• Grants for community-based organisations fostering sustainable living and a healthy natural environment.
  • Grants up to $15,000 are available.
  • Funding is for 3 financial years, subject to annual review.
  • Applications are currently closed.

The purpose of the Sustainable Community grants is to support organisations that foster sustainable living and a healthy natural environment in the City of Boroondara. Applicants may have a specifically environmental focus, or they may be interested in developing environmental initiatives that also deliver other social benefits.


The objectives of the Sustainable Community grants are to:

  • increase community awareness and understanding of priority environmental issues and solutions
  • encourage the adoption of sustainable living behaviours and practices within the local community
  • achieve specific environmental benefits, including:
  • sustainable resource use (for example, conserving drinking water, energy and materials)
    • less waste to landfill
    • biodiversity protection
    • healthy waterways
    • walking and cycling
    • local and sustainable food production and distribution.

Refer to relevant Council policies, plans and strategies to better understand how potential services, programs and activities could contribute to Council’s objectives around environmental sustainability. 

We also recommend referring to our sustainability section to learn more about how potential services, programs or activities can contribute to Council’s sustainable objectives.

Assessment criteria

Sustainable Community applications are assessed against the following criteria.

The additional points are provided to assist in guiding your responses.

1. What are the objectives of the proposed service program activity? (25%)

  • How will your service address the Community Strengthening Grants Program objectives?
  • How will your service address at least two of the Sustainable Community objectives listed above?

2. Why is the proposed service, program or activity needed in the City of Boroondara? (25%)

  • Demonstrate that the service or program responds to a community need.
  • Demonstrate that your research has identified this gap in services and/or opportunities in the community that you intend to fill.
  • Will this project duplicate existing services or programs?
  • Demonstrate that this service or program cannot be funded elsewhere.
  • Clear rationale for the service or program being provided over a 3-year period.

3. Who will participate in your program? (25%)

  • How will the project significantly benefit City of Boroondara residents?
  • How does the service or program create links and develop partnerships with other organisations?

4. How will your organisation manage the funded service, program or activity over the 3-year period? (25%)

  • Evidence that the organisation has the expertise and capacity to successfully manage and evaluate the service or program.
  • Evidence of a relevant program or service plan (including timelines) and a realistic 3-year budget.
  • Demonstrated capacity for ongoing program and/or service development over 3 years.
  • Consideration given to the future sustainability of the program or service (for example, sponsorships or other fundraising).