)
  4. Complete and submit the application by 5.00 pm, 30th September 2020.


For more information

The MGP team is available to provide information and advice to potential applicants. You can contact the team on email:


Metropolitan Greenspace Program key objectives

  • Improve regionally significant open space including links between bushland, parks, centres and waterways.
  • Enable more effective public use of regionally significant open space.
  • Improve access to a diverse mix of open space opportunities for the community of Greater Sydney and the Central Coast.
  • Promote partnerships between state and local governments, including between different councils.
  • To support projects that demonstrate a commitment to the design and future management of open space including improved outcomes for health, sustainability, climate change and communities.

Page last updated: 30/06/2020