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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 Grant

2019-20 grant applications are now closed. We are currently assessing applications and will notify councils directly of the progress of their application.


$3.85 million of funding is available to successful councils.


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 2019–20 Guidelines.


You can also contact the MGP 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: 01/10/2020