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Sustainability Grants 2018

This grant round has now closed. Submissions closed at 4:00PM 31 March 2018 (AWST).

Sustainability Grants Guidelines

A Sustainability Grant assists Community Groups, local not-for-profit groups, Small businesses, Collective households and Schools to provide projects relating to the various sustainability themes that benefit residents of Cockburn.

Applications are up to $4,000. The amount awarded will depend on the strength of the application and the number of applications received.

What is a Sustainability Grant?

The Sustainability Grants Program provides funding for projects in Cockburn relating to the following sustainability themes:

Giving Back to improve social equity and involvement across the City e.g. Volunteering; helping those in need; providing opportunities to participate.

Protecting our Future to build resilience to climate change and safeguarding biodiversity e.g. Native landscaping and community gardens, education for climate change, preservation of natural areas.

Strong Communities to build community capacity e.g. Community development, training, workshops, events, inclusive neighbourhoods.

Water, Energy and Waste to promote resource use efficiency e.g. Increased recycling, composting, water and energy efficiency.

TravelSmart to facilitate the uptake of alternative transport e.g. End of trip facilities, TravelSmart events, education.

Healthy Lifestyles promoting opportunities for improved public health outcomes in the community e.g. Events, healthy lifestyle programs, education.


Who can apply?

Sustainability Grants are available to groups in the City who:

  • primarily serve the residents of Cockburn and/or based in the City of Cockburn
  • are a
    • Community Group
    • Not-for-profit organisation
    • Small business (less than 20 employees)
    • Collective household (2 or more households)
    • School (primary, secondary or K-12)

When can I apply?

Sustainability Grant applications are invited annually from all eligible groups.

The annual funding round will close on the 31 March each year. 

Limitations and Conditions

  • Applicants must contact the Sustainability Officer on (08) 9411 3444 during business hours or email to discuss the project before proceeding with an application.
  • Projects must address at least one of the Sustainability Grant themes listed above.
  • The successful request for a Sustainability Grant in any year does not imply any ongoing commitment of the same or similar contribution in following years.
  • Applicants may only apply for one Sustainability Grant project each year.
  • Projects which demonstrate significant in-kind and/or financial contribution will be considered favourably.
  • Funding will not be provided:
    • retrospectively for projects that have already occurred or commenced prior to funding approval
    • if your project may present a hazard to the community or environment
    • if you have not acquitted any previous City of Cockburn funding
  • Applicants may not seek funding for the following:
    • Renewable energy systems
    • Rainwater tanks
    • Grey water systems
    • Hot water systems
    • Labour costs
    • Costs associated with planning approvals


IMPORTANT: Please read the information below to assist you in completing your application online.



Welcome to the City of Cockburn's online grant application service, powered by SmartyGrants.

You may begin anywhere in the application form. Please ensure you save as you go as you will be logged out after 60 minutes of inactivity.

If you need more help using this form, download the Help Guide for Applicants or check out Applicant Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)


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You can also click 'next page' or 'previous page' on the top or bottom of each page to move forward or backward through the application.


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You can also download any application, whether draft or completed, as a PDF. Click on the Download button at the bottom of the application navigation panel.


You will find a Review button at the bottom of the Navigation Panel. You need to review your application before you can submit it.

Once you have reviewed your application you can submit it by clicking on 'Submit' at the top of the screen or on the navigation panel.  You will not be able to submit your application until all the compulsory questions are completed.

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If you do not receive a confirmation of submission email then your submission has NOT been received.


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