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The Everyone Can Play (ECP) grant program is a NSW Government commitment to support NSW councils to renew, renovate and build inclusive playspaces to ensure people of all ages, abilities and cultural backgrounds can play.


2020-21 Everyone Can Play Grant

Applications for the 2020-21 Everyone Can Play grant are closed.


Eligible applications will now be assessed and considered by an Assessment Panel. The announcement of successful projects is anticipated in early 2021.


This third round has been boosted to a total of $7 million funding.


In line with previous rounds, up to $4 million dollars of funding will be available to all NSW LGAs to upgrade and deliver new and inclusive playspaces. A further $3 million dollars of program funding will be accelerated in 2020-2021 to prioritise eligible applications from bushfire and drought affected LGAs that can demonstrate benefits to affected communities.


In the 2020-21 funding round, our matched funding category maximum thresholds have increased from $50,000 to $75,000 for upgrades, and from $200,000 to $300,000 for new playspaces.


In addition to the standard categories for new and upgraded playspaces, a small number of eligible and exemplar proposals from the bushfire and drought projects may be selected by the assessment panel to access funds of up to $700,000 and to scale up into destination style Demonstration Projects. Special conditions also apply to bushfire and drought affected LGAs across all funding categories to try to make the funding more accessible to councils.


Fore more information about the 2020-21 grant application process you can:


Previous grant round funding

The NSW Government has committed $20 million over 5 years to creating inclusive playspaces and ensuring Everyone Can Play. Close to $8 million in funding was allocated across the first two ECP program grant rounds. 71 projects from 49 councils were funded throughout NSW to upgrade existing local playspaces to make them more inclusive or create new inclusive playspaces.


ECP Grants program objectives

  • Funding for inclusive playspace delivery across NSW in partnership with councils to design and construct new and upgrade playspaces.
  • Making long term changes to the planning and design of playspaces in NSW by educating the people who manage and design these spaces. This will ensure the lasting legacy of this program for future years.


The combination of these objectives will allow the NSW Government to immediately deliver on ground benefits to the community while simultaneously changing the way playspaces are provided into the future once the funding program concludes. This structure will ensure the long-lasting benefits of this program.


Progress reporting and acquittal

  • Successful councils will be required to submit a progress report every 3 months to report on and demonstrate project progress through the 4 milestones outlined in the funding agreement.
  • Milestone stages are project commencement, design review, construction and project completion.
  • Progress reports are completed and submitted via the SmartyGrants portal.
  • Project acquittal must be completed no later than three months after the project completion date.
  • Project acquittal requires evidence of project completion including photos of completed playspace, itemised expenditure, defects or asset handover report, certification, compliance and evidence of tree planting* (*for Greater Sydney councils only).
  • Download a template of the Acquittal Checklist (PDF, 195 KB)

Page last updated: 29/01/2021