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Environmental Sustainability Grants

Environmental sustainability grant applications are now closed. 

The assessment of applications is now under way and applicants will be informed of the decisions in early November 2018.  


About the grants

The Banyule Environmental Sustainability Grants provide incentives to new or established local community, ‘friends’ and conservation groups, to develop various environmental programs and projects that benefit the Banyule community.

Grant applications generally follow the key directions of the Planet Section of Council’s City Plan, and include the conservation of resources, reducing waste and pollution, maintaining and enhancing the natural environment or encouraging environmental stewardship.

Funding Available

There are three pools of money available.

$50K for Environmental Sustainability Grants

  • $8,000 maximum for any single application ($8000 for an exceptional project)
  • You must speak with a Council Officer prior to submitting your application.
  • Council is also offering some information sessions to assist with getting your project and application organized.
  • Please read the Environmental sustainability Grants Program 2018 Guidelines for eligibility criteria and guidance.
  • Apply through Smarty Grants SmartyGrants - Environmental Sustainability Grants 

$10K for Community Workshops to promote Sustainable Living

  • $3,000 maximum for any single application
  • Workshops should improve the knowledge and skills within the community around a specific sustainability issue, and ideally result in more sustainable everyday behaviours
  • Apply through Smarty Grants - Community Workshops
  • Please read the Environmental Sustainability Grants - Community Workshops final document for eligibility criteria and guidance

Workshop topics could include

  • Zero Waste living
  • Lowering household energy consumption
  • Planting for biodiversity
  • Water conservation
  • Sustainable gardening
  • Topics consistent with the Planet Section of our Council Plan

$15K for Residential Home Energy Audits

  • Banyule residents can apply for an energy audit of their home
  • The energy audit will identify ways you can reduce energy usage and make recommendations in an Action Plan.
  • You must be prepared to implement a couple of the low cost recommendations from the Actin Plan
  • Renters are eligible with written permission of their landlord.  Please use the form provided on the Residential Home Energy Audits webpage.
  • To access these grants, visit the Residential Home Energy audits webpage: 


Grant Recipients for 2017

We congratulate all recipients and are looking forward to hearing about the project outcomes!

In 2017, $50,000 was available for approved projects as listed.



Bundoora Secondary College

Indigenous Commemorative Garden 

 Establishment of an indigenous garden within the school.

Ivanhoe Children's Community Coorperative  

Sprouts Alive 

Establishment of a low maintenance composting system which will recycle the kitchen food waste.  

Wild Melbourne

Community Conservationists 

Profiling of eight environmental community groups within the Banyule region. Promotion of these groups will raise awareness of their work and assist in recruitment of new members. 

Winston Hills PreSchool 

Solar Panels to Reduce our Carbon Footprint  

Funding for the installation of a solar panel system.  

Mary Immaculate Primary School 

Worms, waste and growth!  

Funding for new compost bins to enable recycling of food waste at the school.    

Rosanna Fire Station Community House 

Solar Panels 

Installation of a solar panel system. Importantly these will be supported by education of staff and community visitors on the value of solar. 

Watsonia Heights Primary School 

Primary School Community Garden 

Installation of ten raised wicking beds to grow vegetables, herbs and native plants. The garden will serve as a central hub for sustainability teaching at the school  

ST Pius X Primary School

Environmental Park 

Funding to further establish garden beds within the community environment park. This planting will provide fresh produce for gardening workshops and community harvesting events. 

Murundaka Cohousing Community

2017-18 Sustainability Workshops

Hosting of five community workshops on key themes of sustainability, including introduction to composting and Beeswax food cover making. 

Watsonia Library Community Garden 

The Garden received funding to introduce new fruit trees.

The planting will be supported by educational workshops and community engagement activities. 

 Transition Banyule

Transition to a Safe Climate

Funding for the facilitation of a full day workshop on "Visioning a Transition to a Safe Climate" by Village Well.

 Darebin Parklands Association Inc 

A natural connection for the Banyule community   

Funding has been secured by DPA to run two community engagement events which aim to draw new people to the site to share and enjoy the beautiful parklands.   

 Home Compost Doctor on E-Bike 3081 Steering Committee    

Home Compost Doctor  

Funding for an electric bike, that will enable the group to deliver zero carbon advice to locals regarding the bet compost system for their home. 

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