NSW Department of Planning and Environment

Metropolitan Greenspace Program

The Metropolitan Greenspace Program (MGP) helps create liveable places, great neighbourhoods and build sustainable communities in Sydney and across NSW.

The 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 $56 million has been provided to more than 681 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.

2022-23 grant applications – closed

In 2022-23, $4 million in funding was available for eligible councils to apply for via a competitive grant process and assessment by an independent expert panel.

All 33 councils in the Greater Sydney region and the Central Coast were eligible to apply for grant funding during the application period that closed on 30 September 2022.

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

  • enhance access to regionally significant public open space
  • contribute to the Green Grid.

Applications are being assessed by an independent panel of experts.

Successful applications will be announced in late November 2022.

Read the Metropolitan Greenspace Program 2022–23 guidelines (PDF, 2.5 MB).

For more information about the grant program and application process contact the team at greenspace@planning.nsw.gov.au

2021-22 grant round

In 2021-22, 33 councils in the Greater Sydney region along with Central Coast Council were able to apply for $4 million in funding via a competitive grant process.

In May 2022, 12 councils were awarded up to $2.74 million for 12 projects. The funding will enable:

  • 13,597 homes to have access to open space within a 10 minute (800 metres) walk
  • A green grid strategy to support 80,066 homes in the Inner West Local Government Area to have better access to a network of high quality green spaces.

Successful grant projects

The following digital map shows successful projects for the most recent grant rounds.

Static versions of the maps are also available for the following grant rounds:

Page last updated: 28/11/2022